Coffee stains are probably one of the hardest stains to remove anywhere: on clothes, table cloths and napkins, pots, pitchers, coffee cups and on carafes. Removing them can prove to be quite a challenge especially if the stains have been there for a long time. Whatever material your coffee carafe is made of, it is definitely bound to have coffee stains from continued use. A stained carafe does not look good. You will be ashamed to use it when you have visitors because they are stained. Instead, you will end up buying a new one and begin the process of having it stained too. Before deciding to throw your coffee-stained carafe into the trash, try these tips first.
- Baking soda and vinegar are staples in removing stains and odors. To clean your carafe of coffee stains, mix a cup of vinegar and a cup of baking soda. Dissolve the baking soda in the vinegar. Make sure that the carafe is washed thoroughly. Cover the carafe and shake the mixture inside and let it stand for half an hour. Rinse well with warm water and you will see that the stains are gone. You can also use baking soda alone. Use a generous amount and spread it all over the carafe and use a sponge or a scrub to remove the stains.
- Use a dishwasher detergent. Fill the carafe halfway with hot water and put the detergent inside. Mix well. Let the mixture sit until it is no longer hot. Use a scrub, sponge or brush to use on the carafe. If the stain persists, repeat the process until there is no longer any stain visible.
- Lemon juice is another option. Slice a lemon in half and rub the carafe with it. Lemon has acidic properties that will help in removing the stains. Let the juice sit for about half an hour before rinsing the carafe with water and soap.
- Would you believe, even denture-cleaning tablets can be used? The job of these tablets is to whiten and clean dentures while being soaked. So why not on a carafe? Fill the carafe with water and dump two to three tablets of denture cleaners and leave overnight. You will be surprised to see your coffee carafe all clean and free of coffee stains!
- You can look in your medicine cabinet and you will find the solution to your problem. Hydrogen peroxide is used to clean wounds. And it can also be used to remove stains from your carafe. Dilute it with water in a spray bottle. Spray onto the carafe and let the peroxide fizz. Wait for an hour before rinsing.
Maintain the look and cleanliness of your carafe by following the above tips every time you use it. There is no point in waiting for the coffee stains to accumulate before you remove them. It will be a lot harder if you wait a long time before removing the stains. Make sure that the scrub you will use will not damage the carafe. You can do this not just on a carafe, but also on plates, cups, saucers and other kitchen utensils that have been stained by different kinds of food over time. You will end up having brand new-looking kitchen implements.