How to Clean a Glass Coffee Carafe
A glass coffee carafe is an important part of any coffee lover’s arsenal, and can help make sure you’re sipping on fresh coffee every morning. But, with frequent use, coffee carafes can start to harbor lots of oils and germs. To keep your carafe clean and functioning, it’s important to give it the occasional deep clean. Here are the steps to follow for an effective and sanitary carafe clean:
Step 1: Mix a Cleaning Solution
Mix a solution of warm water and baking soda. The baking soda will act as a natural abrasive and help get rid of stuck-on oils and deposits. Use a ratio of roughly ¼ cup of baking soda to 1 quart of water. Swirl the mixture around in your carafe to ensure that it coats the entire surface.
Step 2: Let Soak
Let the baking soda solution sit in your carafe for at least thirty minutes. Within this time, the baking soda will have had a chance to break down oils and other deposits, making them easier to clean out.
Step 3: Rinse Out
Once the solution has had the chance to soak, rinse the remains out of your carafe with warm water. The dirt and oils should rinse away fairly easily. Use a kitchen scrubbing brush to give the inside a thorough scrub, paying attention to any hard to reach spots.
Step 4: Sanitize
If you want to ensure your carafe is left bacteria-free, try sanitizing it with white vinegar. Fill up your carafe with a solution of one-part white vinegar and one-part water, then let it sit for 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes, discard the solution and give the carafe a rinse with warm water.
Step 5: Dry and Enjoy
Make sure that all the water has been removed and then store your carafe in a dry place. Once your carafe is all dried up and clean, pour yourself a delicious cup of coffee and enjoy!
- Be sure to use a mild soap when washing your carafe if it has been heavily stained.
- Fill your carafe with boiling water after use. Boiling water will help break down some of the oils that may be sitting in the carafe.
- Wash your carafe with hot water and mild soap after every use.
- If you have plastic parts to your carafe, like a handle or lid, avoid using an abrasive solution as this could damage them.