How to Clean Burnt Glass Coffee Carafe
1. Soak in a Hot Water and Baking Soda Solution
The first step to cleaning a burnt glass coffee carafe is to soak it in a hot water and baking soda solution. Start by filling the carafe two-thirds of the way with hot water. Add about 2 tablespoons of baking soda for each quart of hot water used. Place the lid on the carafe and give it a good shake, making sure to coat the sides of the carafe and the lid. Next, let it sit for 30 minutes.
2. Use a Sponge and Baking Soda
Once the carafe has soaked, take a sponge and sprinkle some baking soda on it. Use the sponge to scrub the carafe, being sure to get all sides. If the burned-on residue is really caked-on, you can use a non-abrasive scrubbing pad or a soft-bristled brush to work out the hard-to-remove stain.
3. Rinse and Dry the Carafe
Once the carafe has been scrubbed and cleaned, rinse it out thoroughly with warm water. To dry, use a dry paper towel or a kitchen towel. You may need to repeat the soak and scrub steps a few times for heavy burned-on stains.
4. Maintenance Tips
To keep your carafe from getting too burned on in the future, here are a few maintenance tips:
- Clean After Each Use: Always rinse and scrub the carafe after each use, while the residues are still soft and easy to remove.
- Use Hot Water: Use hot water to warm up the carafe before you make coffee. This will prevent any remaining coffee oils and fats from sticking to the carafe.
- Don’t Leave Coffee Overnight: Don’t leave coffee inside the carafe overnight, as the oils and fats will solidify and be harder to remove.
5. Cleaning the Lid
The lid of the coffee carafe should also be cleaned regularly. You can use the same hot water and baking soda solution used for the carafe. Give it a good scrub with the sponge and baking soda and then rinse it out. You should also wash the lid with soap and warm water every few weeks to remove any build-up.