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Removing Coffee Stains From Pot

One thing that everyone has is coffee, and it is an addicting drink.

So what do you do with your coffee after it impacts one of your stainless steel pots or carafes? You can wash them out with water, but that will not remove the stains from the coffee. So how do you remove them? 

Let's discuss how to care for your coffee thermos, coffee pot, cups, and other stainless steel ware before the stains develop into a hardened state that you cannot remove using water alone.

Let’s get started!

Ways to remove coffee stains from your stainless steel items

Baking Soda and Vinegar

What does vinegar and baking soda clean?

Baking soda is alkaline and is an effective removal of stains. The process, however, takes time. Baking soda added to a small amount of vinegar will make it work more effectively.

Advantage: Baking soda is cheap, easy to find at any grocery store, local health food stores or pharmacies. Also, you can purchase vinegar at most supermarkets or liquor stores.


  • Put baking soda into a bowl or some other container that you can use to mix the baking soda with vinegar.
  • Add a tiny amount of vinegar and mix it well. The mixture should form a consistency between a paste and a liquid.
  • Use a sponge or a cloth to apply the mixture onto the stain, then add more baking soda and vinegar if necessary to cover all of the stains.

Let it dry or rinse with water depending on how the stain looks after the baking soda is applied for 10 minutes.

Ice and Salt

Empty your thermos and fill it a quarter of the way with crushed ice cubes. Next, add two to three large spoonfuls of salt. It works best with coarse-grained salts, like sea salt or coarse-ground salt.

Then, screw the lid on your thermos and vigorously shake it. The coarse salt and ice shards will scrape away stains that have accumulated on the metal. Shake it up until the ice and salt have done their job. 

After that, pour out the mixture and fill the flask with warm water. Swirl it around to loosen any remaining debris before pouring it out. Rinse the bottle several times to remove all traces of salt before allowing it to dry.

Denture Tablets

What can you use denture tablets for?

Denture tablets usually contain a gritty substance that is very abrasive and can help to remove coffee stains. You can follow the same steps as in the ice and salt method to clean it.

Advantage: This method is safe and doesn’t change the taste of your coffee, unlike other methods.

Lemon Juice

You can also use lemon juice as an effective stain remover. Put the lemon juice into the pot/carafe/container where the stain is present. Swirl it around with a spoon to loosen any dirt or debris. Let it sit for 5 minutes, then wash it out with water.

Advantage: Not only can this method remove stains, but it can also freshen up your stainless steel item without all the harsh bleaching chemicals in some commercial cleaners.

Dishwasher Powder

Place dishwasher powder onto a sponge or soft cloth and rub it onto the coffee stains. It will scrub away the stains and leave a clean shine behind.

Advantage: Dishwasher powder is a quick and easy way to clean out your coffee pot or carafe. All you have to do is sprinkle some of it on a sponge or cloth, then wipe it on your item.

Dishwasher powder is safe to use on these items if you don't scratch them with any rough materials.

Hydrogen Peroxide

What is hydrogen peroxide used for?

Hydrogen peroxide is an oxidizer, which means it can remove stains, rust and oxidation. It will also disinfect your stainless steel items.

Advantage: Hydrogen peroxide is a safe cleaning agent that you can use on any stainless steel item without damaging or staining them.

How to remove the stainsFirst, rinse the pot

Remove the dirty cleaning water from the coffee pot. To remove the excess cleaner, rinse the inside and outside with fresh water. Then wipe the inside and out of the pot with a dry cloth.

Clean pot with your favourite cleanser 

Now your coffee pot is ready for cleaning the stains. Add the required amount of peroxide to the inside of the pot.

Pour it in slowly, so it doesn't splash out. Swirl around with a spoon or soft bristle brush to ensure that every inside part is covered in peroxide. Let it sit for a few minutes. 

Rinse with warm water

Rinse the inside out of the pot with warm water and wipe it dry with a clean cloth. 

Repeat if necessary

Reapply peroxide to any areas that are stained or not completely clean looking. Let it remain for five more minutes, and then pour out the peroxide and rinse with water. Finally, dry your coffee carafe with a soft cloth. 


You may use these methods to clean all of your stainless steel coffee ware. These are the most effective ways to clean coffee stains, rust, dirt, etc. 

The best and most effective way to care for your stainless steel coffee ware is to clean them right after using them because it will be easier. 

Also, avoid using harsh chemicals and never use steel wool pads and abrasive cleaners to clean the items as they will damage the flavour and appearance of your stainless steel coffee equipment!

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