Do you want an easy method to clean your thermal coffee pot? I sure was In addition, I experimented with a wide variety of approaches, some of which were completely ineffective and others of which were successful to a lesser but still noticeable degree. Not one of them was as simple and straightforward as the method I'm about to reveal to you.

With convenience in mind, we picked a thermal carafe coffee maker. One of us wakes up much earlier than the other, so it wouldn't be safe to use a coffee maker with a glass reservoir on the stove. Because of their well-sealed lids, thermal mugs prevent oxygen from spoiling brewed coffee for a longer period of time.

The thermal coffee carafe has the disadvantage of being trickier to clean than a regular tempered glass carafe.

I didn't think this cleaning trick would work any better than the others until I tried it. But I'm not one to give up without a fight, and this method seemed so easy that I had nothing to lose by trying it.

pinterest image how to clean your thermal coffee pot without scrubbing

Why is it so difficult to clean thermal coffee mugs?

Every coffee maker can be kept in pristine condition by simply washing it in soapy water and brushing it out after each use. This, however, is the real world. A typical coffee pot cleaning at our house consists of a quick rinse. There must be others out there like us, I assure you.

It's more of a hassle to clean a thermal coffee pot, so many people just give up and use the "rinse and go" method.

There are two valid reasons why this type of pot is more trouble to clean and maintain.

Coffee pots with smaller openings at the top.

Most thermal carafes have a smaller opening at the top to keep in heat. And it retains heat very well, even if the lid is rarely removed until the pot is completely empty.

It's a lot more difficult to get to the contents of the pot thanks to the narrower openings. Nobody likes having their hand caught. In contrast to a glass pot, which can be easily cleaned with a soapy dishcloth, a thermal pot's interior is typically inaccessible. The difficulty extends to the use of brushes, as they are not optimally designed to access all areas.

inside the thermal pot is made of a different material

There's also the fact that the interior of thermal coffee pots is lined with metal, which can be a pain to scrub. Contrasted to the smoothness of glass, this surface material readily absorbs and retains coffee stains. Oils in coffee bind dirt and grime to the surface, making cleanup a chore.

In spite of daily rinsing, it eventually takes on this appearance:

image of inside of coffee pot with brown residue

Poorly performing cleaning techniques

Not among my favorite activities is cleaning. However, it is essential to have tidy possessions. Whenever I have to clean something, no matter how big or small, I always try to do it as efficiently as possible.

I've put a number of thermal coffee pot cleaning methods to the test over the years.

  • using baking soda and dishwashing liquid to scrub
  • Using baking powder, letting it sit, and then scrubbing with a metal scrub brush to clean the pot's interior.
  • Other cleaning products like Bon Ami and Bar Keeper's Friend

You shouldn't bother with any of those approaches. All of them are much more time-consuming than the one I'm about to show you, and none of them produce results even close to as good.

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The Quickest and Easiest Method for Descale Your Thermal Coffeemaker

My initial reaction upon hearing about this method was one of skepticism, as it sounded far too simple. Perhaps after reading this post you'll feel the same way I did. After all, I had seemingly exhausted every option, and the outcomes had never been satisfactory. And lo and behold, it delivered precisely as advertised

Truth be told, I was both overjoyed and disappointed. I'm both happy and sad: happy because I've found a way to clean it thoroughly and make it look brand new with minimal effort, and sad because I wasn't aware of this sooner. What, then, is the secret ingredient that, without any scrubbing, leaves your thermal coffee pot's interior looking as good as new?

Right, then, it's here. Tablets for the dishwasher, the lowly appliance

three different dishwasher tablets Tabs for the dishwasher

Yep Who would have thought?


The method is dead simple.

Put one tablet from the dishwasher into the used coffee pot. Put in some boiling water to the pot. Why this is crucial It's imperative that the water be scalding. Using hot water, I attempted the same process, but it wasn't nearly as successful.

coffee pot with dishwasher packet at the bottom

The dishwashing detergent starts dissolving almost instantly, as you can see.

coffee pot with boiling water and dishwasher detergent

Time the dishwasher tablet for 30 minutes and watch it work its magic. Once the recommended amount of time has passed, the cleaning solution can be poured out. Check the water to see how much of the leftovers have been absorbed. In the same vein as a diluted cup of coffee

coffee pot and small cup with dirty liquid

After rinsing thoroughly with clean water and pouring off the cleaning solution, the final product is shown below.

clean inside of thermal coffee pot Home appliance that makes coffee for us.

Outstanding, wouldn't you say? It comes off easily and cleanly in the wash, though you might need to use a brush to loosen some stubborn residue. Nothing could make it simpler. Don't you think it's brand new looking?

You might be wondering if only certain dishwasher tablets work with this method. This is one of those questions that, based on personal experience, I can confidently answer in the affirmative. Likewise, powdered dishwasher detergent can be used. Cleaning a thermal coffee maker is as simple as using the same amount you would for a normal dishwasher load.

Could a longer waiting period for the hot liquid result in better results? The correct response is "NO" Due to the efficacy of this strategy, waiting is unnecessary. Leaving it out for too long, like overnight, can actually cause an off flavor that lingers in the mouth the next day.

When using liquid dishwasher detergent, I have not tried this. Please share your success in doing so and comment below if you do.

I decided to find out what would happen if I tried an alternative recipe for "emergency dishwasher detergent." In that recipe, the three ingredients were all mixed together: baking soda, dish soap, and salt. Simply put, it was useless. I won't switch laundry soaps.

However, I'm relieved to report that I achieved identically stellar outcomes with milder, dye-free detergents purchased at my neighborhood Trader Joe's.

Here's yet another before-and-after picture to prove that this wash-and-go cleaning method is effective.

Before and after pictures of thermal coffee pot

Incredible, right? Consistently performs as if brand new

And that's the scrubbing-free way to clean your thermal coffee pot.

Please see the following articles for more of my illuminating cleaning advice:

Methods you can do on your own to save money on cleaning supplies


Helpful Advice from a Trained Cleaner

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