Is it bad to clean a coffee pot with dish soap?

Is it bad to clean a coffee pot with dish soap?

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  1. I always used a solution of 50/50 water and Clorox that gets rid of all the stain you don’t have to worry about soap residue left in the pot unless you turn it upside down and let it drain out but I don’t use a coffee pot anymore I use a Keurig it makes better coffee and there’s only me so I have a fresh cup of coffee every time I drink a cup and I averaged about 14 cups in 2 days so I have 14 refillable K-Cups I have a special way to treat coffee grounds it all goes out on my front yard I recycle 100%

  2. Well, that depends on what you mean by “clean.”
    I had a friend who had a really fancy coffee maker. It was a deep red, which is of course totally irrelevant.
    One day its display said it needed cleaning. She wondered how on earth it knew, but she dutifully got out a sponge and soap and cleaned it. It sparkled. but the message would not go away. She was surprised when I said it needed vinegar, but I showed her how to let the vinegar stand in the pot and run it through the system, and the message went away. My best guess is that the pot either timed how long it took to heat the water, or had a temperature sensor on the heating element. If it takes longer to heat the water, or the element gets hotter than usual, then limescale is building up.
    If you want your coffee pot to sparkle, and be hygienic, use the soap. It’s a great idea.
    If you want it to keep working, you can get proprietary descalers, or you can just use white vinegar, which is far cheaper.
    Years ago, living in Austin, which is probably almost but not quite the hard water capital of the world, my wife threw out the coffee maker because it stopped working. All it needed was vinegar and patience. Even though the water tube was completely blocked, the vinegar would have dissolved the limescale and eventually cleared the tube

  3. As long as the pot is thoroughly rinsed, I don’t see why you can’t clean a coffee pot with dish soap.
    However, I wouldn’t advise cleaning the water reservoir with dish soap. It’s too difficult to get the soap residue out of it. Use white vinegar to clean that and then follow with a couple of cycles of plain water.

  4. It is alright to use dish soap but I doubt the heavy coffee stains would disappear. For a 100% safe and shinny clean pot I use CLR. A few tablespoons on tepid water and a soft sponge make a miracle happen. It is very safe when rinsed well and the coffee pot as well as outer parts will shine and be smell free. Make sure you do not use it inside the mechanical works. USE ONLY OUTSIDE!! You can also use CLR for bathtubs,sinks,shower heads and any metal glass or ceramic getting moldy,rusted or scummy.

  5. Depends on the pot, I guess. Mine is glass with a plastic handle and lid, with some metal accents. I usually just rinse it out. But, maybe once a week, I wash it with dish soap and a sponge. Then, I make sure to rinse it with a lot of water. I don’t want to taste any soap in my coffee.

  6. I’m not sure what you mean by ‘dish soap’. Next to the washbasin in my bathroom there is a soap dish with a bar of soap in it. Is this ‘dish soap’? If so, I would not recommend you use it to clean a coffee pot because the soap’s fragrance persists and would spoil the flavour of any coffee you you made in it.


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  8. It isn’t any different than cleaning any other pots, dishes or cups but if you have a glass pot (or carafe as it’s called) + afraid of scratching or breaking it while washing it – just wipe it lightly with dish soap + rinse it well with cool water.

  9. Assuming you are cleaning a stainless or glass (including pyrex boron glass etc.) yes. Fill it with water, add a couple of drops of soap, wipe the insides with a dishcloth – not too abrasive – and then rinse thoroughly. Usually I do about three full pots of cold tap water before I quit, because the residue is rather nasty in your next cup.
    I have run more coffee pots than I can count through the top rack of a dishwasher too.
    If you find you are getting a lot of residue your water may be too hard or calcinated or suffer some other minor ‘defect.’ I only make coffee with water that’s been through a Brita filter. It eliminates about 99% of the minerals and makes noticeably clearer coffee. (And as a side bonus, my kettle’s insides look brand new after 10+ years.)
    Failing that leave a dilute solution of vinegar in the pot to clean the scale then rinse until you can’t smell the vinegar.
    Good luck.

  10. Do you mean to wash the carafe/container the coffee dispenses into? If so, as long as you rinse it, soap kills a lot of bacteria and is great for removing dirt and scum.
    If you mean the coffee pot itself, as in the apparatus, I suggest htat you read the instruction manual.

  11. My first thought was “why would it be?” and then I remembered that back when I made beer I never used detergent because it can leave a film on the glass that affects the quality of the beer. So yes, I can see how using detergent could be a problem.
    It can be difficult to remove all detergent traces. I suspect the only issue would be taste and you may or may not notice the difference. Wiping it out and rinsing is probably good enough.
    I don’t actually drink coffee, (and rarely wash the pot) so I wouldn’t notice a slight trace of detergent anyway. I will occasionally soak it in bleach if it is looking dingy.

  12. Is it bad to clean a coffee pot with dish soap?
    Okay, let’s start with asking where you found dish “soap” because I have never in my 52 years on this planet seen dish “soap”, not even at traditionalist and reenactor events, only dish “detergent”.
    Nonetheless, the answer depends upon the type of coffee maker and the type of crud which needs cleaning. If the coffee maker was splashed with cooking grease/oil, then by all means it should be washed and rinsed thoroughly. If it’s a yard sale or storage unit find, then by all means it should not only be thoroughly washed, but also washed with a strong disinfection solution like bleach and water then thoroughly rinsed and several rinse cycles run through it as well before use.
    Otherwise, no. You should never use detergent or soap in a coffee maker, and especially not one with a water reservoir. I don’t even like using vinegar in a coffee maker with a water reservoir unless I follow the descaling with disassembly of the unit to allow for the reservoir to be completely flushed out (just recently did that with my Keurig).
    Patina is your friend with coffee, no detergent nor soap ever touches my coffee wares!
    It’s espresso in my Keurig using these reusable screen filters instead of paper because the paper ruins the taste and removes the good-for-yous from the coffee.

    Is it bad to clean a coffee pot with dish soap?

    Is it bad to clean a coffee pot with dish soap?

    In the French press it’s Colombian dark roast brewed for at least ten minutes … that four minute nonsense barely makes colored water!

    Is it bad to clean a coffee pot with dish soap?

  13. I do fairly frequently and it works for me! I think I read on Quora not to do that, though. Maybe it was a purist coffee connoisseur who wrote that. I’m not exactly one of those, but I do enjoy my morning coffee and often get it from the local (not Starbucks, local-local) coffee place. I get it pre-ground, as I never could find a grinder that didn’t get on my nerves. So you get the idea of what kind of a coffee person I am. About cleaning, I also put the glass-and-plastic carafe (Cuisinart brand) in the dishwasher a few times a week. May not be the most highly-recommended thing to do, but it does get the old coffee smell and taste out, and it’s easy. Have been doing this for a few years now, same carafe, and no problems that I know of.

  14. Just the glass pot would be okay to do that with although I start with ice cubes and quite a bit salt.
    Now for the actual machine you might have a hard time getting the smell/taste out.
    For that I just run straight white vinegar through following a few runs of plain water.

  15. To clean a coffee pot , or for that mater , many other items , I recommend using citric acid .Cheap , readily available in any super market , it is a food product , so presents no health issues , rinces away under the tap , leaving no taste residues. Try it , you won’t be disappointed

  16. Well… there are coffee pots and then there are coffee pots.
    What’s it made of? The safe rule of thumb is that glass or pyrex or ceramic?… Using soap and water is fine.
    That would include many drip pots from automatic systems, your fifty buck Bodum French Press and any number of espresso carafes.
    The only other general rule is…. stay away from system innards with soap and water. If your Acme Double Ought Twelve needs an internal cleaning…. RTFM. Manufacturers can be idiots, but it’d be rare. I doubt that Cuisinart or Proctor-Silex or DeLonghi want your $199.95 just that one time. They want your return business. If they give you crappy advice on maintenance and the machine makes crap coffee, you won’t be coming back. Follow their recommendations.
    If in doubt…. The Internet Is Your Friend. Google (or Bing… I don’t care) your make and model number for input. “Acme 207! Home Espresso-X Care and Maintenance”, for instance. Find sites where users… users who indicate they own the make/model… give input.
    Avoid catchall solutions….. “white vinegar and water” has drawbacks. It doesn’t remove all kinds of residue, but is great at some. Plus, you have to flush your system with about ten times the volume of water!
    The general idea is that even my cafe dual head machine that cost me five thousand bucks got coffee gunk (to use the technical term) backed up into the machine workings. Your forty-nine buck Simco Coffee Ace is going to get the same.
    Oh, and eschew systems that have plastic reservoirs for water. There’s almost no way you can safely clean them for more than six months. The plastic deteriorates.

  17. I would not touch a coffee or tea pot with perfumed soap or detergents; neither do they need it. Any perfume will absorb into the deposit.
    The deposit in my teapot is on the inside, so it doesn’t detract from the appearance of it. Neither does it affect the flavour, and might actually add to it or protect the flavour from the effect of the metal. Unless it starts coming off; in which case a good soak in cold washing soda solution with bleach added will eventually remove it.


  18. No it is not, as long as you do not leave the soapy water for a long time in the pot, especially in a stainless steel pot, like overnight. Dish soap has a very strong smell and it penetrates into the pores on the steel surface and makes the coffee taste and smell like crap. A quick wash with a soapy sponge and immediate rinse should be fine otherwise.

  19. I clean mine with dish soap as needed then rinse it. I will often then clean the coffee maker with white vinegar and water and run that into the pot and a couple changes of water after that.

  20. my sister drinks coffee washes the coffee pot cups with antibacterial dish soap dawn apple flavor also availiable in citrus she likes the apple it is good to wash coffee pots all dishes with this antibacterial dish soap to kill all germs especially coffe pots to avoid stomach infections I use the apple antibacterial dawn in my home to u can also use it as hand soap to wash your hands I do i called the dawn company I buy mine at walmart have not seen it at target I buy the xlarge bottle 4 dollars some times i use a dollar coupon from the Sunday paper I highly reccommend using this antibacterial dish soap I never get upset stomachs or have not had a cold or flu in 3 years since I started using this dish soap my sister said since she washes all dishes coffee pots she has no upset stomach no cold or flu


  21. That depends on how much you like the taste of dish soap. Put a cup of vinegar in with the water and run a cycle without coffee. Now run it twice with clean water. The vinegar will clean the machine and the clean water runs will clear the vinegar.

  22. You should wash your coffee pots with a dish washing detergent. The best way to get the insides of coffee pots clean is to partially fill the pot with ice cubes and a certain amount of salt, for an abrasive, and vigorously swirl the ice/salt combination around in the pot until the inner oils and residue are cleaned off. You can rinse the pot to see how you doing with the swirling process. The ice and salt mixture will give you sparkling clean pots and the coffee will taste great.

  23. Personally there is no way that I would ever use soap! I’m scent and taste sensitive. I have to be careful of every single scent and cleaning product/method in my house!
    I use a paste of baking soda (rubbing with my fingers) to remove oil buildup. This method doesn’t leave any odor or flavor behind.
    For an electric coffee maker, you can find the instructions online for cleaning by running a brew cycle with white vinegar then several brew cycles with clear.

    Victor Allen’s

  24. I run distilled white vinegar to clean the inside of the coffee pot. Run the vinegar through it, just like when you are brewing coffee.
    Do not use regular vinegar. Use distilled white vinegar only.
    Then run a full pot of clean water through it. Do not put cold water on the hot pot that the vinegar was in it. You could break the glass pot.

  25. I found this on the internet…..
    Empty your coffee pot . Dump out any leftover coffee from the pot and empty the filter of used grounds.
    Add vinegar and water. Fill the coffee pot with 3 cups white vinegar and 6 cups cold water. …
    Turn on the coffee maker to brew a pot . …
    Brew water-only for two cycles.
    The Best Way to Clean Your Coffee Maker – BrightNest

  26. Better to clean it with white vinegar and water running through the pot on the perk cycle. Then rinse again by running another clear water “perk” cycle.
    Large commercial urns have packets, and you still have to run a clear “perk” afterwards. Worked in convenience store 6 years. Made Lots of coffee and had to clean at the end of the day.

  27. It depends on what kind of coffee pot. If you are talking glass coffee carafe for an automatic drip pot, you can use the waitress cleaning method – put salt and ice into the pot, then swirl it around until the crud scours off. Dump the slurry and rinse. This works very well if you left your pot on the heat and burned coffee on the bottom. Pour in enough salt to cover the bottom, then add ice to about a quarter way up the carafe. Rinse and enjoy.

  28. I do not believe coffee pots will suffer from the use of dish soap.
    An old restaurant trick for cleaning round glass pots—I suppose this would work for other materials—was to pour salt into the pot followed by a couple of scoops of ice. Then swish the ice around and around until the pot is clean. If you want to polish the insides, use powdered cleanser in with the salt. The salt acts as an abrasive, while the swirling ice presses it against the glass.
    This was a common practice because pots occasionally were left on the hot plates until the water boiled away, leaving nothing but scorched coffee on the bottom.
    The salted ice trick is perfect for just general cleaning also, because the entire inside surface of the pot is cleaned.


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