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Glass Coffee Pot Stained? You Only Need One Thing to Clean It

A coffee maker sits next to a brewed cup of coffee and a pastry.
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Your coffee maker probably gets a lot of use, and if you don’t stay on top of cleaning, things can get unsightly. That brown staining inside your carafe might not be dangerous, but it’s not cute. While coffee stains might seem difficult to remove, it’s much simpler than you think.

Baking soda is the secret to a clean coffee maker carafe—yes, really.

While you probably know baking soda best for its cooking and deodorizing abilities, the pantry staple is also an effective cleaner for a variety of surfaces, including your carafe. Thanks to its mildly abrasive texture and alkaline base, it won’t damage the delicate glass, but it will get be able to buff out staining from your daily cup of coffee.

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All you need to do is sprinkle a bit of baking soda onto the bottom of the carafe. Then add water to form a paste. Using a rag or non-abrasive sponge, scrub along the bottom of the glass as well as the sides. The staining should come off in just a few minutes.

When finished scrubbing, rinse, wash with your usual dish liquid, and allow to dry.

Yes, this simple cleaning hack works on your carafe, but it’ll also be effective on mugs with staining. Use the same steps, and you’ll have both sparkling mugs and a perfectly clean coffee carafe.

Of course, your carafe isn’t the only part of your coffee maker that requires cleaning. Find out if you should be doing so with vinegar as well as just how often it needs cleaning.

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