How To Remove Coffee Stains From Coffee Pot

For most, coffee is an essential part of their morning routine.

Unfortunately, the acidic coffee can build up and create coffee stains in your coffee pot, no matter how well you keep it clean.

Removing coffee stains from your coffee pot is very easy and uses only three household items.

Continue reading below to learn how to remove coffee stains from your coffee pot.

What You’ll Need:

Now that you have the couple items that you need, keep reading below for step-by-step instructions on how to remove coffee stains from your coffee pot.

1. Add Baking Soda

Add about two tablespoons of baking soda to your coffee pot.

If your coffee pot is particularly dirty or larger than the average size coffee pot, consider adding more baking soda to the coffee pot. 

2. Add White Vinegar

Add enough white vinegar into the coffee pot carafe to coat the bottom.

It should bubble up as the acidic white vinegar mixes with the alkaline baking soda; this is normal.

It is going to tackle all the buildup from coffee stains that have been created over time.

I recommend Lucy’s Family Owned – Natural Distilled White Vinegar.

It’s made by a family-run business and gets excellent reviews on Amazon.

3. Wipe Coffee Pot

Use a clean rag or sponge and wipe the coffee pot to use friction to remove any of the coffee stains.

I recommend using these microfiber cleaning cloths that I found on Amazon.

They tend to last longer and also get wonderful reviews on Amazon. 

4. Rinse the Cleaning Solution

Next, rinse out the baking soda and white vinegar solution with clean water.

In addition, you can also place the coffee pot into the dishwasher for an extra boost in cleaning. 

5. Upkeep for Your Coffee Pot

Every couple of months or once you see the beginnings of a coffee stain, you will want to clean your coffee pot using a similar method to the steps above. 

You can add the same amount of baking soda and white vinegar and then swirl it around in the coffee pot.

Then rinse it out, and it will be clean and hopefully have removed any coffee stains that started to creep up. 

If you maintain upkeep on cleaning your coffee pot, you will not notice your coffee pot being stained by coffee stains as frequently.

6. Repeat the Steps Above (If Necessary)

If you still notice there are coffee stains in your coffee pot, consider repeating the steps.

In addition, you can allow the baking soda and white vinegar solution to sit in the coffee pot.

Doing this will allow for the solution to work longer and harder on the coffee stains. 

Video Instructions

  • Step 1 (:24) — Add baking soda
  • Step 2 (:37) — Add white vinegar
  • Step 3 (:57) — Wipe pot
  • Step 4 (1:16) — Rinse in dishwasher
  • Step 5 (1:23) — Upkeep 


Are Coffee Stains In My Coffee Pot Permanent?

No, you may have tough, set-in coffee stains, but by no means does that indicate they are permanent.

If you have dark coffee stains that remain even after you run them through the dishwasher, that only means you will have some difficulty removing them.

If this is the case for your coffee pot, you may need to repeat some of the steps above a couple of times to get out those tough coffee stains. 

Can I Use Another Type Of Cleaning Solution? 

As your coffee pot is being used to create coffee that you are ingesting, it is strongly recommended not to use certain chemical cleaners as these would be harmful to ingest.

While you should be rinsing off your coffee pot after cleaning it, some of the cleaning solutions you use may remain in the coffee pot.

Baking soda and white vinegar are harmless to ingest and are potent cleaning agents to address coffee stains. 

How Does White Vinegar Clean Coffee Stains?

White vinegar is very acidic, and that acidity will help break down the buildup of coffee stains.

Because most coffee stains are acidic themselves, the acid will dissolve away other acids.

They paired together with baking soda.

The two help remove the coffee stain by dissolving and absorbing it.

Will White Vinegar Make The Coffee Pot Smell?

No, white vinegar is a natural deodorizer.

Initially, when the white vinegar is wet in your coffee pot, its strong smell will be present.

When it dries, however, the strong white vinegar smell will dissipate.

In addition, it is less harsh and more natural than most cleaning products, whose scent is noxious. 

In addition, mixed with baking soda, another natural deodorizer, the smell of the white vinegar should decrease as well while waiting for the white vinegar to dry and dissipate its smell. 

Why Does My Coffee Pot Have Coffee Stains?

The acid in coffee contributes significantly to the creation of coffee stains.

Whenever coffee and coffee residue sits in a container, such as your coffee pot or mugs, for too long, the coffee will start to stain it.

While the coffee sits there, the acid continues to sit as well and begins to stain the glass of your coffee pot.

How Can I Reduce Coffee Stains?

Reducing the amount of time that coffee sits in your coffee pot will help minimize coffee stains.

In addition, the more frequently you thoroughly clean your coffee pot (not just a water rinse after you have finished your last cup), the less likely you will have coffee stains in your coffee pot. 

Should I Also Clean My Coffee Maker?

It would be a good idea to clean out your coffee maker and water reservoir in your coffee maker in addition to cleaning your coffee pot.

Doing this will also use white vinegar to clean the remainder of the coffee machine.

Pour a one-to-one mixture of water and white vinegar into your carafe and then pour into the water reservoir.

Then turn the coffee maker on to brew as you would normally.

Then pour out the water white vinegar solution that has gone through the coffee maker and run another brew cycle with fresh water.

You may need to run a couple or more cycles of freshwater brews to get the remainder of white vinegar, and whatever buildup has been dislodged.