percolator!), you can avoid smaller issues, like clogs, by keeping the system clean. Here are a few easy methods for cleaning your percolator to keep it stain-free and running smoothly.
How to Clean Stains From the Inside of Your Percolator Coffee Pot
Method #1: Baking Soda and Cream of Tartar
- Fill the pot with water and add about 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda or 2-3 teaspoons of cream of tartar.
- Let your machine perk away; then let the water cool down completely. Careful not to burn yourself!
- Scrub the pot with a nonabrasive tool, like a dishcloth. If the stains are being particularly stubborn, try using a plastic scrubber – but only if you absolutely need to, as these tools can sometimes scratch stainless steel surfaces.
- Finish by rinsing well. Enjoy a nice cup of java from a spotless percolator!
Method #2: Vinegar
- Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a separate bowl or bin.
- Fill the percolator with the vinegar and water solution and turn it on, or turn on the stove burner beneath it, if it’s not an electric model.
- When it’s finished percolating, turn off the heat, let it cool, and pour the used solution down the sink.
- Re-fill the percolator with another round of vinegar and water solution, and turn it back on again. Turn it off, let it cool and discard the used solution again.
- For your third time, fill your percolator with clear water, and turn it on. Let it perk. Turn it off, and let it cool down. Empty out the water.
- Repeat with clear water once more, just to get that vinegar taste/smell out of your machine.
- Remove stains from inside of the percolator by putting in one-half cup of baking soda. Slowly add white vinegar until the mixture begins to bubble.
- Cover the percolator, and shake it gently for a minute or two. Rinse thoroughly and your percolator will look (and run) good as new.
How to Clean Your Percolator Basket
Method #1: Easy Cleaning
- For a basic cleaning, begin by unplugging the electric percolator from the outlet in the wall. (Always do this!) Consume or pour out any remaining coffee liquid. Wait about 10 to 15 minutes for the unit to cool down.
- Fill a small bowl or bucket with 1 quart of hot water. Add 2 tablespoons of mild dish detergent to the container. Stir the water and detergent together. Place the container near where you plan on cleaning the percolator, as to avoid making too much of a mess.
- Take off the percolator’s lid or cover, according to manufacturer specifications. Discard the coffee grounds and your coffee filter in the trash.
- Take the basket out of the percolator, along with the spreader and stem.
- Wipe and wash the basket with a soapy washcloth. In general, you can wash other internal parts of the percolator using the same method but refer to the manual for any restrictions.
- Rinse the basket under hot tap water. Dry the basket off with another cloth, or let it air dry.
- Reassemble the percolator, including the now-clean basket!
Method #2: Deeper Cleaning
- Unplug the percolator and empty the liquid contents. Discard the used coffee grounds and the filter. Leave the lid off and the basket out of the percolator for 10 to 15 minutes, allowing the unit to cool down.
- Fill the percolator with half the maximum amount of water from the cold-water tap that it can normally hold. For example, if the appliance can make 12 cups of coffee, add only 6 cups of cold water to the percolator.
- Add white vinegar to fill the percolator up to the maximum. For example, if the reservoir contains 6 cups of water, add 6 cups of white vinegar to fill up a 12-cup percolator. Refer to your owner’s manual for the exact amounts of water and vinegar that should be used for deep cleaning.
- Put the basket back in the percolator. Close the lid. Plug it into the outlet and let the system perk.
- After the cycle is done, wait 15 minutes; this gives the vinegar solution the opportunity to descale and remove stains from the basket, as well as other internal parts of the percolator.
- Unplug the percolator to turn it off. Pour out the vinegar and water solution. Allow the unit to cool for 15 minutes.
- Rinse out excess vinegar residue. Clean the basket and other internal parts of the percolator using mild dish detergent. Do not mix vinegar and mild detergent during the process.