How to clean a glass coffee pot

how to clean a glass coffee pot
Sanne Bakker
Sanne Bakker

Updated: december 30, 2022

Almost every household has a coffee machine at home, with plenty of them using a glass carafe in combination with their coffee machine. Glass is generally easy to clean. But do you regularly drink coffee from a glass coffee pot? Then it needs, just like other parts of the machine, maintenance to prevent limescale deposits. By taking good care of the materials, your glass coffee pot will last a very long time. I will explain step by step how to clean a glass coffee pot.

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Cleaning a glass coffee pot / carafe the easy way

Basic maintenance is very important to keep everything clean. For those who thought cleaning the coffee pot can be skipped? Nope, you’re wrong! It is important to clean the pot regularly or even daily. Especially if you use your coffee pot every day. Allowing brewed coffee to dry on the bottom of a coffee pot will have an adverse effect. It affects, among other things, the taste because fungi and bacteria arise. In addition, it also becomes more difficult to scrub off the coffee deposits. But let’s face it, it’s also just nice to make coffee with a clean, usable coffee pot. What can you do? There are 3 easy methods to clean your coffee pot / carafe. Below I have highlighted which ways are the easiest:

1. Simple rinse

If you have leftover coffee and no longer use it, you can clean it by simply rinsing the carafe with warm water under the tap. This is an option, but can still cause (invisible) residues to remain behind.

2. Rinsing with soapy water

It is best to clean the coffee pot with warm water and a little soapy water. Use a sponge or dishwashing brush.

3. Dishwasher

Most glass coffee jugs can also be put in the dishwasher. Always check whether the carafe is dishwasher safe

With the above cleaning methods, we always recommend drying the outside with a towel and letting the pot dry upside down. Keep in mind that air can get underneath.

Despite daily maintenance, coffee stains and mineral residues can still form. This requires an even tougher approach. I will cover the most thorough ways of cleaning your glass coffee pot/carafe

How to clean a glass coffee pot / carafe from burnt coffee

If you do not maintain your base regularly. Then it’s possible that a small layer of coffee remains on the bottom of the glass carafe. We also call this burnt coffee residue. Of course it’s not nice if your coffee machine and your pot/carafe are so visible in the kitchen. It doesn’t look very hygienic and it affects the next cup of coffee you take.

I’ve highlighted the 3 best methods for cleaning a coffee pot with burnt coffee just for you. These are; white vinegar with baking soda, only baking soda and natural vinegar or cleaning vinegar. Below I will elaborate on how to use the 3 types of methods

White vinegar and baking soda

Using white vinegar and baking soda is a slightly stronger combination than just baking soda with water and/or vinegar alone. This recipe ensures optimal cleaning of burnt coffee and hard water stains. This combination creates the best result to clean your burnt coffee pot / coffee carafe glass.

What do you need?

  • White vinegar  a bottle of white vinegar.
  • Baking soda: a pack of baking soda
  • Cleaning sponge: a sponge for scrubbing.

This is the ultimate step-by-step plan for cleaning your coffee carafe with baking soda and white vinegar.

1. Baking Soda: fill a cup halfway with baking soda. Then pour this into the coffee pot / carafe.
2. Pouring:  then pour white vinager over it so that the baking soda is completely covered. This will cause a chemical reaction and will bubble. This ensures that all stains disappear from the glass.
3. Sponge: use the sponge and/or washing-up brush to thoroughly remove all coffee residues.
4. Rinsing: It is important to rinse the coffee pot / carafe well afterwards, so that your coffee does not taste like vinegar. You can also use this recipe for your cups.

Baking soda

You can perfectly clean your coffee pot glass / carafe in combination with half a cup of baking soda and a small half cup of warm water. 

What do you need?

  • Cup: ½ cup of baking soda
  • Cup: ½ cup of warm water

This is the Step-by-step plan to clean your coffee pot glass / coffee carafe glass with burnt coffee.

1. Sprinkle: Sprinkle the baking soda into jar 
2. Water: Then add the cup of water. 
3. Mixing: Mix this well together, so that a thick paste is formed. 
4. Scrubbing: Now you can scrub everything well with a sponge and/or cleaning brush. 
5. Rinse: always rinse thoroughly with water

Natural Vinegar / Cleaning vinegar

Vinegar is referred to as a real household remedy. Perfect for cleaning. You can also use this method to clean the glass coffee pot / carafe

What do you need to get burnt coffee out of your pot?

  • Water: Warm water
  • Sponge: a sponge for scrubbing.
  • Soap: dish soap

This is the Step-by-step plan for using Vinegar to clean your coffee pot

1. Filling: Fill the coffee pot / carafe halfway with vinegar
2. To add: Now add the other half with warm water.
3. Let it work: Let it soak in for 20 to 30 minutes.
4. Polishing: Use the sponge and/or washing brush to scrub.
5. Emptying: Then empty the glass coffee pot / carafe and rinse it well
6. Extra: You can polish it with warm water and a drop of dish soap 
7. Rinsing: After rinsing is just as important as cleaning, because you don’t want to taste any vinegar or dish soap.

How to clean coffee stains from glass pot (glass coffee carafe)

Coffee stains in a coffee pot can sometimes be very stubborn. Often it does not look very hygienic. I’ll help you get rid of those non-stubborn stains from your coffee pot. I’ve looked into the best ways to get this done. Here are the best methods to clean coffee stains form a glass coffee pot / glass coffee carafe

Combination Baking Soda with white vinegar

In an earlier section where I described how to remove burnt coffee from your glass carafe, I described the combination of baking soda and white vinegar. This combination is also very suitable for removing coffee stains in your carafe.

Cleaning glass coffee pot / coffee carafe with lemon juice.

Using lemon juice is an affordable way to clean coffee pot / carafe from coffee stains and residue.

What do you need for cleaning your coffee pot glass?

  • Hot water: ½ cup warm water
  • Lemon: Half a lemon
  • Liquid dish soap: a bottle of liquid dish soap.
  • Sponge: and a sponge is useful for scrubbing everything well.

This is the step-by-step plan for cleaning a coffee pot glass / carafe with lemon:

1. Squeezing: Squeeze half the lemon and pour it into the coffee pot.
2. Add water: then immediately add half a cup of warm water.
3. Drops of dishwashing liquid: then add a few drops of dishwashing liquid.
4. Mixing: Gently shake the coffee pot/carafe to ensure the liquid reaches all areas.
5. Sponge: Now use the sponge to wipe away all stains and coffee residues
6. Rinsing: Always rinse well with water to avoid leaving soap residue and lemon flavor.

This is a perfect way to remove hard water stains on the dishes and coffee pot

Best method to clean glass coffee pot / glass coffee carafe

What is the best way to clean glass coffee pot? It’s a real household trick. This is an eco-friendly way to clean your coffee pot. It is important to first rinse the coffee pot well with water.

Crushed ice cube and Salt

Using crushed ice cube is the best way to clean your glass coffee pot. Make sure that the coffee pot / carafe is at room temperature before you clean it. If it’s too hot, your coffee pot/carafe may burst. And you don’t want to use a cracked pot. This the best household trick for cleaning your coffee pot. 

How does it work and what do you need?

  • Crushed ice cubes: 1 cup crushed ice cubes.
  • Salt: 4 teaspoons of salt
  • Water: tablespoon with water

The best step-by-step plan to remove your coffee stains and burnt coffee residues from the glass coffee pot.

1. Rinsing: first rinse the coffee pot / carafe with water.
2. Fill: next, toss the cup with crushed ice cubes.
3. Salt: sprinkle 4 teaspoons of salt on top and add 1 tablespoon of water.
4. Move: move the pot in a circular motion until the ice melts. This combination acts as an abrasive.
5. Extra: use a sponge to make sure it is completely clean.
6. After rinsing: once the coffee pot / carafe is clean, it is important to rinse it well with hot water so that no salt residue remains in it.


There are plenty of options to clean your glass coffee pot / glass coffee carafe and plenty of options to remove your coffee stains, hard water stains and burnt coffee residues. One way is a bit faster than the other way. One way may work better than another. And sometimes it’s also important to repeat the steps one more time to really get it done. In addition, never forget to rinse extra with water, so that your coffee taste remains perfect! You can apply all these ways to all kinds of different types of coffee machines.

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