How To Clean Glass Coffee Pots (A Simple Guide)

Are you wondering how to clean glass coffee pots? Jump into our guide and learn a few simple ways to do that easily and efficiently.

How to clean glass coffee pots
Shiny glasses get stained by coffee over time and clean them regularly to prevent it

Don’t you love that sleek look of a new glass carafe on your kitchen table? I know I do. But sadly, that shiny glass becomes full of ugly coffee stains after a while.

Luckily, I discovered how to remove those stains and have a clean coffee pot again. With either of these methods, you can rest assured that your carafe will be as clean as new.

Stay with me because I will give you a step-by-step guide for each method, plus some additional cleaning tips for taking proper care of your coffee maker and carafe. The most important thing is rinsing it after every use and cleaning it thoroughly once a month.

Once you finish cleaning your coffee pot, check out our guide on how to clean a milk frother and keep all of your coffee appliances in good shape.

Let’s begin!

A Step-By-Step Guide On How To Clean Glass Coffee Pots

You should follow two main rules regarding cleaning your coffee pot: rinse it after every use and deep-clean it at least once a month.

It doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s easy to forget about it. I know I am guilty of postponing the cleaning of my coffee pot until I can’t ignore those ugly stains and my coffee starts to taste weird.

So, for the sake of the quality of your cup of Joe, hear me out.

Everyday Regular Cleaning

Regular cleaning is not as tiresome as it sounds. And it’s quite logical when you think about it. Just as you wouldn’t use the same plate repeatedly without washing it, the same goes for your coffee pot.

If you leave that leftover coffee at the bottom of your pot and pour another batch over it, you should know that it’s not very hygienic. Wet surfaces and old coffee are fertile ground for mold. Mold can lead to potential health problems (plus, it’s yucky).

Luckily, the solution is easy. Just wash your glass coffee pot with some hot water and dish soap after every use, as you would any other kitchen utensil.

7 Ways To Deep-Clean Your Glass Coffee Pot

Every now and then, you should give your carafe a nice deep scrub. But dish soap and hot water won’t be enough for this one. That is because the point of deep cleaning is to remove limescale and those persistent coffee stains.

There are a couple of ways to do this, and I will go through each of them.

1. Deep Cleaning With Baking Soda And Vinegar

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 1 cup of water
  • ½ cup of white vinegar
  • Dish soap and a cleaning brush/sponge


  • Step 1: Mix baking soda and hot water until you get a thick paste.
  • Step 2: Scrub the inside of your glass carafe with this paste using a cleaning brush or an abrasive sponge.
  • Step 3: Pour in the white vinegar to start the chemical reaction and lift the dirt from the surface of the carafe. Don’t mix the baking soda and vinegar beforehand. They will cancel each other before you manage to clean anything, so the mixture will be useless.
  • Step 4: Wash the carafe with hot water and soap and rinse it thoroughly until you no longer feel the smell of vinegar.

Tip: But can you use apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar? The short answer is yes, but read our guide to learn more.

2. The Ice And Salt Method

Dirty glass teapot. Tea scale on the teapot. Cleaning the teapot at home
Salt is a natural abrasive and can help remove stubborn stains and buildup to glass coffee pot

What you’ll need:

  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • 4 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 cup of crushed ice cubes
  • Dish soap and a sponge


  • Step 1: Combine the salt, water, and crushed ice cubes and put them in your glass carafe.
  • Step 2: Spin the mixture around your coffee pot until it’s clean.
  • Step 3: If leftover stains exist, scrub them with a sponge.
  • Step 4: Wash the carafe with hot water and soap and rinse it thoroughly.

Tip: Have your coffee pot at room temperature before cleaning it with ice and salt. If it’s hot, it might break.

3. Cleaning With Vinegar And Water

What you’ll need:

  • Half a carafe of vinegar
  • Half a carafe of water
  • Dish soap and a sponge


  • Step 1: Fill your glass carafe with water and vinegar solution.
  • Step 2: Leave the carafe for 30 minutes to soak.
  • Step 3: Wash the carafe with hot water and soap and rinse it thoroughly until you no longer feel the smell of vinegar.

Tip: Although you could use other types of vinegar, the best option is white distilled vinegar. This type of vinegar won’t leave color stains.

4. Use Denture Tablets

What you’ll need:

  • 2 antibacterial denture tablets
  • warm water
  • sponge and dish soap


  • Step 1: Fill the carafe with warm water.
  • Step 2: Add 2 denture tablets to the carafe and let it sit for 15 minutes.
  • Step 3: Scrub the carafe with a sponge and dish soap and rinse it thoroughly.

5. Cleaning With Lemon Juice And Salt

What you’ll need:

  • 3 tbsp of salt
  • 2 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of crushed ice cubes
  • hot water
  • sponge and dish soap


  • Step 1: Combine the salt, lemon juice, and crushed ice cubes in your glass carafe.
  • Step 2: Stir the mixture around until you remove the stains.
  • Step 3: Scrub any stubborn stains with a sponge.
  • Step 4: Wash the carafe with hot water and soap and rinse it thoroughly.

Tip: Ensure your carafe is not hot before adding ice because it might break.

6. Hydrogen Peroxide And Baking Soda

What you’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons of baking soda
  • ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide
  • warm water
  • sponge and dish soap


  • Step 1: Combine baking soda and hydrogen peroxide in your coffee pot.
  • Step 2: Swirl the mixture around the coffee pot for a few minutes.
  • Step 3: Leave the mixture to soak for 30 minutes.
  • Step 4: Wash the carafe with soapy water and rinse it thoroughly.

7. Leave The Dishwashing Detergent Overnight

I know I said that the dish soap won’t be enough to remove stubborn stains, but hear me out. If you fill your carafe with hot water, mix the dishwashing detergent in, and let it soak overnight, it can work. Make sure to give it a good scrub and rinse afterward.

Tips For Maintaining Your Coffee Maker And Glass Coffee Pot

drying just washed coffee maker on a clean green cloth outdoor
Keep the coffee maker clean and maintained for the perfect cup of coffee

We established how to clean glass coffee pots. However, don’t forget that your coffee maker also needs some care. Otherwise, you will still have yucky coffee, no matter how clean your carafe is.

Here are some additional tips for maintaining your brewing tools:

  • Descale your coffee machine regularly: All machines, from drip coffee makers to Keurig, require occasional descaling to remove limescale buildup and coffee residue inside the machine. Check out our guide on how to clean the Keurig coffee maker and learn more.
  • Use fresh water for brewing: Empty the water tank of your coffee maker when you’re finished for the day and refill it with clean water before brewing. Not only will your coffee taste better, but it’s also more hygienic. And don’t forget to wash the water tank regularly to prevent waterborne germs.
  • Don’t use distilled water: Although it might seem like a good idea to do so to prevent mineral deposits buildup because of the hard water, brewing your coffee with distilled water is not a good idea. As you can learn in our guide, using distilled water for coffee can cause damage to some coffee makers, such as Keurig. Plus, the coffee taste will be weak.

And remember, clean brewing tools=tasty brew!


  • Mirta

    After years of working as a professional barista, Mirta is now putting her skills to good here at Full Coffee Roast. If she’s not drinking coffee, she’s writing about it or experimenting with different brews.

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