How to Clean Small Kitchen Appliances

Cleaning Coffeemakers

Drip coffeemakers are easy to clean -- all you have to do is change the filter; wash the pot, lid, and basket in a detergent solution; and quickly wipe the base with a cloth. Percolators, on the other hand, need a thorough, occasional cleaning to get rid of oil buildup that can affect the taste of the coffee.

  • Remove coffee and mineral stains from the glass pot of an automatic drip coffeemaker by adding 1 cup crushed ice, 1 tablespoon water, and 4 teaspoons salt to carafe when it is at room temperature. Gently swirl mixture, rinse, and then wash as usual.
  • Allow a heated percolator to cool before cleaning.
  • Clean the spout and tubes of a percolator with a special percolator brush and sudsy warm water.
  • Use a synthetic scouring pad -- never harsh abrasives or steel wool -- to remove stubborn soil from percolator parts. If the surface becomes scratched, oil and other coffee residues will accumulate in the scratches.

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