How to Clean an Electric Percolator Coffee Pot

Your electric percolator coffee pot recycles hot water which passes through the coffee grounds in your coffee basket. This is the action your coffee percolator takes to produce your daily coffee fix.

However with heavy use, residues and oils are formed that may affect the taste of your brew – making it bitter and more acidic. Also if the water you use to brew is hard, it may leave the aftertaste of mineral deposits in your appliance over time.


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It is important then, that you consider ways of cleaning and maintaining your appliance. Therefore it is advisable that you create a routine to clean your appliance at least once in a month if you use your electric percolator now and again or more regularly if you’re a coffee addict like me.

Many of the companies that manufacture electric percolators mostly recommend mild cleaning of your coffee percolator each time that you decide to use it. Personally, I think this is a little obsessive compulsive and that a little residue complements a fresh brew in moderation.

But if you’re naturally a little obsessively inclined, you may want to consider cleaning your percolator immediately after making coffee using a deep cleaning method or the instruction that come with your particular percolator.

There are two ways of cleaning your percolator coffee pot. Mild cleaning and deep cleaning.

Mild Cleaning

If you decide to use a mild cleaning method:

  1. Ensure that your electric percolator coffee pot is unplugged and cool to the touch.
  2. Empty percolator of any remaining liquid and grounds.
  3. Fill a sink with hot water and a couple of squirts of mild detergent
  4. Disassemble your percolator and wash the components thoroughly
  5. Rinse the cleaned internal parts in clean hot water to get rid of any remaining detergent
  6. Dry wipe the parts and reassemble

Deep Cleaning

If you decide to use a deep cleaning method:

  1. Empty percolator of any remaining liquid and grounds and ensure it is cool to the touch.
  2. Fill the water section of your percolator with a 50/50 mix of water and white vinegar
  3. Assemble your percolator completely and switch on
  4. Allow for a 5 minute perc cycle and switch off
  5. Allow the percolator to cool after pouring out all the vinegar and water inside.
  6. Rinse out the extra vinegar that has remained and clean the other parts of your percolator using mild dish wash detergent and a dishcloth.
  7. Scrape out the remains and debris that might have been trapped in between the washer and the pump tube. Use a pointed brush to do this.
  8. It is important that you allow your appliance to dry completely to prevent mildew and mold from forming inside your percolator.

Always make sure to keep your power source off when manually washing your coffee percolator.

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Using a Dishwasher

Although some people may use a dishwasher, it may not be able to remove all the calcium deposits in your appliance. It is therefore important that you consider using a mixture of water and lemon or vinegar and using plain water to manually rinse it after coming out of the dishwasher.

Then you’re good to go for your next rich and full brew

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