How to Clean a Percolator


You must know how to make coffee in a percolator, so you need to know how to clean a coffee percolator. Every time you use your  percolator, it naturally accumulates a lot of dirt. Then it should be cleaned immediately to prevent the dirt from getting stuck and accumulating in time.

How to Clean a Percolator

What You Will Need

  • Soapy Water
  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar

Method 1: Initial Cleaning of a Percolator

The basic cleaning routine that comes with each use is much simpler and consists of a few steps.

Step 1 – Clean the Percolator Just After Use

If you want your Percolator to serve for a long time, you need to clean it after each use. Once you have enjoyed your coffee, you need to get rid of the dirt and liquid inside the Percolator without delay.

If you leave it to be cleaned later without cleaning it lazily, it will have stains that cannot be easily cleaned and later make your coffee taste bitter.

Step 2 – Use Soapy Water

You can use soapy water to properly clean your Percolator. All you have to do is wash the Percolator with hot soapy water. Put the Percolator in a sink that is filled with some hot water and add some soap. You then wipe the Percolator with a sponge and wash it thoroughly.

Step 3 – Scrub on Top of all Stains

Then if there is some coffee residue in a basket, it must be grated. Because the coffee grounds are oily, the ground baskets get very dirty. So every time the coffee is made, remove the basket with a soapy sponge.

Step 4 – Pay Attention to the Stems

After making coffee, the stem should be cleaned thoroughly during cleaning. The stem may become oily after a while when you put the basket in place. So wipe it with a soapy sponge and rinse with water.

Method 2: Deep Cleaning Methods

If you do not wish to follow the steps above, or if you do not remove any stains or dirt from your Percolator, you can follow deep cleaning procedures. Here you just follow two methods-

     1. Baking Soda

First, add water and 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda to your Percolator. Then heat the mixture than when it is once heats up, wait for it to cool. When cool, scrub the Percolator with a sponge.


In the second method, first mix 2-3 tablespoons of vinegar with some clean water. Then mix the mixture in the Percolator and heat it. Once the mixture is mixed, repeat the process.

Heat the percolate once more and mix the mixture and fill the pot with some clean water. You need to heat the Percolator once more to get rid of the vinegar smell.

If there are any stains inside the Percolator, add some baking soda and vinegar, and when the bubbles start. Turn off the Percolator and shake it and rinse the Percolator with water.

Video on Clean Up a  Percolator Using Vinegar and Baking Soda


Also Read: How to make coffee in a percolator

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