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Cleaning a Coffee Thermos?

Does anyone have some tips on cleaning a dirty (coffee) thermos?

By Sushila

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October 16, 20110 found this helpful

Let it soak in hot water and dish soap in the sink, then scrub.

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October 17, 20110 found this helpful

Get "white magic". Available for a few dollars from supermarkets. With that and just water you'll be amazed at what you can remove without the need for scrubbing.

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October 17, 20110 found this helpful

Put a small amount of soapy water in it. Then add about a teaspoon of dried rice in the thermos. Cover and shake well. This usually gets all the residue out.

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October 18, 20110 found this helpful

Most thermos's come apart. If yours does then take it apart and wash it in hot soapy water. Use sponge on a stick to get down inside to scrub there good.

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If it doesn't come apart, then fill the sink with hot soapy water and soak it for a while. You can pour some vinegar inside and shake it up good first if it has built up coffee residue in it. After you get all the residue out of it, put some baking soda in it and let it sit for about an hour. That will get the vinegar smell out. Then wash it good with hot soapy water.

After you get it cleaned good, be sure and wash it after each use. If it can't be washed right away (if you're on a trip) then pour hot water (almost boiling but not quite--like what comes out of a commercial coffee pot at convenience stores or truck stops) in it and shake it up real good, then empty it.

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October 18, 20110 found this helpful

Soap, water, bottle brush. Done.

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October 18, 20110 found this helpful

Denture tablets will clean it up quickly also.

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October 18, 20110 found this helpful

Depending on how dirty it is, fill with hot tap water and add one or two denture tablets. Leave setting in the sink, preferably over night. The next morning put your hand over the now cooled top and shake it up and then pour it down the drain. If it didn't get all the 'crud' out then repeat the same procedure a second time-leaving until the water has cooled so it doesn't burn your hand.

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When you rinse it well it should be as clean as when new. I cleaned a stainless steel one this way that looked completely black inside. After two cleanings it sparkled. Now I just periodically clean with one denture tablet and it is good to go for another month or so.
Good luck!

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October 18, 20110 found this helpful

Vinegar; cleans coffee pots

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October 18, 20110 found this helpful

Denture cleaning tablets work the best. They also work good on cleaning jewelry, wedding rings; anything that can get wet. The tablets from the dollar store, work just fine. Also remove tea stains from cups.

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