My coffee pot loves to leak all over the place, mainly due to human error. I love to reuse coffee filters until the water spews all over the place, and I tend to overfill the coffee pot so the coffee gurgles out the top and all over my counter. As a result (and my lack of cleaning skills- I clean around the coffee pot but rarely underneath), I get to be rewarded with clever and stubborn coffee stains under and around my coffee pot that are a real pain to get out of my counter tops.
Luckily, there is an easy natural way to safely rid the coffee stain off my counter tops without chemicals and damaging my counter top surfaces. Here is how I get rid of stubborn stains (even ones that are months old) off my counter tops using natural methods.
All I do is mix vinegar, water (equal parts) and add in a few drops of lemon juice in a squirt bottle and spray the area thoroughly. Lemon is a natural bleach, so it bleaches out the stain, and the vinegar helps eradicate all bacteria on the counter top as well as help break the stain down so it lifts better. After allowing the stain to set for about 5 minutes or so, I simply take a rag (or an old toothbrush for stubborn stains in cracks) and the stain is gone!
For very old stains, or very dark ones, I take lemon juice on a rag and set the rag on the stain alone and allow it to set for about 15 minutes, then spray the stain with vinegar and water and allow to set for 5 minutes more. This lifts out the older and darker coffee stains of the counter tops more easily.
For every day coffee cleanup (I’m trying to get better at it), I simply dust the counter top with some baking soda and wipe away with a wet rag. The baking soda helps lift the stains out, and when activated with the watery rag, is just abrasive enough to get to the stains easily without damaging my counter tops at all.
To clean my coffee pot out, I take a lemon cut into thick wedges, ice cubes, and ample amounts of salt in the carafe and shake it around vigorously. Once again, the lemon bleaches out stains in the glass, the salt is an abrasive cleaning agent, and the ice cubes help give the whole thing friction. It’s how many restaurants clean out their carafes at the end of the day (and how I learned this handy trick). If you don’t have lemons, lemon juice will do. Then simply brew a pot of water (no coffee) to clean out the inside of the coffee pot as well.