Cleaning a Coffee Basket

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Cleaning coffee oils out of baskets, Keurig reusable filters and other permanent filters used to be tough. Finally I found a simple solution that doesn't even take much water!

Over a year ago, I wrote about using denture tablets to clean a coffee basket (like a Mr. Coffee basket or a manual drip cone).  And that does work pretty well.

But I’ve now found a way that’s faster, uses less water and does an even better job.

It also works well on reusable Keurig filters and on permanent coffee filters (I’m still not wild on the permanent filters — read here — but this does help with the build up if you use one).  All of these get some build up from the coffee oils that just doesn’t come off with regular dish washing.

So what’s this better way?  Spray it with some Krud Kutter (read about it here or see it on Amazon) and then use a bent toothbrush to scrub a bit (it takes about a minute to bend a toothbrush, see how to do it here).  Krud Kutter is non-toxic and doesn’t leave any taste or smell — just rinse well.  It took no time at all and no hard scrubbing; I use the bent toothbrush to get into the little nooks and crannies.

For the record, after seeing how well this worked, I also tried the same basic technique with a couple types of dish soap and also with Awesome degreaser.  I wondered if it was just having a brush to scrub with that made a difference.  Nope.  None of these worked nearly as well as Krud Kutter, although without the brush, I couldn’t get the nooks and crannies clean even with the Krud Kutter.

I tried this first with my Melitta cone.  No before pictures as I didn’t expect it to be a revelation, but suffice to say that it’s been really hard to clean down at the bottom of the “V” shape.  Here’s the after — not bad for a 10-year-old cone that’s seen a lot of use!

Cleaning coffee oils out of baskets, Keurig reusable filters and other permanent filters used to be tough.  Finally I found a simple solution that doesn't even take much water!

Here’s a before and after on the Mr. Coffee basket.  Yes, the “before” is disgusting and I’m ashamed to show it, particularly as it took about a minute to change it to the “after:”

Cleaning coffee oils out of baskets, Keurig reusable filters and other permanent filters used to be tough.  Finally I found a simple solution that doesn't even take much water!

Cleaning coffee oils out of baskets, Keurig reusable filters and other permanent filters used to be tough.  Finally I found a simple solution that doesn't even take much water!

I thought that cleaning with denture tablets made things a lot better, but Krud Kutter and a bent toothbrush takes “easier and cleaner” to a whole new level.

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  1. Be careful, Krud Kutter will also take paint off.

    Ask me who I know this.

    Mark and Cindy
    s/v Cream Puff

  2. Carolyn…shame on you for removing the “essence” from the coffee cone! The cone is like a tobacco pipe and the residue is essential for a proper flavor. By the way, I am just kidding. A little early for April Fool’s day. Thanks for the tip.

    • We once had a slip next to a 110′ 1930’s motor yacht. It was the most beautiful boat. I use to have morning coffee with the skipper every once and a while. They had the best coffee ever! When I asked what the secret was, he said, “I don’t think we’ve ever washed the coffee pot”

  3. To clean a reusable coffe filter or basket,get a dishwasher tab, dissolve it in hot water, stick your filter or basket in the solution for 4/8 hrs, occasionally running the solution through the basket or filter. Eddy I,

    • Brian McCue says:

      When you go to get your car washed at a do it yourself car wash, use the high power pressure washer to clean the filter. Works like a charm for many things. Caution – wear gloves.

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