How To Clean A French Press

Is there anything better than a delicious cup of coffee? One made in a French press, of course! But once brunch is over, it’s time to clean up. Here’s how to clean a French press!

Daily Cleaning

First things first, finish that delicious brew before you worry about cleaning up your French press. You also want to make sure that you have let the press completely cool before you start the cleaning process. Trust us, this is for your safety.

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Next, after it has completely cooled, clean out the grounds. I recommend using a rubber spatula to scrape them all out. Never use a metal utensil as it can lead to broken glass and a whole lot of heartache. Dispose of your grounds as normal (I put them in my compost bin).

Pro tip: don’t put your coffee grounds down the sink. A few grounds in the sink won’t cause any harm, but in general grounds can clog up your sink. It’s best to avoid that situation if you can. Because of this, I recommend cleaning out your French press over a garbage can, not your sink.

For a normal, daily clean put a couple of drops of your preferred dish washing liquid into the carafe and add water. Continuously plunge the plunger to stir up some soap suds. You want to make sure the entire carafe and plunger have been covered in soap.

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Next, pour out the soapy water and rinse out the carafe. Take the plunger out of the carafe and scrub it with a soft-bristled bottle brush or a sponge. Be sure to rinse off both the plunger and the carafe until the water is soap free.

Suggestions For Better Daily Cleaning

I highly recommend taking apart your French press and disassembling the plunger completely each time. I believe it makes a difference in the taste of the coffee, but that’s just my personal opinion.

The Occasional Deep Clean

For a deeper clean, follow the above steps first. Then, take apart the plunger. You will need to make a paste using baking soda and water. You will only add enough water to the baking soda to keep that thicker consistency of a paste.

Next, take your bottle brush or sponge and scrub each individual piece of the plunger. Rinse off each piece thoroughly afterwards to make sure all of the paste residue is gone.

Mineral Build Up Solution

Now, if you’re like me and have hard water, you may end up with mineral build up on your carafe and plunger. Trust me, you’ll know it when you see it. It’s white and chalky.

To solve this problem I wash my French press in a vinegar and water solution. Mix equal parts white distilled vinegar and water and use that to scrub your French press.

You should disassemble all the parts of the plunger and be sure to clean both the inside and outside of your carafe for best results. Rinse with plain water and leave your press out to air dry disassembled. Once dry, you’re free to put it back together and prepare your next brew! You now know how to clean a French press!