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How to Clean a French Press Thoroughly? (7 Simple Steps)

Henry Muller

A freshly brewed coffee can be the perfect way to start your day, but if you're using a French press to make it, you know that cleaning up can be a bit of a chore. And just like any other coffee equipment, it's important to keep your French press clean to ensure your coffee stays delicious and free of unwanted residue. 

The mesh filter, plunger, and glass container all need to be cleaned comprehensively to prevent leftover coffee grounds and oils from impacting the flavor of your subsequent brew. 

If you're wondering how to clean a French press, you've come to the right place. In this blog, we'll provide you with step-by-step instructions to clean a French press thoroughly, along with some extra tips and tricks.‍

Why should you clean your French press?

Cleaning your French press is crucial to keep your future coffee batches fresh and delicious. Over time, coffee grounds and oils can build up inside the French press, causing your coffee to taste bitter and unpleasant.

Not only that but leaving old coffee grounds in your French press can also create a breeding ground for bacteria and mold, which can be detrimental to your health.

By regularly cleaning your French press, you can prevent these issues and ensure that your coffee is safe to drink and always tastes its best. 

Things you will need to clean a French press

You'll need the following supplies to clean up your French press:

1) Dish soap

Select a mild, fragrance-free dish soap that won't leave any remnants in your French press.

2) Warm water

Hot water can damage your French press, so use warm water instead.

3) Soft sponge or brush

A soft sponge or brush that will help you clean the inside of the French press.

4) Baking soda

Baking soda acts as a natural deodorizer that can help eliminate any foul smell inside the press.

5) White vinegar

White vinegar can be used to remove any persistent stains inside the press.

6) Microfiber cloth

Using a microfiber cloth will help you dry the press after cleaning it.

Step-by-step instructions to clean your French press

Step 1

Disassemble the French press and remove the plunger and filter.

Step 2

Rinse the French press with warm water to remove any loose debris.

Step 3

Add a few drops of dish soap and a tablespoon of baking soda to the French press.

Step 4

Fill the French press halfway with warm water and use a sponge or brush to scrub the inside thoroughly.

Step 5

Rinse the French press with warm water and add a 1/4 cup of white vinegar to the press.

Step 6

Fill the French press with warm water and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.

Step 7

Rinse the French press with warm water and use a microfiber cloth to dry it.

How often should you clean your French press?

It is recommended to clean your French press after each use to prevent any buildup of coffee grounds, oils, and bacteria that can affect the taste of your coffee. A quick rinse with warm water and mild dish soap should suffice. n

If you're using your French press daily, you can deep clean it once a week by disassembling it, soaking the parts in warm water and vinegar solution for 30 minutes, and then scrubbing away any remaining residue.

What extra care should you take while using a French press?‍

While using a French press, it's essential to handle it with care to ensure that your coffee tastes great and your press lasts longer.

Firstly, make sure to use coarse coffee grounds to prevent clogging the filter. Secondly, avoid pressing too hard on the plunger as it can damage the filter and the glass. Lastly, never use boiling water as it can crack the glass; instead, use water that is around 200°F.

Also make sure to avoid using metal utensils inside the press, as they can scratch the glass and ruin the press.

Additional tips to clean your French press coffee maker

If you're struggling to clean your French press or want to ensure it stays in excellent condition, here are some additional tips you can follow.‍

  • If you have a dishwasher, you can put your French press in it to clean it.
  • You can use lemon juice instead of white vinegar to remove stubborn stains inside the press.
  • If your French press has a plastic lid, you can use a toothbrush to clean it thoroughly.

Wrapping up

Investing in a quality French press is worth it for the delicious coffee it can produce. However, it's important to take care of it properly to ensure it continues to function well and produce great-tasting coffee.

Remember to clean your press regularly, take precautions while using it, and use these additional tips for a deep clean. With these simple steps, you can enjoy delicious coffee from your French press for years to come.


Henry Muller

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I am a barista by profession hailing from NC. My journey began in my late teens when I started working as a barista in a local coffee shop. My passion for coffee quickly became evident as I immersed myself in the art of espresso extraction, latte art ...


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