How To Clean Your French Press

French presses make delicious coffee, and you shouldn't be afraid to use them just because they get dirty quickly. Although French presses aren't complex in their construction, the metal filter of the French press can quickly get clogged with small coffee particles.

To ensure that bitter coffee residues don't spoil the taste of your favorite drink, we'll tell you how to properly wash your French press. To get started, watch the video below.

General Recommendations

The main thing to consider when washing a French press is the coffee grounds, which should only be thrown into the trash can, not into the sink.

When you are finished drinking your coffee, be sure to wait for the French press to cool down. Otherwise, you could burn yourself.

Then remove the coffee grounds. It is most convenient to do this with a silicone spoon; it is not recommended to clean the press with a metal spoon.

For daily maintenance, simply add a few drops of dishwashing detergent and some warm water to the glass flask and pump the plunger up and down several times.

Pour out the water and scrub the sides of the flask with a sponge. The filter must also be flushed periodically.

Take apart the filter (it's not difficult) and clean each part with a paste made from baking soda and a little water.

If there is too much plaque built up on the filter and the sides of the flash, then vinegar will come in handy. Add a mix of equal parts vinegar and water to the flask and rinse each part of the press separately. Rinse the French press under running water and put all the pieces back together.

If you clean your press often (and right after using it), there will be much less buildup and you won't have to disassemble it as often.

Two Effective Ways to Clean a French Press

Clean the French press with citric acid

It is not difficult to clean the flask of a French press, but you will have to tinker with the plunger. Disassemble the lid and plunger into parts by unscrewing the rod at the base.

Take a picture before disassembling so you'll remember how to put it back together.

Cover the parts with citric acid and put them into a container with hot water and leave overnight. Alternatives to citric acid are lemon juice and vinegar. Then scrub the parts with a sponge and fully rinse them.

Likewise, you can remove brown deposits from a glass beaker:

  • Put citric acid in the flask and pour boiling water over it. Close the lid and set aside overnight.
  • Rinse with running water in the morning.
  • Remove the remaining deposits with a napkin.

Get rid of plaque with vinegar, salt, and baking soda

Wipe the flask with a sponge dipped in vinegar and baking soda. Boil the plunger parts in a solution of water, salt, and baking soda.

If there are brown marks on the metal, remove them with a toothbrush and baking soda.

Wipe the parts with a dry dishcloth and reassemble the plunger.