How to Clean a Moka Pot? Easy and Quick Methods!

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The importance of a clean moka pot cannot be overestimated… Coffee with a strong flavor and tools that can last for years. You can not only avoid bacterial growth within your moka pot by taking care of it, but you can also extend the life of your pot.

Take the time to look after your coffee maker – believe me, it’ll be worth it! So, what’s the best way to clean a Moka pot?

The Importance of Cleaning Your Moka Pot

The coffee oils and sugars that have gathered on the surface of your coffee maker oxidize and melt. And, despite common opinion, burnt coffee can differ from the flavor of freshly brewed coffee.

Should you clean your Moka Pot?

After you finish brewing your coffee and want to clean your moka pot, you should always rinse it with hot water and then wipe it with a clean cloth. Avoid using soap or a sponge to clean the moka pot.

A dirty moka pot or the use of soap/sponge for cleaning can affect the overall taste of your coffee, making it more bitter or even having the taste of a dishwashing liquid.

But First!

Before you make your first brew, make sure you have everything you need.

If this is your first experience using your Moka Pot, make several practice brews and then remove the coffee. The coffee oils seal the aluminum base, preventing a metallic flavor of your coffee.


The Moka Pot Ceremony!

If your stovetop is completely new, you’ll have to go through a little ceremony before getting your first taste!  Both of the pieces should be washed in hot water. While drinking some espresso, brew 2 to 3 pots – a great reason to get rid of any old beans…

What’s the last time you made 2-3 pots of coffee without cleaning your coffee maker? That’s right! Zero …so make this change!

Aluminum Moka Pots

Aluminum moka pots can be difficult to deal with and to a newcomer can be quite a nightmare if not careful! They are high-maintenance and require your full attention when it comes to cleaning them after each use.

You should never put them in the dishwasher for cleaning and should always handwash them, but only when they are completely dry, so that you can avoid breaking it! They are a great choice if you are on a budget.

How to clean my Aluminum Moka Pot?

Do not use soapy water or a hard sponge to rinse your moka cup. Remember these wonderful espressos you created and the special oils they left on the inside of the pot? You don’t want the taste of dishwashing liquid to ruin it.

After every use, just rinse it with hot water and wipe it down with a cotton towel. Alternatively, you should hang it to dry for a while.

Use Filter Water

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Your Moka pot should be cleaned with filtered water from time to time if the water in your region is extremely rough.  It’s always a good idea to do it now and again to save the Moka’s Pot filter, from being clogged.

The steam produced by moka pots creates a lot of pressure. If the filter is clogged, the pressure in the boiling chamber can rise. The valve, though, will clog if your water is rough.

As a result, there’s yet another purpose to sanitize. The steam would not be able to escape if you fill the valve with regular water.

Use White Vinegar and Baking Soda

Using vinegar and baking soda to clean the moka pot.

You shouldn’t need advanced tools to keep your moka pot in top shape, whether it’s made of steel or aluminum. To keep it clean, all you really need are a few natural products like vinegar and baking soda: here’s when and how to apply them.

Baking Soda Cleance

Load the boiler with water and a teaspoon of baking soda for daily washing, then add another teaspoon of baking soda in the filter and place the device on the stovetop as if you were making coffee with the moka pot. Baking soda is a powerful cleaning and deodorizing agent.

White Vinegar Cleance

Using a combination of water and vinegar to disinfect the inner of the Moka pot. Load the above mixture into the container, then fit all of the sections as if you were making coffee, but without the coffee grounds.

Enable all of the vinegar solution to boil and transfer into the filter chamber by placing it on the stove over low heat. Turn off the heat and let it cool until the vinegar has gathered. Repeat the procedure with only water once more.


Stainless Steel Moka Pots

You can do all the steps from above, but just because, steel is a bit harder to get cleansed, you can also use a stronger detergent in a powder form, that will clean it perfectly.

Dissolve a teaspoon of the powder of your choice or trust our favorite and cheap, Miele Cleaning Tablets for Coffee Machines, in warm water, to make a cleaning bath for the moka pot. Make sure to rinse everything very well (as detergents are harmful if we inhale or consume it) with lots of plain water and repeat it!

Detailed Washing

If you use your moka pot regularly, we suggest cleaning it deeply once every month.

To begin, unscrew it and examine the separate pieces: the filter must not have any stuck tiny holes (you should use a pin to fix this if necessary), and the filter should still be loose; alternatively, it’s time to repair it.

How to clean the outer part of my Moka Pot?

Is your moka pot scratched and stained? Try mixing at least three teaspoons of bicarbonate into a bottle of hot water to disinfect the exterior.

You may also add a splash of vinegar to make the mixture much more effective. Then rinse it well with a rough sponge before washing it under warm water.

In any situation, note the common-sense rule after scrubbing it: make absolutely sure the moka pot is completely dry before letting it sit, as any moisture left on the device can allow grayish lines to show.

How can you wash a stainless steel coffee pot that hasn't been used in a while?

The Lemon Method
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And what if you’ve spent in a home espresso maker but you suddenly craving a cup of coffee made with your old buddy, the moka pot?

A procedure identical to the one described above can be used to clean a coffee pot that isn’t used in a long period of time. Load the boiler halfway with hot water and 1/3 of a cup of white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of a cup of a fresh lemon. Mix products in a 2(water):1(vinegar-lemon) ratio!

*In Aluminum moka pots, the lemon which contains citric acid is not the best, so add only some drops!*

Be sure it's not in the dishwasher!

After an unpleasant soak in super-hot water with harsh detergents, it will definitely lose its slickness, protective layer, and will become cracked and no longer functional.


Storage is Key

Why did my Moka Pot cracked by itself?

Storage is an important part.  Please ensure your moka pot is fully dry on the inside before putting it away in the drawer. Cracking is caused by moisture and appears as grayish patches that resemble crusty development.

Can my Moka Pot get moldy?

 If you mistakenly stored it in a humid environment and now find it in this condition, you’ll have to rinse it out with warm soapy water, which will remove the coffee oils somewhat.

In addition, if you don’t use it often enough, the oily coffee surface can get moldy. It should be washed with hot soapy water and scrubbed with a soft rag. After a proper rinse, you’re ready for action.

Tried All Steps Without Results?

You should look for replacement parts if you’re having trouble washing your moka pot or it’s made out of aluminum.

If your filter becomes broken or rusty, all you should do is repair it, and your pot will be as good as new! Just replace the missing pieces of your coffee maker – it’s efficient and cost-effective. Keep your moka pots in excellent condition.

Wash it after each use and also don’t leave coffee inside. I hope you succeed and to create plenty of delicious coffee!

Last Thoughts

Once you’ve figured out the finer details, the only way to work it out and get familiar with the methods of this little coffee brewing device.

When making coffee, don’t overtighten the pot because this will allow the rubber seal to stretch out faster. However, if you don’t secure that enough, it could leak when on the burner, which you don’t even want.

 If you’ve not perfected the art of making outstanding coffee with your moka pot, or if you’ve not yet but want to see what all the excitement is about, here are our 10 Best Moka Pots for 2021.

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