Cleaning a carafe is almost impossible! First, you have to go beyond the narrow neck to remove stubborn stains – fruit juice, red wine … – And then try to dry the inside. With a little ingenuity, however, it is possible to meet the challenge.
The outside of the carafe
- Wash the outside of the carafe by hand with a sponge or soft-bristled brush dipped in warm water with a few drops of mild dishwashing liquid.
- Never put it in the dishwasher because the heat and vibrations will break its delicate collar.
- If it is an old model or is made of rock crystal or cut crystal, wash it in a plastic basin rather than in the sink, which will limit the risk of breaking it. Or put a rubber mat or a towel folded in half at the bottom of your sink.
Clean the inside of the carafe
Cleaning the interior of the carafe depends on the dirt that clogs it. There are several methods.
- The simplest way is to fill it with soapy hot water half, close it with your hand and shake it gently.
- If there are traces, pour a handful of coarse salt and a little vinegar, then shake (the salt gently scours the glass while the vinegar removes deposits, especially lemon).
- If traces of red wine persist, fill the carafe with a mixture of hot water, baking soda, and coarse salt and shake it vigorously.
- You can also fill the carafe with water, dive in a denture cleaner tablet, and let it work all night long.
- Whichever method is used, rinse the carafe thoroughly with hot water.
Protect your carafe from moisture
Wipe the carafe entirely so that it does not become dull once the cap is put back in place. Moisture promotes the development of dangerous microorganisms.
- Do not put it to dry in the dish drainer to avoid breaking it.
- Wrap paper towels around the handle of a long wooden spoon – the paper should protrude slightly from the end.
- Introduce it into the carafe and leave it there all night.
- The next morning, the paper will have absorbed the condensation.
- If you can not wait until the next day, dry the inside of the carafe in the hairdryer, but be careful: excessive heat can crack the glass.
You now know the essential tips for carafes maintenance without breaking your head.