ISO Coffee Pot Cleaner
I'm looking for liquid coffee pot cleaners that a) actually work and b) can be readily obtained.
At previous employers that had coffee service, the most common cleaner provided was Squeak N Clean: http://www.squeaknclean.com/proddetai...
It works very well on coffee and hard water stains but it is not available at retail around here.
I've seen some brand at Smart & Final that contains phosphoric acid - same active ingredient as the effective Shower Power brand (no longer available except by mail order).
Does it have to be a liquid? Since moving to an extremely hard water area, I've been using a product called Lemi Shine. As near as I can tell, it's basically citric acid crystals. I add a couple of spoonsful to my water-filled coffee carafe, stir with a chopstick to dissolve, then run the resulting liquid through a cycle--using a filter in the basket. Run a carafe of plain water through the cycle, et Voila! My carafe sparkles and my machine is free of crusty deposits. I do this every weekend. I purchase this product at my local WalMart.
The two main things that need cleaning are mineral deposits and coffee oils. A mild solution of citric acid in water will do wonders to remove stubborn hard water deposits and can be use to descale the coffee maker. The other involves the removal of oils via surfactants. I have used Simple Green to remove oils. It claims to be non toxic and was initially invented to clean coffee roasting drums.