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Oct 17, 2012 03:04 PM

Eliminating coffee oil/odor from stainless storage container?

I use Airscape stainless-steel containers to store both whole coffee beans and ground coffee, but I have yet to find a method of cleaning the containers that really gets rid of every trace of the coffee oil. I try not to be too anal, but when I change beans, like from a light roast to a medium one, I would like to start with a totally "clean slate." I've tried Lemon Joy, hot water and baking soda, soaking hot water/baking soda in the container overnight, and even antibacterial handsoap (which was probably a mistake!) Yet the smell lingers. Anyone have any advice? Thanks!

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  1. Rotate between two canisters and let one air out uncovered while you use the other. Just wash with dish soap and water.

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    1. re: olyolyy can wind up embedding the cleaner/smell you've used to disinfect into the canister...into the batch of beans. Rotate and air; best methods.

    2. I would think that Cameo stainless steel cleaner would do the job on the metal. Or is there a soft gasket material that's absorbing the odor?

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      1. re: Dave_in_PA

        Thanks for the suggestions. I only have 2 containers, and I use one for beans and one for ground, so I will consider buying another in order to "rotate." It's the standard Airscape configuration: the lid that comes in direct contact with the coffee is plastic w/no gasket, but there is a gasket (not sure of material) on the exterior lid. Perhaps that is the source of the smell rather than the stainless! I'll try washing them in something stronger.

        1. re: katydid13

          gasket cleaner, baking soda diluted with white vinegar, rinse repeat.

          1. re: HillJ

            it's always fun to mix baking soda and vinegar......

            1. re: Dave_in_PA

              Dave you mixing LARGE buckets of the stuff or taking a small bowl out of the cabinet and creating a slurry to clean the gasket of a ss canister? :)

      2. I could never get my brewed coffee (with cream&sugar) thermos completely clean and odor-free until I learned the tip to use powdered dishwasher detergent and hot water, shaking it up and letting it sit until cool, then using a bottle brush. A similar technique might work in your situation.

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        1. re: greygarious

          Good idea -- most powdered dishwasher soap is TSP, and will clean just about anything.

          1. re: greygarious

            Thanks! I don't have a dishwasher, but this gives me a good reason to buy the soap!

            1. re: katydid13

              dishwasher soap on the stainless parts but I wouldn't rub the soap (especially if it has grit particles) on the gasket.