How To Clean A Wire Mesh Coffee Filter?

I have a coffee maker that has a fine wire screen mesh instead of a paper filter. It is slowly being clogged with coffee fines bound with residual oils. I can’t seem to get it completely cleaned out, I’d rather not spring for a new one when this one is perfectly good except for the cleaning.
I’ve tried putting it in the dishwasher, soaking it in hot soapy water, and even using one of those power steam cleaners. The steam cleaner gets some of the crud out, but not all of it.
Suggestions?

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6 Responses to “How To Clean A Wire Mesh Coffee Filter?”

  • KCNY1:

    Toothpaste and a soft toothbrush (use one of your old ones.) Your filter will be as good as new.

  • deanie19:

    Be careful if you use any type of brush to clean it. I wouldn’t suggest that though. I had a similar problem with my screen mesh filter in my hood vent. Could not get anything to clean it, I experimented and figured if I ruined it, I could always buy another. My solution…. spray the filter with a solution of dawn dish washing liquid mixed with vinegar and water. Let it sit for about 1/2 hour. While this it is soaking, boil a pot of water, once the water is to a rolling boil, put the heat to simmer. Submerge the filter in the water for about 10 minutes, then follow with regular washing. The degreasing solution released the oils enough to allow them to be dissolved when submerged in boiling water.
    It worked for me.
    Also, just an additional word, everytime you use the coffee filter, you should simply soak it in a hot sink of soapy water, it should keep it from build up.

  • sassyone:

    Soak it in a bowl of baking soda and water. It’ll pull all the crap and residue off of it. Then get in the habit of running vinegar through the coffee pot…the more you use it the more often you’ll have to do it. We make coffee constantly so cleaning the coffee pot with vinegar is a weekly thing (I usually run two pots of water through it after the vinegar to make sure it’s all out before the next pot of coffee) it’ll help keep the filter clean. You’ll still have to soak the filter about once a month though. The same works for the coffee pot. Use baking soda and water in it to pull the residue off the pot itself.

  • kylee m:

    as stupid as it sounds use coffee filters anyway then you wont have the problem

  • ‚ô•Lucifer:

    Set it in a bowl of vinegar for a few hours.
    Generally, vinegar can be filtered through the coffee pot ~ its one way to clean it. But if the filter is that clogged, you may want to let it soak for a bit.
    Good luck.

  • The ReDesign Diva:

    To remove the residu, simply mix baking soda in with your water (make sure the baking soda is well disolved) and then make a pot of baking soda water. Use 2 tablespoons of baking soda and mix well.
    This should remove all the residu.
    Once you have gotten rid of the residual oils, every time you make a pot of coffee, wash your filter in the dishwasher. This will avoid all build-up in the filter.
    Have a cup on me!

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