How To Clean A French Press (A Ridiculously Easy Way)

We have had a few readers ask us on our Facebook page how to clean a French Press. So for those of you looking for an easy way, here is a quick step-by-step guide to get your dirty French Press just as clean as the first day you unboxed it.

​It might seem easy to clean a French Press, and I’m sure most of you already have a method using maybe your hands or a spoon to scoop out the used coffee grounds. But in this guide, I’m going to show you a way that is ridiculously easy and won’t leave you with old coffee grounds caked all over your hands.

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Quick And Easy Clean French Press Method

​The first method to bring life back to your dirty French Press is a super quick and easy way that’s perfect for everyday cleaning. It involves only a couple of steps, but at least once a week we recommend using a deep clean by following the below advanced method.

Step 1

​Once the coffee has been consumed from your French Press and you’re left with a coffee sludge at the bottom, fill the French Press with water from the faucet. Adding water will help to loosen the coffee grounds that are compacted at the bottom. Once your French Press is about half way full of water, give it a swirl around.

​Step 2

Take a regular kitchen sieve and pour the contents of your French Press into the strainer over your kitchen sink. You’ll notice that all of the coffee grounds are now effortlessly being removed from your French Press and have been caught in the sieve. Simply throw the used coffee grounds into your trash or better still add them to your garden compost.

french press cleaningStep 3

Now it’s time to quickly clean your French Press. Fill the carafe with warm soapy water (regular dish washing detergent is fine) and place the plunger into the Press. Slowly push the plunger up and down a few times until you start to see the soap bubbling. By doing this you are not only cleaning the sides of your French Press carafe, but you are also dislodging any coffee grounds that might be stuck inside of the mesh plunger.

Just like we said – ridiculously easy!

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Deep Cleaning Of A French Press (Advanced)

This is a more advanced method on how to clean a French Press and involves a bit more work. We recommend that you do a full clean like this at least once a week to make sure any stubborn coffee grounds have been fully removed from the mesh filter.

​Step 1

The first step is to remove any old coffee grounds that are left in the French Press. This can be a bit of a pain especially if they’re compressed and stuck at the bottom. Using a wooden spoon or a spatula often does the trick and if all else fails get your hand in there. Throw the old grounds in the garbage or a better option is to use them in your garden (great for keeping ants away).

Step 2

If your glass carafe can be removed from its metal casing (most of the best French Press coffee makers can) gently slide it out and give it a good wash on the inside and outside using warm water and regular kitchen detergent or for a better clean we recommend using Urnex Clearly Coffee Liquid. Next, disassemble the parts of your French Press, you should have the lid, the plunger, the mesh filter screen, and some disks.

You’ll notice almost immediately the coffee that’s trapped between the filter disks. Take all of the filter parts and give them a good wash under your kitchen faucet to remove any hard to remove coffee grounds.

Step 3

Take a soft sponge or a brush (anything that won’t scratch your glass or metal parts will do) and gently scrub the walls of the glass carafe using warm soapy water making sure to remove any remaining coffee residue. Once you’re happy, give all of the sections a good rinse with water to ensure that there is no soapy residue left (the soap can taint your coffee if not removed).

Step 4

Once all of the sections of your French Press have been cleaned thoroughly lay them out on a clean towel or a drying rack and allow then to air dry. If you’re in a hurry, you can dry each piece individuality with a clean kitchen towel, but air drying is the best method to make sure no unwanted foreign objects become lodged in your French Press.

Step 5

When your French Press is clean and thoroughly dry start to reassemble all of the parts back together the same way they were removed. The mesh filter needs to be placed back onto the plunger arm, and the glass carafe carefully placed back inside of its metal casing.

Not as easy to clean a French Press with this advanced method but something that needs to be done to keep your coffee tasting great and your French Press in good working condition.

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