We all know that cleaning your equipment can be easily forgotten. You have just brewed a nice cup of joe and just want to drink it straight away, leaving your dirty coffee brewer in the sink.
I am one of those people, and this is the reason I wrote this article. In this article, I will go over 4 different ways to clean a Hario V60 when the coffee stains are really stuck in your brewer. Let’s get started.
Why do I need to clean my Hario V60?
By cleaning your coffee brewer after each brewing session, you keep it nice and clean. It will look great after you have cleaned it, and it will most likely look brand-new even after you have been using it for some time.
Coffee beans can be a bit oily sometimes, depending on the coffee roast. This oil will build up on your coffee brewer after a while, especially between the grooves. The oil that is left behind can leave a weird taste on your coffee when you keep brewing without cleaning it between sessions.
I have 4 ways to cleaning it the right way. Hopefully, these cleaning options will help you out and leave you with a brand-new-looking brewer for you to enjoy. Let me tell you all about it down below:
4 ways to clean a Hario V60
As I have said, I have 4 different ways of cleaning your Hario V60. Below you will find the cleaning techniques. The great part about the cleaning techniques is that you can choose one that suits you best.
Do you just have some mild soap in your kitchen? Use this technique to get that clean-looking Hario V60. Let me tell you all about the 4 cleaning techniques that you can use:
- Cleaning it with mild soap and warm tap water.
- Using a vinegar bath to clean.
- Using baking soda to clean.
- Placing it in the dishwasher.
Let me start from the beginning and work my way down to the last cleaning technique.
1. Cleaning the Hario V60 with mild soap and warm tap water
You can use any mild washing soap you have lying around in the kitchen for this cleaning technique. I use the same washing soap for this cleaning technique that I use to clean my kitchen utensils.
These mild washing soaps are great for cleaning your brewer as they won’t deal any damage to your coffee brewer.
- Get a large enough container that fits your brewer inside. You can also use your sink for this.
- Fill up your container or sink with hot tap water and add a dash of mild washing soap.
- Swirl it around in its bath and leave to steep in its bath for about 20 minutes.
- If your coffee brewer is filthy around the edges, you can use a soft sponge to clean these spots.
- After you have given it a good scrubbing, rinse with hot tap water.
- Don’t forget to rinse off all the edges to make sure there is no soap left.
- Your Hario V60 is now clean and ready to be used again!
This technique is the easiest to use and will work great for most people. Did the soapy bath not help, and you still have some tough coffee stains stuck to your Hario V60? Try the following cleaning technique:
2. Using a vinegar bath to clean the Hario V60
This cleaning technique is best used for those tough stains that seem to forever stick to your Hario V60. You’ll need about the same equipment as the cleaning technique, which used a mild cleaning soap.
- Grab yourself the same container or use your sink again.
- Fill the container (or sink) with warm tap water.
- Now, add a good amount of vinegar to the water. Use about 50 grams of vinegar to 1 liter of water to get things started.
- Swirl the coffee brewer around in its bath and leave to steep for at least 30 minutes to an hour. The amount of time really depends on how dirty it is. You can also leave it overnight if you really need to.
- Scrub the brewer with a soft sponge or brush and get into all the edges.
- Rinse off with warm or cold tap water and leave to dry.
Alternatively, you can use an old toothbrush to get into the grooves of the Hario V60. This works great for the hard-to-reach places that look dirty. Let’s move onto the third cleaning technique:
3. Using baking soda to clean the Hario V60
This cleaning technique will require a bit more patience compared to the above-mentioned. Use a 1:1 ratio of water and baking soda to get this cleaning technique started.
- Mix the baking soda and water.
- Set the coffee brewer upside down into a large container and pour over the baking soda mixture.
- The mixture will start to bubble away when hitting the edges of the brewer, don’t worry, this is a good thing.
- You can leave some mixture on the Hario V60 if it sticks on it, and leave for 5 minutes.
- Rinse off the excess baking soda/ water mixture and leave to dry.
This cleaning technique works amazing for the hard-to-get-out stains on the bottom. Coffee drips through this part of the brewer and will leave some stains when you use it long enough.
Now that you’ve learned how to clean your Hario V60 manually, let’s move onto the easiest cleaning technique:
4. Placing the Hario V60 in your dishwasher
Out of all the cleaning techniques, this will be the easiest to handle by far. Let’s get into it.
- Rinse off most coffee when you’ve just brewed a cup of joe from the Hario V60 before moving on.
- Place the Hario V60 in the top rack of your dishwasher.
- Let the dishwasher run its program and let dry.
Although this cleaning technique required almost no effort, it is one of the most underrated cleaning techniques for the Hario V60.
I suggest rinsing off your brewer after each brewing session. This will ensure that it stays clean for the longest time before using any other cleaning techniques.
You can use these cleaning techniques for all versions of the Hario V60. But be careful with placing the glass versions in the dishwasher as it might break due to the dishwasher rack being too full.
I would also suggest leaving the dishwasher out of the cleaning techniques when using a copper Hario V60. Copper is known to attract flavors from anything very fast. A dishwasher full of plates with leftovers might not be the best idea.
How to properly dry the Hario V60
Once you have cleaned your brewer and it looks super clean, you want to make sure you dry it properly.
Drying it the right way will make sure you get the most out of this amazing coffee brewer. A good-looking coffee brewer will make your coffee brewing sessions that much better.
After you have cleaned the brewer, place it onto a kitchen towel, and leave for a few minutes. The biggest water drops will evaporate, and it will now leave you with some small drops of water.
Use the same towel to dry it, not forgetting the insides and the dripping spout. Now, place it into your coffee corner, and it will be ready to brew some amazing coffee shortly!
Wow! It’s amazing what these different cleaning techniques can do to a dirty Hario V60. I have been using this coffee brewer for some time now and have been cleaning it thoroughly ever since.
Although washing it after each brewing session goes a long way, you will see some oils build up over time. These cleaning techniques will work great when that time comes.
If you want to learn how to make great coffee with your brand-new-looking coffee brewer, you can check out the articles I’ve listed below.
Will you be trying out these cleaning techniques? Let me know by leaving a comment down below. If you have any other questions regarding coffee, you can also contact me directly by pressing the “Contact Me” button at the top!