How to Remove Burnt Coffee on a Coffeemaker Warming Plate

Most coffeemakers include warming plates for the carafes, or pots. A warming plate keeps the pot and coffee warm while the unit is turned on, allowing users to access a warm cup of coffee well after the coffee has finished brewing. Coffee can drip onto a coffeemaker's warming plate during the brewing process or when the carafe is lifted on or off the warming plate, causing a burned-on residue from the heat generated by the warming plate. Cleaning this burnt residue is fairly simple.

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Got vinegar? Use it to clean a coffeepot warming plate with relative ease.

Step 1

Turn off and unplug the coffeemaker. Wait for the warming plate to completely cool before cleaning.

Step 2

Combine warm water and a few drops of dish-washing liquid. Dip a clean, soft cloth or paper towel into the mixture and wipe the warming plate until the burned-on residue is gone.

Step 3

Apply a small amount of vinegar to a cleaning sponge if the cleaning mixture does not remove the burned-on residue. Scrub gently to remove the residue.

Step 4

Dampen a clean cloth or paper towel with water and wipe the warming plate.

Step 5

Allow the warming plate to air dry completely, or dry it with a towel before turning the coffeemaker on.