A Guide on Cleaning A French Press The Right Way

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Johny Morrisson

Unlocking the full potential of your French press doesn’t just rely on selecting the finest coffee beans or perfecting your brewing technique. It also involves mastering the art of keeping your beloved coffee maker in pristine condition by cleaning it regularly.

There are two primary cleaning methods to consider: daily cleaning and deep cleaning.

Daily cleaning does not require disassembling the entire French press. However, for a more thorough cleaning, disassembling the components is necessary to remove all the buildup and avoid clogging.

Now, let’s explore both methods in detail!

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Quick Cleaning French Press | Daily Maintenance

Removing spent coffee grounds from a French Press coffee maker is a bit of a chore and it can cause a mess if you don’t know how to do it properly.

I have a smarter and easier method to clean your French Press quickly. Here’s how:

You’ll need:

  • Warm water
  • Dish Soap


1. To start, properly dispose of your coffee grounds.

Don’t pour used coffee grounds down the drain! Instead, add some water to your French press, swirl it, and then set up a fine mesh strainer over your sink to collect the grounds. After straining, you can either compost them or reuse the grounds in other creative ways.

If you have a garden, you can easily dispose of used coffee grounds by pouring them at the base of your garden beds. This is a quick and easy way to get rid of the grounds, and they will benefit your plants.

If you don’t have a metal strainer, you can use a wooden or plastic spatula to remove the coffee grounds. Don’t use metal utensils as they can damage the surface of the French Press.

2. Next, take your French press carafe and fill it halfway with warm water. Add a small amount of soap to the water. Take hold of the plunger and move it up and down a few times inside the carafe. This action will effectively clean the sides and remove any coffee oils.

3. Dispose of the soapy water and give the carafe a final rinse.

That’s it! Your French press is now clean and ready to brew some delicious coffee.

How to clean a French Press thoroughly | Weekly Maintenance

For the best brewing experience, I highly recommend giving your French press a deeper clean once a week. This method is necessary to clean the filters of the French press.

Here’s how you can do it:

You’ll need:

  • Baking soda or Vinegar
  • Sponge
  • Warm Water


  1. Begin by following the regular cleaning steps for your French press.
  1. Next, disassemble the plunger, separating each piece for individual attention.
  1. Create a mixture of baking soda and water, aiming for a slightly pasty consistency. Add just enough water to the baking soda to achieve this texture.

Use a sponge or bottle brush to scrub each piece with the baking soda paste, ensuring thorough coverage.

  1. Rinse each component diligently, guaranteeing the removal of any residual baking soda or grime.
  1. In case of hard water buildup or clogging, prepare a solution comprising equal parts vinegar and water. And soak the filters and plunger assembly in it for half an hour.
  1. Thoroughly rinse all parts to eliminate any traces of the vinegar-water solution.

Make sure you allow the components to dry completely before reassembling your French press.

Deep cleaning of French Press is very important because if you don’t do it, the fine coffee particles will clog the mesh screen. This can damage the metal filter or it can even make the plunger stuck when brewing coffee.

How Often Should You Clean a French Press Coffee Maker?

It’s important to wash the French press after every use. This prevents the buildup of oils and coffee residues that can affect the taste and freshness of future brews. Additionally, weekly deep cleaning is recommended. This additional step helps to flush out any remnants of coffee oils and stuck-on coffee bits that regular washing might miss.

By incorporating this two-part cleaning process into your maintenance routine, you can ensure that your French press remains both functionally and aesthetically at its peak, preserving the flavor and quality of your coffee.

Some Tips for Cleaning a French Press

I have a few tips for you that can help you minimize the need for deep cleaning to once a month:

Fill the water in French Press

If you don’t have the time to clean a French press, take a moment to remove the plunger and fill your French Press with cold water.

It’s best to avoid letting coffee sediment sit at the bottom of the carafe for an extended period of time, as it can cause hard stains that are difficult to clean.

I personally make it a habit to do this when I am in a rush and don’t have the time to clean the French press

Use coarse salt for stubborn stains

For the tough coffee stains and buildup, try adding some coarse salt to hot water. This simple mixture acts as a gentle abrasive, effectively removing stains without causing deep scratches on your French Press.

Handle with care

While cleaning, be gentle with the sponge or microfiber cloth you use. And don’t use steel utensils to scrap off the used coffee grounds from the Glass French Press jar.

Rough handling can result in scratches and give your French Press a worn-out appearance. 

Consider alternative cleaning products

If you also use your French Press for frothing milk normal cleaning may not suffice.

Try using specialized products like urnex tabs for deep cleaning. These tabs are designed to effectively break down oils, milk solids, tea deposits, and other residues that can accumulate in your French press, even with regular cleaning. 

However, keep in mind that using baking soda is a more cost-effective option.

Thoroughly dry all parts

Regardless of how often you clean your French press (daily, weekly, or monthly), it’s essential to ensure that all the components are completely dried before reassembling the device. 

Any moisture left behind can result in an unpleasant taste in your coffee and contribute to rusting in metal strainers over time. 

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Final Thoughts

All in all, cleaning your French Press doesn’t have to be a time-consuming chore. By following the quick cleaning routine for daily maintenance and incorporating a deeper clean once a week, you can keep your French Press sparkling clean and ready to brew that perfect cup of coffee every time. 

Remember, regular cleaning is very important as it improves the taste of your coffee and also prolongs the lifespan of your French Press. Happy brewing!

If you have questions do let us know in the comments!

Also check out how to remove coffee stains from cups


Can you put a French Press in a dishwasher?

Yes, you can put a French Press in the dishwasher.
Make sure to disassemble the components before placing them in the dishwasher for optimal cleaning and to prevent any potential damage.

Can you use any type of soap to clean a French Press?

It is recommended to use mild dish soap when cleaning a French Press. Harsh or scented soaps may leave behind unwanted flavors or residue. Stick to a gentle, unscented dish soap for the best results.

How often should you change French press filter?

You don’t have to change the French press filter often; it can last over a year. Simply clean it with baking soda or vinegar once a week or when there is a clogging issue.

Johny Morrison is a founder and content creator at Coffee About. He knows everything there is to know about coffee and loves sharing his passion with others.

You can often find him sipping a single-origin pour-over, rich French press, or pulling espresso shots at home. Johny loves full-bodied dark roasts – the bolder, the better!

As a former barista, he takes coffee equipment seriously and enjoys experimenting with the latest gear. When he’s not brewing or blogging, Johny is scouting local cafes for his next coffee fix.

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