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Best way to clean a coffee pot?

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I recently rescued an old (drip) coffee pot from my in-laws, and I would like to use it for an upcoming event. It's in bad shape though...I mean, it works fine, but it hasn't been used in a long time and looks pretty dirty inside. My question is, is there any way to *really* clean the inside (where you pour the water in) of a coffee pot? I usually use vinegar for routine coffee pot cleaning, but I think I might need something, well, stronger! Any ideas?
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As far as I know vinegar should be fine. We used to have major lime deposit issues and we would run about 4 or 5 pots of vinegar through alternating with water. Once or twice did the trick but it seemed the additional times finished it off!
urnex -- it's a citric acid cleanser to get rid of deposits. you boil water & let it sit. it comes in little green & white packets at coffee suppliers. or you can try to bum a scoop from a place that serves coffee, they always have a big vat of it under the counter.
Soak the pot with warm water and salt, kosher salt works well. Swish after a few minutes and rinse...

- Chelsea
I used to work in a restaurant and we used ice, salt and lemon. Worked pretty well.
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