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Jake_Loew
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Posted Tue Feb 5, 2013, 11:06pm
Subject: soaking cloth filters in bleach solution
 

I use a stovetop siphon to brew coffee at home.  It makes a great brew, but the cloth filters I use have become brown, and effect the taste of my brew.  What do you think about soaking them in a bleach solution for about 10 minutes? Is this bad for my health?
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Posted Tue Feb 5, 2013, 11:39pm
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Please do not use bleach.  It is poison.  

Use Oxyclean FREE - the one with no dyes or perfumes.  
Just a pinch (maybe 1/8 tsp) in a coffee mug with a few ounces of *hot* water will work to clean a filter in an hour or so.  

Then rinse the cloth under warm running water for a few moments to make sure no detergent is left.  
Works like a charm every time.

 
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Posted Wed Feb 6, 2013, 9:41am
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I also think Puly Cafe and boiling water would work really well too.
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Posted Wed Feb 6, 2013, 6:32pm
Subject: Re: soaking cloth filters in bleach solution
 

JonR10 Said:

Please do not use bleach.  It is poison.  

Use Oxyclean FREE - the one with no dyes or perfumes.  
Just a pinch (maybe 1/8 tsp) in a coffee mug with a few ounces of *hot* water will work to clean a filter in an hour or so.  

Then rinse the cloth under warm running water for a few moments to make sure no detergent is left.  
Works like a charm every time.

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Ditto.

 
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Posted Fri Mar 1, 2013, 5:59pm
Subject: Re: soaking cloth filters in bleach solution
 

The following is from the Hario Japan website:

"If a cloth filter is dried out in the sun or by any other method, the coffee components that have been absorbed by the cloth filter are oxidized. The next time cloth filter is used a strange odor will arise from the coffee. In order to keep brewing good coffee, it is crucial to make sure the cloth filter does not dry out. After you have brewed coffee with the cloth filter, wash it well with water and then store it in the refrigerator immersed in water."

I clean my cloth filters as does JonR10, then air-dry subsequent to towel-drying. The filter is totally dry in less than an hour. I have not detected any off-tastes, though I have not performed a side-by-side comparison of coffee brewed with a filter cared for according to Hario's method and coffee brewed using my method.

Am I making a quality compromise by drying the cloth filter?
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