How to clean your Keurig?

Not sure how to clean your Keurig coffee maker so it once again produces lip smacking coffee? Here’s everything you should do.

Does your coffee not tickle your taste buds like it did when you first bought your Keurig? Has your coffee lost the refreshing aroma? Well, it’s not the beans or your taste buds that are the problem but rather your coffee maker itself.

But no, you don’t need a new keurig coffee maker yet, you simply need to clean your machine and here are the different ways to clean it.

General Cleaning

  • For this, you need to disassemble the brewer which you can learn in the video given below.
  • Once you’ve disassembled it you need to give each part like the K-cup holder, funnel, drip tray etc. a thorough wash.
  • While the K-cup holder only needs to be rinsed with hot water the drip tray, funnel etc. can be dipped in soapy water but ensure they are cleaned and dried well before reassembly.
  • Ensure the holes of the exit needle are free from all debris using a paper clip.
  • Give the exterior parts of the coffee maker a good wipe with a damp and dry cloth.
  • Reassemble the machine correctly. Next, here’s what you should do.

Learn to disassemble your Keurig the easy way


Descale the coffee maker

One of the most effective ways to clean your Keurig coffee maker and ensure long lasting performance is to descale it every 2-3 months using vinegar or a descaler solution.

Descaling helps removes the grime and residue stuck on the interior of the coffee maker which in turn lowers brewing and heating efficiency.

  • Fill the reservoir with about 300-500 ml vinegar depending on the size of your machine and start the brewing process.
  • We’d suggest you use ceramic cups rather than K-Cups for the descaling process.
  • Once you start the brewing process turn off the machine and let the vinegar rest in the brewer for about 20-25 minutes. Turn it back on and hit the ‘Brew” button again.
  • Drain the hot vinegar down the sink.
  • Once that’s complete perform another rinse using vinegar.
  • This time when your coffee maker shows the ‘add water’ indication pause the brewing and let the vinegar rest in the machine for about 5-6 hours. Clear off the remaining hot vinegar once done.
  • After the second rinse, clear off the vinegar residue by running the brewing process using clean hot water. Again, avoid using the K-Cup. Brew 3-4 times and then 2-3 times with cold water to get rid of the vinegar taste.

Still confused? Check out the descaling process in detail in the video below