One of the best housewarming gifts I ever received was a Keurig! I love my Keurig for making coffee and hot beverages of all kinds. But one thing I didn’t know how to do when I first started using my Keurig was to clean it. Like many specialized appliances, it’s best to learn the right way to clean it before you do something that could damage your machine. After some research and a little trial and error, here is what I’ve learned about cleaning a Keurig.
Cleaning a Keurig
Cleaning your Keurig is a must if you want to keep your machine working without clogs or other problems. None of us want to wake up ready to brew our morning cup of coffee only to have a clogged machine sputtering out a few unsatisfying drops. So, cleaning and machine maintenance for your Keurig is a must! Cleaning a Keurig is something you should do roughly every 3 months. Here’s how to do it.
1. Unplug Your Machine
You’re going to be disassembling your Keurig for washing so do unplug the machine before you get started.
2. Remove Washable Parts
Once your Keurig is unplugged, remove the water reservoir, the K-cup holder, and the mug stand. Wash these parts in warm soapy water once you’ve removed them.
3. Clean the Needles
This part is a little tricky. The best advice I’ve received is to unbend a paperclip a little bit. Use the unbent end to clean the three holes along the needle that pokes open your K-cups. This should remove any debris that might clog your machine.
4. Surface Wash with a Wet Cloth
While your machine is taken apart, use a wet cloth to wipe down the outside of your Keurig. Then wipe down the inside where you place your K-cups to remove any grounds or other debris.
5. Reassemble Your Machine
Now that you’ve cleaned all the removable Keurig parts and wiped down your machine you’ll need to reassemble it before you begin descaling.
6. Fill the Reservoir with Vinegar
Cleaning a Keurig involves descaling with white vinegar. To descale your Keurig fill the reservoir with vinegar and place the reservoir back on your machine.
7. Start the Brew Cycle
Start the brew cycle WITHOUT placing a K-cup inside. Keep running the brew cycle over and over until the reservoir is empty, throwing out the hot vinegar after each cycle.
8. Rinse with Water Repeatedly
After running vinegar through your Keurig you will want to run the brew cycle several times with plain water to rinse away any remaining vinegar. When you think you’re done, taste the last cup of water. If there is a vinegar taste, you’ll want to run another brew cycle with plain water. The vinegar flavor will do nothing good for your morning cup of coffee. Continue to brew with water until there is no longer any trace of the vinegar.
If you go through this process for cleaning a Keurig every three months or so, your Keurig should be serving you single cups of hot coffee for a long time to come.