Best Way to Clean Your Keurig Coffee Maker (Just Follow These Easy Steps)
Own a Keurig Coffee Maker? Wondering how to clean your Keurig?
Descaling and cleaning your Keurig coffee maker every 3-6 months is recommended to keep it working properly and to make sure it brews the best cup of coffee possible. After a while, calcium deposits and scale can build-up and make it hard or impossible for the machine to work long-term.
The good news is, cleaning and descaling a Keurig is pretty EASY!
One of the most simple ways to clean a Keurig is running inexpensive distilled white vinegar through the machine to descale it. I love using white vinegar around the house, and this is a great use for it. I have descaled my Keurig coffee maker for years using this method and can vouch that it has worked well for me.
My Keurig Elite gets used daily for brewing coffee and I try to remember to deep clean it at least a couple times a year.
Important Note: Keurig.com recommends purchasing their Keurig descaling solution as the very BEST method to clean the Keurig, but also lists these specific directions for descaling using white vinegar. The Keurig solution is odorless, so I can see that being a benefit if you are sensitive to the smell of vinegar.
Follow these simple directions to descale and clean a Keurig using white vinegar:
Step 1: Prep the Keurig for cleaning.
Make sure the machine is off, no pods are in the chamber, and remove the filter from inside the water reservoir.
Step 2: Pour in the vinegar.
Pour distilled white vinegar into the reservoir all the way to the top where the max fill line is.
Step 3: Run the Keurig brewer.
Move the Keurig by the kitchen sink and turn it on. Do a cleansing brew on the largest cup setting using a large coffee mug and pour it out in the sink. Repeat that process until the “add water” light comes on.
Step 4: Let the remaining vinegar stand for 4 hours.
Let the brewer stand for 4 hours with the Keurig on so the vinegar can do its magic in the lines.
Step 5: Remove Keurig reservoir and rinse.
After the 4 hours are over, remove the water reservoir and rinse it out completely in the sink with clean water.
Step 6: Run some rinsing cycles.
Fill the reservoir with clean water from the sink and place it back on the machine. Do the cleansing brew process again for multiple brewing cycles until no vinegar taste is present. You may need to refill the water again and continue.
Step 7: Finish the process by cleaning the rest of the Keurig machine parts.
It’s also a great idea to take apart the removable components of your Keurig every once in a while and clean them with hot soapy water, such as the water reservoir and its lid, drip tray, and drip tray plate. I usually just let mine air dry using my kitchen sink mat, and then place it back on the machine.
Then you’ll want to wash the outside of the machine with a clean damp dishcloth and you’re all set to go!
Enjoy the freshest cup of coffee with your newly cleaned Keurig machine! ☕️