Best Way to Descale & Clean Your Keurig Coffee Maker – Follow These Easy Steps!
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If you’re wondering how to clean a Keurig coffee maker, wonder no more; here’s how to descale a Keurig!
Time to clean your Keurig?
We’re bringing you an easy and simple step-by-step guide on how to clean your Keurig! It’s recommended to clean and descale your Keurig coffee maker every 3-6 months in order to ensure it continues to brew the best cup of coffee possible.
If you continue to put it off, calcium deposits and scale starts to build up, making it almost impossible for the machine to work long-term, so let’s discuss how to avoid this! We’re discussing the best way to descale your Keurig.
The good news is, cleaning and descaling a Keurig is pretty EASY!
One of the most simple ways to clean and descale a Keurig machine is running inexpensive distilled white vinegar through it.
I love using white vinegar around the house for many cleaning tactics. Some other useful tips for cleaning with white vinegar include cleaning your dishwasher; simply pour a cup into an empty dishwasher and let it run. You could also steam your microwaves with some or put some in a baggie and clean your shower head.
This way of cleaning my Keurig is a great use for inexpensive white vinegar. 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 of times a year.
Important Note: Keurig.com recommends purchasing their Keurig descaling solution as the very BEST method to clean the Keurig. 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 here is how to clean Keurig with vinegar:
Step 1: Prep the Keurig for cleaning.
Make sure the machine is off, and no pods are in the chamber. 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.
Hip Tip: Use that hot white vinegar to clean your sink! Put some baking soda in your sink drain to clean your drain pipes as well.
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 the 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.
This step is the MOST important. 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 with a squeaky clean Keurig coffee machine!
Enjoy the freshest cup of coffee with your newly cleaned Keurig machine! ☕️
Thank you! Just did mine, now to let it sit. I also just ordered some water filter pods on Amazon. Never knew I was suppose to be changing those either. Lol.
Oh nice! Glad this is helpful!
Thanks Lina! I’ll do it tomorrow after my morning cup of coffee. I love your tips and recipes. Chubb Rub is still my favorite tip…..LOL
LOL that made me laugh. And I am so glad! Thanks Christine!