Coffee is the liquid antidote to an early morning. My morning cup of Cinnamon Pastry coffee (I know, you want one) would not be possible without my Keurig coffeemaker. My husband and I received our Keurig as a gift three years ago, and we’ve loved it ever since.
A Keurig, Tassimo, or Nespresso all get cleaned more or less the same way, but check your owner’s manual for specific instructions. While it might seem daunting at first to take apart all these pieces, it’s an easy process. Also, some of the parts are dishwasher safe, which makes our job even easier.
Required Products & Tools
- Dish liquid
- Cleaning toothbrush
- Microfiber cloth
- All-purpose cleaner
- Pure white vinegar
Always remember to unplug! Then, take the machine apart. Remove the reservoir and lid, drip tray and its cover, and the K-Cup holder and funnel (be careful—there’s a sharp needle attached to this!). These two pieces may be carefully separated, but I usually leave mine together for the cleaning process.
Wash Up Time
The reservoir, drip tray and its cover, and the holder and funnel may be washed in the dishwasher (note! Do not put the reservoir lid in the dishwasher). Alternately, place them in a sink filled with hot water and about 1 teaspoon of dish liquid. Let them soak 15 minutes, then rinse well and towel dry.
While the parts are washing or soaking, take a (clean) cleaning toothbrush and gently brush out any stuck coffee grinds in the K-Cup holder. While you’re in there, use a damp cloth to remove any build-up. Finish the job by wiping the exterior with a cloth dampened with all-purpose cleaner.
If you notice any limescale deposits (white crusty buildup), simply soak a part of your cloth in white vinegar, apply it to the affected area, and let soak for a few minutes. Wipe again and you’ll see the white marks disappear before your eyes. Finish up by re-assembling the Keurig.
White Vinegar Strikes Again
It is so important to descale, because limescale will build up on the heating elements and inside the machine’s tubing. But this part is easy—you just run a de-scaling brew. Nothing is more exciting than a steamy, hot cup o’ vinegar!
Fill the reservoir halfway with white vinegar. Brew “beverages” with no K-cup in the holder until the vinegar runs out, to clean the reservoir and tubing. The vinegar will break down the calcium deposits.
Remove the reservoir and rinse well, then refill it with water and run more beverages until the vinegar is flushed out completely. (You’ll know you’re done when there’s no more vinegar smell.)
That’s it—the straightforward and simple way to keep your Keurig machine clean and running.
3 More Things You Should Know!
If you are going away for over a week, don’t leave water in the reservoir. It’ll evaporate and leave mineral deposits behind that will clog the system.
If you brew something sticky like a hot chocolate or iced tea, run a cleansing brew of just water and no K-Cup after you’ve made your drink. This will rinse out any sugar crystals that would otherwise create a blockage.
Use distilled water. They suggest this because regular tap water contains calcium and other minerals that can leave deposits in the reservoir and machine over time. If you don’t use distilled water, you will have to clean it more often to keep it going strong.
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