How to Clean your Keurig

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How to Clean your Keurig

How to clean your Keurig is as simple as pouring vinegar into the water compartment and running it through. Yes, it is that simple! You should clean your keurig every 2-3 months to help descale it (remove any calcium deposits and hard water residue). If you are a coffee lover like me and are using your keurig everyday then you want to make sure to be cleaning it so you don’t wake up one morning and only you are brewing is half a cup (yes this has happened to me and I was grumpy that day). So to avoid this happening to you be sure to follow these easy tips to a clean keurig!

How to Clean your Keurig

How to clean your Keurig:

Start by putting white vinegar into the water compartment and fill it up to the top. Next keep brewing cups until the vinegar has run throughout the machine.

Next fill the water compartment with water to the top and run it through. I repeated this two more times for a total of 3 times to make sure all the vinegar had went through. I didn’t want to have any funny tasting coffee.

Finally I took the little black holder that holds the k-cups out and took the two parts apart. They are dishwasher safe, so they are easy to clean. That keeps the bottom piercing needle clean. I also poked a straight pin in the top needle that comes down to pierce the k-cup to unclog it from any grounds.

So the next time your machine is running a bit slow, only filling cups halfway then be sure to clean it! You will be a happy coffee lover just like me!

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  1. Not only do I do the water and vinegar thing, I take the little black holder that holds the k-cups out, and take the two parts apart. They’re dishwasher safe, so they’re easy to clean. That keeps the bottom piercing needle clean. I also poke a pin in the top needle that comes down to pierce the k-cup. I swirl it around a bit to unclog it from any grounds. I’ve had my Keurig since August and have had to do this quite often to keep it running well and to avoid partial cups of coffee when I’m expecting a full mug.

  2. Maralea says:

    Thanks for the reminder to clean mine! I try to do it about every 3 months.

  3. it takes me almost an hour to clean mine…I run the straight water through about 6-7 times. I have an older model…it will be 4 years old in December. Maybe that’s why?

  4. Are you supposed to fill the whole compartment with vinegar? If not, how much vinegar vs water am I supposed to put in there? Thanks!

  5. So what do I do if it won’t run? I’ve owned my Keurig for ~4yrs but only used it a few times a month and then it stopped working almost a year ago. I’m close to getting rid of it but there must be some way to save it. Please help!

  6. Peggy Jebavy says:

    Thanks so much! I have been wanting to know ho to do this!

  7. Lorie Anderson says:

    Thanks for reminder! I use Brita filtered water for brewing coffee – I think it helps lengthen time between cleanings. Have not had to clean it as often and have had my kuerig for couple years. Love it !!

  8. Hello Melissa – the coffee maker rumbles a little but doesn’t go thru a cycle. That’s why I can’t clean it with the method you gave. It must be really clogged up. Maybe it’s time for a new one. :(

  9. Use this same method for cleaning your kettle, any coffee maker, washing machine, dishwasher, iron, and anything else that “holds” water

  10. I have had mine for 3 years now, and it works as if it was brand new. One thing I do is to use bottled water in the resevoir instead of the filtered water from the fridge because is has to much calcium in it, and it builds up in the Keurig.

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