The Most Effective Way to Clean Your Keurig

Learn how to descale a Keurig with vinegar and without vinegar.

My husband and I love our Keurig for convenient coffee breaks whenever one of us needs one. However, just like with regular coffee makers, your Keurig needs some tender love and care once every few months to make sure it keeps delivering great tasting coffee to your mugs.

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Luckily, there’s a pretty simple method for cleaning your Keurig, and you only need to do it once in a while. Just grab some regular white distilled vinegar and follow these instructions.

DESCALE METHOD #1: HOW TO CLEAN A KEURIG WITHOUT VINEGAR

It’s also much faster than the vinegar method. It can be done in 45 minutes opposed to 4 hours with the vinegar method (method #2 see below). Here’s the steps we used to descale the Keurig without vinegar.

NOTE: If your looking how to descale Keurig 2.0 , then these instructions will work. They also work with older Keurig models.

TIME: 45 MINUTES
HOW OFTEN: EVERY 3-6 MONTHS
MATERIALS:
  • Keurig descale solution
  • a Mug
  • Access to a sink
STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO CLEAN A KEURIG WITHOUT VINEGAR

1: Unplug the Keurig and then remove the water reservoir. Remove the water filter from the reservoir (if you have one)

2: Remove all water from the reservoir

3: Place the empty reservoir back into the Keurig

4: Empty the entire bottle of the Keurig descale solution into the reservoir

5: Fill the empty bottle with cool fresh water and add that into the reservoir. So the final solution in the reservoir is 1 part Keurig solution and 1 part water.

6 Open the Keurig where you add in your coffee pods. Remove the coffee pod holder from the Keurig. Close it.

7: Turn the Keurig machine ON

8: Run a coffee cycle on your brewer using the largest cup size button (if you have one)

9: Once the cycle is donedump the hot solution from the mug into the sink

10: Repeat steps 8 and 9 until the “add water” indicator turns on.

11: Let your brewer stand for 30 minutes with the power ON

12: After 30 minutes, remove the water reservoir, empty any remaining solution, and thoroughly rinse with water.

13: Fill the reservoir with fresh water up to the max fill line. Place it back onto your Keurig

14: This step is very important so that your coffee doesn’t have a weird taste to it and properly flush out any solution from the inner tubes.

Run additional coffee cycles with the fresh water. The official Keurig instructions say run about 12 coffee cycles(largest cup size button), but we found that 8 cycles completely removed any of the remaining solution.

15: Congrats, you did it! Now you can enjoy your favorite Keurig Coffee with your newly cleaned Keurig Coffee Brewer.

For whatever reason , if your coffee still tastes a bit “off”,repeat step 13-14 one more time or until the taste is gone.

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