How To Clean A Keurig
I’m a little too excited to write this article on how to clean a keurig. Now I must admit, I don’t currently own a Keurig but that is not as important as the information that I have to share with you about cleaning your keurig.
You see, I’ve been drinking coffee for as long as I can remember. For about twenty years to be exact. And it doesn’t matter what kind of coffee you drink, the type of coffee maker you choose to make your coffee with, or whether of not you make coffee at home.
The fact is, great coffee is here to stay and for many people it has become a way of life. Some people won’t start their day until after they have had at least a cup of coffee, others will drink it throughout the day, and some have it as a backdrop to a great date. Some people drink it to unwind after a busy day (yes, some people drink coffee at night before bed and sleep like babies).
No matter your reason or flavor, whether you like it hot off or cold, day or night, most of us can agree that if the world was void of coffee, life would be quite different … maybe like in slow motion
So the reason for this article is to talk about how to clean a keurig. In this article I will give you three options for cleaning a keurig. And keep in mind that if you have any other coffee maker, such as a Tassimo, Bunn, or Cuisinart, you can also use these methods as well.
Cleaning Keurig Manually
So the first method to cleaning a keurig manually is making sure that you have all the necessary cleaning utensils needed for the job. You will need a cleaning toothbrush, white vinegar, all purpose cleaner, dish washing liquid, and a microfiber cloth.
You will begin by taking apart the reservoir and and the lid. Additionally, you will want to remove the k-cup holder and then the funnel. Keep in mind that the funnel and the k cup needs to be separated. You will want to be very careful here, as there is a sharp blade inside the k-cup. The drip tray and cover needs to be removed as well.
Inside of the drip tray, you will find some additional instructions that Keurig gives on how to clean your keurig. So you can follow those as well. If you don’t want to wash the reservoir by hand, it is dishwasher safe. And so is the drip tray and cover and the k cup
holder and funnel.
So while these parts are being washed in the dishwasher or sink, if you are without a dishwasher (use warm soapy water), you can clean the actual coffee machine with your microfiber towel, all purpose cleaner and toothbrush.
Take that toothbrush .. and no … not the one you use to brush your teeth with. Open your Keurig and brush out any excessive coffee grind and or grit. Once you have done that to your satisfaction, use the cloth and the all-purpose cleaner to wipe down the coffee machine.
If you find that your coffee machine has a white crusty like buildup around the part where the reservoir sits, use your cloth with the white vinegar to wipe around the buildup, which will remove it magically.
Once you’re done and you have a clean coffee machine, put all the parts back together and run a descaling brew. Basically, you fill up the reservoir about half way and then run your coffee machine through a brew cycle with nothing in it.
All that should come out of the coffee machine will be hot vinegar… and maybe your toothbrush if you forgot to take it out Once you go through the vinegar in the reservoir, fill the reservoir with water and run through all the water brews to remove the vinegar
residue fron your Keurig.
And finally, you are ready to brew a cup of coffee, or two, or three … As a final tip or two to cleaning a Keurig, when possible use distilled water as opposed to regular tap water. This will reduce calcium buildup in your coffee maker.
Also, whenever you brew anything other than coffee in your coffee machine such as hot chocolate, do a regular water only brew through your k-cup without anything in it to clean out any left over liquids that could possibly buildup. And remember to not let liquids sit in
the reservoir longer than a day. This will go a long way in cutting down on you cleaning and descaling a keurig.
Cleaning a keurig is so important because if you want to continue to have great tasting coffee, cleaning your coffee machine is paramount. Don’t be like me and never clean your coffee or espresso machine. I would just throw mine out and get another one when it got
too dirty. Not a good thing because at some point, I was drinking dirty coffee and wasting money at the same time.
Cleaning your keurig is really a simple process but if this sounds a bit too time consuming for you, I have good news.
Descaling Solution For Keurig
Did you know that there is a Keurig descaling solution that you can use to clean your Keurig? You can buy it cheap on Amazon and through this process, cut down the time it takes to clean a keurig. Also, you can get your k-cups for a great price on Amazon too.
These allow you to brew your own coffee grounds. You can also clean these, as you run the vinegar and hot water through the manual descaling phase of cleaning your coffee machine, like we discussed in the example above. However, with this particular method of using the Keurig descaling solution, the entire process is cut down and you will only need to repeat this process every 3 month to 6 months.
Let’s begin …
You will need a full bottle of Keurig descaling solution. A mug that holds at least 10 ounces of water, a sink near by and a timer.
This is how to process will look:
1. First Descaling solution rinse
2. Second Descaling solution rinse
3. Fresh water rinse
Total time: 45 minutes (30 minutes of which is waiting time).
Unplug the machine and empty the reservoir of any liquids already in it. Pour the entire bottle of Keurig descaling solution in the reservoir. Then pour water into the empty Keurig bottle and pour it into the reservoir as well.
Next, place your seramic mug on top of the drip tray plate and run a cleansing brew at the 10 ounce brew size. Remember not to use a brew pack. When the mug, is full pour it down the sink and repeat the steps until the machine instructs you to add water.
At this point, you want to allow the brewer to stand on for 30 minutes. After the 30 minutes, discard any water and solution in the reservoir down the sink. Thoroughly rinse the reservoir with clean water and replace it back onto the coffee machine.
Lastly, fill the reservoir with fresh clean water being careful not to go beyond the max fill line. Run a cleansing brew at the 10 ounce size without using a brew pack. Pour contents down the sink and repeat the cleansing process until you have completed 12 brews using the 10 ounce size. If you need to refill the reservoir with more water to complete the process, then do it .. your life depends on it!
Next … coffee please?!!
If you don’t want to throw your coffee machine away, but you need to clean it in order to use it, you can either try it the manual way with toothbrush and all or get the Keurig descaling solution and make this process simpler.
And by all means, don’t wait until you get that message via your Keruig that it needs cleaning, before you are prepared. You really don’t want to be left coffeeless because you didn’t make time, have time, or the necessary equipment to clean a keurig.
The solution is really the way to go here as it’s faster, cheap, and it’s made to clean the Keurig. So stock up today so that you won’t be sorry tomorrow.
Join the Keurig revolution …