Keurig not working?
Keurig water not coming out?
Own a Keurig and wondering how to clean it?
A Keurig coffee maker offers major convenience and your mornings are never the same once you own one. Recently my Keurig stopped working. With my broken Keurig my mornings contained commutes to Starbucks. I almost threw out my Keurig. I’m glad I didn’t. It’s surprisingly easy to clean or descale a Keurig. Oh and it can be cleaned and fixed with vinegar!
While you might love your the Keurig gourmet coffee, do remember, keeping the pot clean inside and out is important. For one, it ensures you can keep the system brewing always, without any hiccups. Only K-Cups!
Keurig maintenance – How often should you clean your Keurig?
Good question. The deposits left inside the Keurig after using and reusing it can leave calcium deposits inside the pot affecting the taste of the coffee. The calcium deposits cause clogs that make the Keurig quit completely, or dispense little liquid. It’s a good idea to clean your Keurig coffee maker every three to six months.
The Keurig even has a sensor that can alert you when a lot of minerals has accumulated within the coffee machine (most models). The specific instructions on how to descale Keurig may vary from model to model. If you’re using the mini model, for instance, it is a little more difficult to clean compared to the other models.
The entire Keurig cleaning is going to take you around 45-60 minutes, so it’s a good idea to do this on a morning you don’t have to go to work or leave early.
Items you’ll need to clean your Keurig
- Undiluted white vinegar (12 – 16oz)
- Ceramic cups
- Clean water
- Sink & soap
- Replacement Keurig water filter (optional but suggested)
How to clean a Keurig
- Unplug the Keurig coffee machine and let it cool down before cleaning
- Clean the outside of the machine with a clean, damp, and nonabrasive cloth
- Slide the tray towards you to remove and wash with warm water
- Clean it with soap or on the top shelf of the dishwasher
- Remove the water tank of the machine
- Wash water tank with warm soapy water (Keurig lid not dishwasher safe)
- Drain the water from the Keurig
- Replace all the parts that have been cleaned
- Fill in the cleaned tank with distilled white vinegar (12oz)
- Fill in the cleaned tank with clean room temp water (12oz)
- Place a ceramic coffee cup on the drip tray (to catch liquid)
- Plug in the Keurig coffee machine and turn it on
- Dispense multiple brews of the vinegar cleaning solution (until water light turns on)
- Pour all dispensed vinegar cleaning solution into the sink
- Note: when brewing the vinegar solution you may see white foam (this is normal)
- Leave the Keurig turned on and leave alone for 30 minutes
- Fill the tank with clean water (you will need to repeat this step a few times)
- Brew the Keurig 12 – 14 times with fresh water (full brews)
- It’s also a good idea to replace the Keurig water filter
- Final step – Make and enjoy a coffee
Editor’s note: In addition to vinegar, the Keurig can also be cleaned using a Keurig descale solution. Follow the same above steps replacing the vinegar with Keurig descale solution. The descale solution costs around $12. So the vinegar Keurig cleaning solution will save you $10 and do a great job cleaning your Keurig.