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How To Clean A Keurig (With & Without Vinegar)


Our Keurig is the perfect, quick caffeine fix for many coffee lovers. But with daily use, it is not surprising that the machine begins to accumulate build-up, affecting the taste of our favorite drink. In this article, we’ll show you how to clean your Keurig (with… And Without vinegar.)

Word to the wise: Descaling your Keurig can take up to an hour – so be sure to have your first cup of coffee before starting the process!

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How to clean a Keurig with vinegar

How to clean a Keurig machine with and without vinegar

If you follow these steps and make sure you empty out all the vinegar – I promise your coffee will not taste like vinegar. To clean your Keurig with vinegar, follow these simple steps:

  1. Start by filling the water tank halfway with vinegar, then fill the rest of the tank with clean water.
  2. Start the brew cycle without Inserting the K-Cup. Turn on the machine, place the K-Cup (or bowl of your choice) in place, and run it through the brew cycle until the reservoir is empty. Bonus: Use hot cups of vinegar to clean your kitchen!
  3. Fill the tank again but only with water and continue running cycles until the smell of water or taste of vinegar disappears.
  4. Clean the tank with hot soapy water, rinse, dry and replace.
  5. Remove the drip tray, water tank cover, and K-cup holder and wash them in hot, soapy water. Rinse, dry, and replace.
  6. use Microfiber cloth And some mild dish soap to wipe down the outside of the Keurig and the inside parts you can’t remove, like the needle.
  7. You can also use a small cleaning brush to help clean hard-to-reach areas.
  8. Fill the water tank with clean fresh water, install a new water filter cartridge (if used), and you’re done!

Why use vinegar?

Cleaning your Keurig with vinegar offers several advantages. First, vinegar is effective in removing limescale, breaking down mineral deposits that build up over time from water, thus maintaining optimal machine performance.

Additionally, it helps remove any coffee or tea residue inside, ensuring the quality and taste of your drinks. Vinegar’s natural antibacterial properties contribute to disinfecting internal components, promoting a clean and healthy brewing environment.

Cost effectiveness is another advantage, as vinegar is an inexpensive household item compared to commercial descaling solutions. Moreover, it is an environmentally friendly option, lacking the harsh chemicals found in some cleaners.

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Be sure to rinse your Keurig well afterward to get rid of any remaining taste or odor. Regular cleaning with vinegar is a simple and practical way to maintain the performance of your Keurig and extend its life.

Why don’t you want to use vinegar?

Although vinegar is a widely used method for cleaning a Keurig machine, some individuals may choose alternative methods for specific considerations.

One common concern is the possibility of a residual vinegar odor or taste, even after a thorough rinse, which may affect the flavor of fermented beverages. People who are sensitive to strong odors may find the smell of vinegar offensive, prompting them to look for cleaning solutions with milder scents.

Additionally, the acidic nature of vinegar raises concerns about its long-term effect on certain materials, such as rubber or plastic components. I’ve cleaned our Keurig with vinegar and a descaling solution and have never had any issues, but it’s definitely something to keep in mind.

How to clean a Keurig without vinegar

Before we get started, we need to buy Descaling solution.

Keurig makes its own descaling solution Which has good reviews. Amazon It also sells a number of them. I use this. It’s not expensive, and you can get two full cleanings out of each bottle. Plus, it works with other coffee makers, not just the Keurig

Descaling solution for cleaning the Kerrig

When using any descaling solution, you should follow the exact instructions on the back of the bottle – each one may differ slightly. The trends I’m listing below are for This special descaling solution.

Read: The strange and effective way to clean oven racks.

How to clean a Keurig coffee maker

Below, we’ll outline the steps to clean your Keurig with this descaling solution.

  1. Remove the coffee capsule from the capsule holder, water filter, and empty the water reservoir/reservoir.
  2. Pour half the bottle Descaling solution In the empty tank. Then fill the rest of the tank with water.
  3. Run the largest cup brew cycle on your machine (without the coffee capsule) until the reservoir is empty or you get a low water signal. I use a large measuring cup to collect the brewing water.
  4. Let the Keurig sit for 30 minutes.
  5. Fill the tank to the top with water again and run it until it is empty. Then leave it for 30 minutes again.
  6. Repeat step 5.
  7. Remove the drip tray, water tank cover, and K-cup holder and wash them in hot, soapy water. Rinse, dry, and replace.
  8. use Microfiber cloth And some mild dish soap to wipe down the outside of the Keurig and the inside parts you can’t remove, like the needle.
  9. You can also use a small cleaning brush to help clean hard-to-reach areas.
  10. Fill the water tank with clean fresh water, install a new water filter cartridge (if used), and you’re done!

Why do we need cleaning and descaling?

Cleaning your Keurig has many benefits:

  • Extends the life of your coffee maker
  • It helps maintain the heating element as well as other internal parts
  • It removes calcium deposits, mineral buildup, and bacteria that may be present inside your washing machine, especially if you have hard water
  • Helps improve the taste of coffee.

Hard water It can leave a layer of minerals on your coffee machine parts. Calcium carbonate is one of these minerals. When hard water is used in the machine and evaporates, the calcium carbonate will stay behind and can cause the machine to clog and not work well. Plus, it can make your coffee taste kind of bad.

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It’s also worth noting that your Keurig will run better on distilled or filtered water, rather than tap water, without all the minerals that can cause buildup.

How often should you clean and descale your Keurig?

You should repeat the descaling process for your Keurig approximately every 3-4 months. I know it sounds gross, but I can always tell when my device needs cleaning. Coffee really tastes better after good descaling. If you use water filters with your Keurig, this is a good reminder. Every time you need to replace your filter – just clean your machine well first.

As you can see here, there are a number of important steps to ensure your Keurig machine continues to run smoothly and efficiently. Regular maintenance is key to ensuring you always enjoy a delicious cup of joe every time.

Furthermore, proper care of your Keurig can help extend its life and enhance its performance. So take the time to give your valuable Keurig device the attention and care it needs. You will truly appreciate the taste of a fresh cup of your favorite beverage.



How to Clean a Keurig (With and Without Vinegar)

Karen Sloan

Karen Sloan is the founder, editor, and syndicated content writer for www.decorhint.com. They offer glimpses of inspiration for everyday life, including home ideas, DIY projects and lifestyle content. Her work has appeared on Google News, MSN, Pioneer Woman, Apartment Therapy, Bustle, and more.



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