Day 130 – How to Clean a Keurig


I know this isn’t the most exciting or groundbreaking pin that I have tried, but it’s a necessary one for me. It’s very important that my coffee makers remain functioning. I would certainly be a zombie without them. I clean my regular coffee maker every few months by running white vinegar through it, but I’m not sure why I never thought to do the same with my Keurig. It’s a good thing I have Pinterest to remind me of such things.


Cleaning toothbrush
Pure white vinegar
All-purpose cleaner
Microfiber cloth


1.Unplug your machine and begin taking it apart. Remove the reservoir and lid (empty out the reservoir), the drip tray and drip tray cover, and the K Cup holder & funnel. This takes some work and be careful, there’s a sharp needle on the end of this!

2. These removable parts can be either placed in the dishwasher on the top rack, or soaked in a sink filled with hot water and about a teaspoon of dish liquid.  The lid for the reservoir should not be placed in the dishwasher.  There’s a note about this on the underside of the lid.  If you are soaking them, leave them in the sink for 15 minutes or so and then gently wipe the interiors with a rag or sponge. Rinse well and towel dry.

3. The actual unit is simple to clean. Most of it can be cleaned with a microfiber cloth and some all-purpose cleaner.  While the parts are washing or soaking, take your (clean) cleaning toothbrush and gently brush out any stuck coffee grinds in the K Cup holder.  If these aren’t removed, they’ll  eventually inhibit the machine from working properly. While you’re in there, use a damp cloth to remove any build-up from the K Cup holder. Finish the job off by wiping the exterior with a cloth and all-purpose cleaner. If you notice any lime scale deposits, soak a part of your cloth in white vinegar, apply it to the affected area and soak for a few moments, then wipe clean.  Finish up by taking all the washed parts and re-assembling the Keurig.

4. It’s now time to run the descaling brew. Fill your reservoir half way with white vinegar.  Brew several ‘beverages’ with no K cup in the holder to clean the reservoir and tubing until the vinegar runs out. The vinegar will break down the calcium deposits. When that’s done, remove the reservoir and rinse well. Refill it with water and run more brews of water through to rinse out the reservoir and tubing and get rid of any vinegar. When you don’t smell vinegar anymore, you know you’re in the clear. I think I ran mine 5 or 6 times just to make sure all the vinegar was gone. Vinegar in my coffee didn’t sound like something I wanted to try.

Like I said, I know this isn’t the most thrilling pin, but at least I know I’m keeping my Keurig in great working condition!

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2 Comments… Share your views

  1. One of the most important steps to cleaning your keurig is after you have ran the vinegar out and the machine is flashing at you to add water… leave the machine on and let it sit for 4-6 hours before you rinse. Vinegar is not fast acting and it needs that time to sit in the machine to break down any deposits.

  2. MAKE SURE YOU RINSE ALL OF THE VINEGAR OUT!!! If you don’t, your coffee will taste horrible, and will curdle creamer instantly!

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