Proper cleaning is critical to keeping your Keurig functioning at it’s highest level. As a fellow coffee addict, I rely on my Keurig to do it’s job multiple times a day, and if I don’t get that needed coffee fix, I suffer (everyone around me does too) :). The majority of us are on city water, which goes through multiple treatment processes prior to reaching our taps. Although the water in the U.S. is extremely safe, we can encounter issues related to this process in altering the Hardness or Softness of the water. These treatment process can cause scaling, which is caused by dissolved Calcium and Magnesium Salts. This build-up can wreak havoc on our everyday appliances, plumbing, and yes, our Keurig!  This article will help you to avoid any Keurig downtime and allow your brewing machine to keep pumping out those glorious beverages of your choice.

Items Needed:

  • 1 Gallon of Vinegar (White or Cleaning)
  • Water
  • Butter Knife
  • Paper Towels or Cloth
  1. Begin by removing the K-Cup Holder parts. Be careful as there are sharp needles in the bottom to puncture the K-Cup
  2. Once the K-Cup holder is removed, take a small piece of paper towel, dampen, and place on the tip of the butter knife. Then wipe around all of the hard to reach places to remove the coffee grain build-up. Repeat as needed.
  3. Wash the removed K-Cup Holder with Palmolive or any other dish soap of your choice, be careful to avoid the needle in the bottom of the holder!
  4. Place 1/2 Gallon of Vinegar and 1/2 Gallon of Water into the reservoir.
  5. Run the Keurig machine to cycle the vinegar and water solution through the pump and lines.
  6. Repeat until the reservoir has been emptied out.
  7. Fill reservoir with water.
  8. Insert K-Cup Holder back into machine
  9. Ready to brew!

That’s easy enough, right? Keurig’s are wonderful, fortuitous appliances, and with a little basic upkeep they should continue to brew your favorite K-Cup for many years to come.

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