If you own a Keurig, cleaning it on a regular basis is an important thing to do because it prevents bacteria and coffee residue from building up. Here is an easy way to clean your Keurig thoroughly and effectively. Before you begin to clean your Keurig you will need to have a ceramic cup or mug, dish soap, a damp cloth, and at least 48 ounces of white vinegar at your disposal. 

Step 1: Cleaning The Water Reservoir And Its Lid

Once you gather your materials, the first thing you want to do is to take off  the lid to the water reservoir and clean them both separately. To clean the lid and water reservoir make sure to do it by hand and use a damp cloth and dish soap. It is important to clean the water reservoir before proceeding with the process to ensure that you are starting of with the cleanest base possible.

Step 2: De-Scaling The Water Reservoir

Once the water reservoir has been cleaned you will proceed to de-scale the reservoir using the white vinegar. To do this place your ceramic cup or mug on the drip plate located on the bottom of the Keurig then simply pour the vinegar into the reservoir. Next and run a brew cycle until the “add water” symbol is indicated. When doing this step it is important to remember not to have a K-Cup in the holder, otherwise the de-scaling process can not be completed properly. The next part to this step is to let the vinegar sit in the reservoir for 4-6 hours to thoroughly remove any remaining bacteria and contaminants, and removing the vinegar from the reservoir.

Step 3: Removing The Vinegar From The Water Resovoir 

The next step is to rinse the water reservoir with water to remove any traces of the vinegar. In order to do this, first fill up the water reservoir with fresh water and  place your ceramic cup or mug on the drip plate of your Keurig. Next you have to run a brew cycle until the “add water” symbol is indicated. It is important to note that the longer you allow the vinegar to sit in the reservoir the longer it will take to get rid of the taste– you may need to complete more than one brew cycle in order to fully remove the vinegars taste. 

Step 4: Cleaning The K-cup Holder Thoroughly 

Cleaning the holder where the K-Cup goes is also an important step that many people forget to do. This can be separated into two parts; cleaning the funnel and cleaning the needle. Cleaning the K-Cup holder’s funnel is easier than cleaning the needle; to do so simply separate the holder from the funnel by twisting the funnel off of the holder. After doing this, place the funnel in the dishwasher or thoroughly wash it by hand. Cleaning the K-Cup’s needle can be a tricky process. To begin note that the needle is on the bottom of the K-Cup holder. To clear any clogs formed in the needle, use a paper clip to release any compacted coffee grounds.

Step 5: Cleaning The Drip Plate

The final step to clean your Keurig is cleaning the drip plate. In order to properly clean the drip plate you must separate the metal tray from the plastic container and clean each piece separately by using a damp cloth and dish soap.

Once you complete all five of these steps you can return to using your Keurig as you regularly would. These steps should be completed frequently to ensure that your Keurig is free of bacteria and coffee residue.