5 Simple Steps to Clean a Keurig Quick
Fresh-brewed coffee, what a wonderful aroma to smell when you wake up each morning! What a disappointment when you go to your Keurig machine to make a cup of your favorite coffee and get nothing but a few drips of coffee. You think your Keurig is broken, but wait maybe it’s not broken. This quick 15-minute process to clean your Keurig might make all the difference in how your Keurig performs.
I enjoy a cup of coffee every morning. Flavored coffees are my favorite. I also like to add creamer and whipped cream on top to make it extra fancy (it’s like having my favorite Starbucks coffee at home). My Keurig is the perfect machine to make “my cup” of coffee.
A few months ago, my Keurig started making some loud and strange sounds. Then, each time I used it, the cups of coffee would get smaller and smaller until one morning only a few drops came out (I’m not kidding – it was a few drops). I thought my Keurig had broke, but before I tossed it, I decided to try cleaning it. What success I had, now it works like new again.
Here are my 5 simple and easy steps to clean your Keurig machine with everyday items you already have at home. You will be surprised how easy this cleaning process is and you will be able to enjoy your favorite Keurig coffee again in just 15 minutes.
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5 Easy Steps to Clean A Keurig Machine
Before you start, gather the few cleaning items you will need. You will need the following tools: a paperclip, vinegar, paper towels and a coffee cup.
1. Start by Taking Your Keurig Apart
The first thing you should do is unplug the Keurig machine (you want to be absolutely safe). Next, you will need to remove the water compartment and drip pan. If your machine has any other removable parts, take those parts off on during this step too.
2. Wash All the Removable Parts
Wash the water compartment, drip pan and any other pieces with warm soapy water (you will want to minimize soap inside the water compartment). You want to be sure each piece is cleaned. Be sure to remove any build-up you see on these parts (be careful some of these parts are delicate).
If you use the re-useable pod (the pod where you add your own coffee), be sure to clean this pod and filter. I noticed the filter seems to get clogged if you don’t clean it carefully with warm water.
3. Clean the Needle
For this step, you will need to get a paperclip. Bend the paperclip so it looks like an “S”. Then bend one of the ends so it is straight (see the picture below).
Next, you will take the straightened end of the paperclip and poke it into the needle of your Keurig. Gently poke the tip of the paper clip into the needle to loosen all the build-up debris. I laid my Keurig on it’s side so I could easily access the needle (picture below).
4. Tip Your Keurig Over and Give It a Pat
Since you cannot reach the inside part of your Keurig to loosen the build-up inside, pick-up your Keurig and tip it upside (be sure you have all the removable parts set to the side). Then give the Keurig a few pats on the bottom. I know this step sounds a little on the silly side, but it seems to work.
Now, set the Keurig back on your counter and put it all back together.
5. Run a Full Cycle of Water & Vinegar To Complete the Cleaning
The last step to clean a Keurig is to fill the water holder with half water and half vinegar. Then run cups of hot water and vinegar through your Keurig until you completely empty the water holder. Because I wanted to be sure I rinsed all the vinegar and water before I made any coffee, I also filled the water holder again with just water and ran all the water through the system too.
After completing these 5 steps, your Keurig should be cleaned and ready to make perfect coffee again. This complete process should take about 15 minutes from start to finish. To keep your Keurig in optimal condition, it’s best to repeat this process every 2-3 months or if you hear any strange noises when the water is processing.
If you prefer, you can also purchase a cleaning and descaling kit.
Has your Keurig made “funny” noise recently or just not making great cups of coffee? What tips do you have to keep your Keurig working great?