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How to Clean a Keurig Coffee Machine (Illustration Guide)

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The best start to any day is with a good cup of coffee. Keurig is the ultimate machine in coffee making and gives a beautiful aroma that puts a smile on every coffee lover’s face. If you want the best brewing experience, you cannot go wrong with Keurig. At some point, the Keurig coffee machine must be cleaned, and knowing how to will keep that gourmet cup fresh every morning.

Coffee leaves stains, and cleaning the Keurig coffee machine is essential if you want it to deliver the perfect brew every time. The Keurig coffee machine is designed so that all the relevant components can easily be removed and cleaned with a few easy steps.

You will notice a black ring if you look at your mug after your morning coffee. Coffee is sticky and stains. Because your Keurig coffee machine keeps those coffees coming, it will need cleaning just like your cup. Keurig coffee machine designs are easy to clean, and to assist you, follow these eleven steps:

How to Clean a Keurig Coffee Machine - Step 6: Clean Coffee Machine Housing

How to Clean a Keurig Coffee Machine

Materials

  • None

Tools

  • White vinegar
  • Dish soap
  • Toothbrush
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Microfiber cloth / Paper towels

Instructions

Step 1: Remove Reservoir, Reservoir Lid, Drip Tray, and Cover

How to Clean a Keurig Coffee Machine - Step 1: Remove Reservoir, Reservoir Lid, Drip Tray, and Cover

On the left side is the reservoir that needs to be removed. The reservoir works with a sliding motion, and taking it with both hands and pulling it upward should release the reservoir and slide out. Once you remove the reservoir, the lid easily clips off. If there is any water in the reservoir, now would be a good time to empty the reservoir.

You will find the drip tray on the bottom of the Keurig coffee machine. The drip tray is black with a perforated steel plate. Like the reservoir, the drip tray slides out to the top. Please be careful; some coffee may be left in the drip tray, and the leftover coffee may spill when you pull it out. After removing the drip tray, the perforated steel plate pulls out. If coffee is in the drip tray, empty it in the sink.

Step 2: Remove the Reservoir Filter

How to Clean a Keurig Coffee Machine - Step 2: Remove the Reservoir Filter

The Keurig coffee machine is designed so that if there are any small deposits or call in the water, the filter catches them so that it does not clog the machine or end up in your coffee.

The filter is inside the reservoir and should pop out by holding it with one hand to secure it and pulling the filter with your other hand. Once the filter is out of the reservoir, set it aside.

Step 3: Remove the K-Cup Holder and Funnel

How to Clean a Keurig Coffee Machine - Step 3: Remove the K-Cup Holder and Funnel

Flip the top lid of the Keurig coffee machine to reveal the K-Cup holder. The K-Cup holder is where the coffee, tea, or cappuccino capsule is placed.

Secure the K-Cup housing with one hand, gently pull the K-Cup holder, and funnel upwards out of the housing. Place the K-Cup holder and funnel in hot water with a bit of dish soap and let it soak for a while.

Step 4: Wash Machine Components

How to Clean a Keurig Coffee Machine - Step 4: Wash Machine Components

The Keurig coffee machine components are dishwasher safe. If you have a dishwasher, you can wash the reservoir, filter, drip tray, plate, K-Cup holder, and funnel in the dishwasher. You will have to use the sink if you do not have a dishwasher.

Place all the components in the sink with soap and warm water and let it soak for a while. Use the toothbrush for the spots that are hard to rich. After a good cleaning, rinse properly to remove the soap and let it dry.

Some Keurig models do not have a removable reservoir; if your Keurig reservoir is fixed, do not try to remove it and skip the step. If your Keurig coffee machine has a carafe or a frother, you can wash it in the dishwasher or the sink with the other components. Frothers generally hold milk and can leave a nasty smell, so give it a proper cleaning.

Step 5: Clean Assembly Housing

How to Clean a Keurig Coffee Machine - Step 5: Clean Assembly Housing

The assembly housing is where the K-Cup holder and funnel fit into. This part of the Keurig coffee machine will have leftover coffee grounds. Cleaning the assembly housing is where the toothbrush is handy. Hold the assembly housing with one hand to secure it, and use the toothbrush to get into all the small corners to get rid of any coffee grounds still stuck.

Step 6: Clean Coffee Machine Housing

How to Clean a Keurig Coffee Machine - Step 6: Clean Coffee Machine Housing

After all the work you have put into cleaning the components, it is time to bring the remaining Keurig coffee machine back to life. Take some paper towels with an all-purpose cleaner and wipe down the housing. Use the microfiber cloth to wipe it down and restore that shine to make your Keurig coffee machine look brand new.

Step 7: Remove Hard Water Buildup

How to Clean a Keurig Coffee Machine - Step 7: Remove Hard Water Buildup

The hard water buildup is something everyone struggles with, and your Keurig coffee machine may have hard water marks. Do not use a scour or steel wool to try and remove the hard water marks; it will cause more damage.

Hard water marks normally show up around the Drip Tray Base. To remove the hard water stains, soak a towel in white vinegar and place it over the hard water stain until it starts to break down. Once the hard water starts to break down, take soap and a cloth to clean the smell of the vinegar and shine it with the microfiber cloth.

Step 8: Descale and Sanitize the Machine

How to Clean a Keurig Coffee Machine - Step 8: Descale and Sanitize the Machine

When you clean the reservoir and filter, you may notice that it needs to be descaled. Do not try to remove the chalk with a scour or steel wool; it will scratch the reservoir, making it dull and difficult to clean in the future.

To descale and sanitize the Keurig, you must reassemble all the components you cleaned. Once the Keurig Coffee machine is reassembled, fill the reservoir with about 48 ounces of undiluted white vinegar, and disable the "Auto Off" features.

Step 9: Place Ceramic Mug for Descaling

How to Clean a Keurig Coffee Machine - Step 9: Place Ceramic Mug for Descaling

Place a large ceramic mug on the Drip Tray Plate to catch the vinegar that passes through the system to clean the machine during the descaling process. Push the brew cycle button below the LCD Control screen. Press the brew button, and do not use the K-Cup portion pack.

Step 10: Discard the Hot Vinegar

How to Clean a Keurig Coffee Machine - Step 10: Discard the Hot Vinegar

After pushing the brew button, the Keurig coffee machine will run the vinegar through the system into the mug. Once the mug is full, discard the hot vinegar into the sink.

Step 11: Repeat Descale Cycle

How to Clean a Keurig Coffee Machine - Step 11: Repeat Descale Cycle

After the ceramic mug is full and you discard the vinegar, place the ceramic mug on the drip tray and run another cycle until the LCD Control Center indicates "Add Water." Once the reservoir is empty, remove it and discard any leftover vinegar. Place the reservoir back on the machine and let it stand while still on for four hours.

Remove the reservoir and rinse it a few times with fresh water. Place the reservoir back on the machine and fill it with fresh water. Place the mug on the drip tray, push the brew button and repeat the process until the LCD Control Center indicates "Add Water." Remove the reservoir and dispose of any water still left inside. If there is any residual taste, repeat the rinsing process.

Your Keurig coffee machine should be clean, shiny, and ready for your next great cup.

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