If you don’t know how to clean Keurig Coffee maker machines, you aren’t going to enjoy yours for too long. All coffee makers need regular cleaning and maintenance in order to function for many years without problems. Your Keurig makes no exception, so let’s see what you need to do for cleaning and descaling it.
First of all, the frequency of cleaning operations depend on how much you use your machine. It is also closely related to the water hardness in your area of residence. The average user needs to clean their brewer twice or three times per year. If your local water is hard, you might need to clean it more often or buy a special filter to soften the water.
The first thing to do when attempting to clean your coffee maker is to remove the K-cup holder. You can rinse it under tap water or you can put it in the dishwasher. Be careful how you touch it, because it has a needle inside and you might get injured if you don’t pay attention. After rinsing or cleaning the K-cup holder, make sure the bottom holes are free of any debris.
Next, remove the drip-tray. This is usually very dirty, as it has lots of dried coffee marks on it. You have two choices: clean it under the water jet in the sink or toss it in the dishwasher with your dishes and kitchenware.
Check out the three holes on the upper part of the K-cup holder. If there’s any buildup, clean it carefully. You can use a toothpick or a needle for this operation. Don’t be afraid to clean the holes vigorously, as you can’t possibly break anything inside the machine.
Take a damp, soft cloth and clean all coffee grinds inside and around the cup holder, as well as on the front side of the machine. After that, put the K-cup holder back inside the brewer, making sure the arrows are aligned at its top.
Fill the tank with white vinegar and put it back into position. Run the brewer empty for four cycles. Don’t put any k-cup in it, as that’s not the point of running these cycles. After each cycle, throw away the hot vinegar. Everything in your kitchen will smell like vinegar, but it’s for a good cause.
Allow the coffee maker to stand by for four hours. The vinegar will act inside it, breaking down the buildup inside the tubes and nozzles. After four hours, remove the tank, throw away the rest of vinegar and refill the tank with clean water. Make sure you rinse it well.
Now you need to run as many empty cycles as needed until all the water in the tank has been used. This should be enough to get you rid of the vinegar smell inside the machine. If you still think it persists, run more cycles until you don’t feel any odor.
Congratulations! Now you know how to clean Keurig Coffee maker brewers, so go ahead and give yours the spring cleaning it has been waiting for so long.