Not sure how to clean your Keurig coffee maker so it once again produces lip-smacking coffee? Here’s everything you should do.
Love it or hate it but you have to agree that pod coffee systems have carved a home in the morning beverage market. If you use this kind of coffee maker, you must know how important it is to maintain the system every morning or maybe all day-that depends on your coffee routine.
Does your coffee not tickle your taste buds like it did when you first bought your Keurig? Has your coffee lost the refreshing aroma? Well, it’s not the beans or your taste buds that are the problem but rather the machine itself.
But no, you don’t need a new Keurig coffee maker yet, you simply need to clean your machine because when you use it on a regular basis they can develop clogs that can cause the system to stop completely. Here are the different and quick cleaning methods to keep your machine running well.
Things you would require:
- White Vinegar
- A clean and dry cloth
- Unplug the machine: This step is very important and quite simple as well.
- Disassemble and wash removable parts: Detach all the removable parts such as the water reservoir and lid, and the K-cup holder. Wash them with warm soapy water and let them dry.
- Wipe machine surface: Take a clean and dry cloth and wipe the surface of the machine. Also, clean the area around the coffee pod holder as coffee and tea granules may collect there. Fix all the removable parts and plug in the machine.
- Take vinegar: To remove lime and scale build-up, white distilled vinegar is all you need and also it is very important to run the machine smoothly. Fill the water reservoir halfway with vinegar.
- Add water: Fill the remaining part of the reservoir with water.
- Run the machine: Without inserting the K-cup start the brew cycle. Keep doing it until the reservoir is empty, discard the mug contents after each brew. It is helpful in removing the lime and scale build-up. If you use the machine regularly, it is recommended to descale it at least every 3 to 6 months depending on your water source.
- Repeat rinse with water: Repeat the process using normal water in the reservoir to remove any residual vinegar taste.
Descale the coffee maker
One of the most effective ways to clean your machine and ensure long-lasting performance is to descale it every 2-3 months using vinegar or a descaler solution.
Descaling helps removes the grime and residue stuck on the interior of the coffee maker which in turn lowers brewing and heating efficiency.
- Fill the reservoir with about 300-500 ml vinegar depending on the size of your machine and start the brewing process.
- We’d suggest you use ceramic cups rather than K-Cups for the descaling process.
- Once you start the brewing process turn off the machine and let the vinegar rest in the brewer for about 20-25 minutes. Turn it back on and hit the ‘Brew” button again.
- Drain the hot vinegar down the sink.
- Once that’s complete perform another rinse using vinegar.
- This time when your equipment shows the ‘add water’ indication pause the brewing and let the vinegar rest in the machine for about 5-6 hours. Clear off the remaining hot vinegar once done.
- After the second rinse, clear off the vinegar residue by running the brewing process using clean hot water. Again, avoid using the K-Cup. Brew 3-4 times and then 2-3 times with cold water to get rid of the vinegar taste.
Descaling your Keurig with Vinegar
Why you need to deep clean your Keurig
If you have not cleaned your machine in a while, it is probably dirty like really dirty. Like any other appliance in your kitchen, the Keurig can also be full of bacteria, yeast, and mold if you don’t clean them properly.
Hot water is something which is not enough to decontaminate the machine, these harmful germs can build up to a point that it can actually make you sick.
Single-serve coffee machines such as Keurig are no exceptions. So after every few weeks, take some time to properly clean your coffee machine and also make it germ-free.
Few helpful Tips to Maintain your Keurig
- To lessen the build-up, use bottled or spring water when you brew rather than softened water or distilled water.
- Try to clean the entry and exit needles if your system is not performing properly.
- Forcing air through the waterline by using a straw can help dislodge debris