How to Clean a Keurig Coffee Maker (The Right Way)

The great perk of having a single serve coffee maker is not having to do a daily setup of grinding coffee beans and wrangling filters. But many of us are guilty of skipping the cleaning process that's intended for a single-serve machine. Having a Keurig or any other single serve coffee maker does, in fact, limit the frequency of cleaning your machine compared to the traditional coffee maker. However, can you remember the last time you’ve clean your single-serve coffee maker?

Replacing your water filter cartridge (every 2 to 6 months

Replacing your water filter every two weeks (should this be months or weeks?) maintains the freshness and high quality of the coffee that is being brewed. Think of the cartridge as the coffee filter in a drip machine; buildup of mineral and deposits will only lessen the quality of coffee as well as reduce your machines lifespan.

What you need:

  1. New cartridge
  2. Water
  3. Soap

Directions

  1. Turn off your coffee machine, empty the water reservoir and remove the water filter
  2. Wash the water filter holder with soap and water
  3. Meanwhile, soak your new cartridge in fresh water for 5 minutes, then rinse for 60 seconds
  4. Insert the cartridge into the upper filter holder, and snap on the lid
  5. Now, place the filter back into your reservoir and lock it into place

Descaling your Coffee maker (every 3 to 6 months)

Descaling is essential for ensuring the consistent high-performance and high-brewing quality of the machine, ultimately this will extend the life of your coffee maker. It's recommended that you descale your coffee maker every 3 to 6 months.

What you need?

  1. Descaling Solution or 10 oz of White Vinegar
  2. Water

Directions

  1. Turn off your coffee machine, empty the water reservoir and remove the water filter
  2. Place the water reservoir back, pour the entire Descaling Solution into the water reservoir
  3. Refill the Descaling Solution bottle with water, and then pour into the water reservoir
  4. Turn the machine on, and place a large coffee mug on your drip tray
  5. Run a 10 oz brew, without any single-serve pods, then pour liquid contents down the drain
  6. Continue step 5 until the machine says 'no more water' then leave at a standstill for 30 minutes
  7. After 30 minutes, pour out the liquid from the water reservoir, and pour fresh water into the water reservoir
  8. Run a 10 oz brew, without any single-serve pods, then pour liquid contents down the drain
  9. Continue step 8 until the machine says 'no more water'
  10. Pour fresh water into the water reservoir
  11. Run a 10 oz brew, without any single-serve pods, then pour liquid contents down the drain
  12. Continue step 11 until the machine says 'no more water'
  13. Now, when you're ready you can brew a cup of coffee like normal

Cleaning your Keurig needle (as needed)

Seeing grounds in your K-cup holder indicates there may be coffee grounds stuck in the needles, which punch the entrance and exit points the water flows through.

What you need?

  1. Paperclip or Keurig 2.0 Needle Cleaning Tool
  2. Sponge

Directions

  1. Turn off your coffee machine, and remove the coffee grounds with a sponge
  2. Keurig recommends to carefully use a paperclip to clear away any debris lodged in the needles clogging before rinsing. However, for a Keurig 2.0, you can use the Keurig brewer maintenance accessory instead.
  3. Once the debris has been cleared, you are now ready to brew a cup of coffee as normal