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How To Clean a Keurig Coffee Maker

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Do you have a coffee maker at home that needs a deep clean? Here is how to clean a Keurig Coffee Maker so that it runs much smoother and makes your coffee taste great.

Most households these days have coffee makers, and if you’re a mom, coffee is the only way to get through a day with small children it seems. The more often you use your at-home coffee maker, the more buildup it gets, and then eventually it simply stops performing as well as it should.

Most at-home coffee makers can be cleaned the same way, however, you should check the manual for specific instructions. A lot of these coffee makers simply need to get taken apart for deep cleaning and the manual can help you put things back together. Many of the pieces of the Keurig coffee maker can be washed in the dishwasher once they are taken apart for cleaning, which does make the process simpler.

Just as it is important to take care of your laundry vents and sanitize your light switches often, maintaining your kitchen appliances is essential to their performance. Clean your coffee maker and have a productive morning.

Much like cleaning your laundry vents and polishing hardwood floors, maintaining your small kitchen appliances is essential to their well-being. So, take good care of your coffee maker. It is, after all, your lifeline to a productive morning.

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How Do You Know It’s Time To Clean The Keurig Coffee Maker

Many coffee makers have large water reservoirs which can hold water for long periods of time. Over time, there can be mold and mineral deposits in these containers, even if your coffee maker is of a different brand. Some signs that it is time to clean your coffee maker are:

  • It takes longer than for your coffee to get made
  • If your 8oz cup selection comes out as 4oz – half of what you normally get from one coffee pod.
  • If you see coffee grounds in your coffee cup after it has breId.
  • If you notice any smells that resemble mildew
  • If you notice any mineral buildup on the machine.

Mineral build-up happens when hard water settles on surfaces. If you live in a city that has hard water you might need to descale your coffee maker on a regular basis to keep it running smoothly.

How To Clean A Keurig Coffee Maker

Materials Needed

How To Clean The Keurig


Unplug your coffee maker before you start to clean it.

Take Apart

Remove the reservoir, reservoir lid, drip tray, drip tray cover, k cup holder, and funnel.

Wash The Parts

Wash the parts you took apart in the sink with soap and water and place them on a dishcloth or a drying dish rack to dry. Don’t forget to wash your reusable filters as well.

Wash The Machine

While your parts and pieces are drying, take a clean toothbrush and gently try to brush out any stuck-on coffee grinds and stains from the k-cup holder. Use a damp cloth to remove any stubborn coffee stains. If you notice any white hard water stains on the Keurig itself, well want to grab some vinegar and dampen your cloth with it to wipe that up.


To descale your Keurig, well want either white vinegar or descaling liquid to do the job. To descale your Keurig, reassemble the machine so that it is ready to use. Fill the reservoir with 4 cups of water and 1 cup of descaler, or as per your descaler instructions.

Run the machine until the reservoir is empty. Remove the reservoir and wash it out in the sink. Fill it back up with clean water and run it a few more times. If you are needing a descaler well want to make sure that all of it is gone from the machine before you start to use it again for your coffee. If you are needing vinegar, then you don’t have to be as diligent as the white vinegar will not harm you or the machine.

These are the simple steps you need to take to clean your Keurig coffee maker.

If you are looking for a manual that you can refer to before cleaning your coffee maker, here are the models you can look for:

Frequently Asked Questions For How To Clean A Keurig Coffee Maker

Do I need To Use Distilled Water For My Coffee

You do not need to use distilled water, however, distilled water will help your Keurig coffee maker stay in top operational mode as there will be no hard water deposits to clog it up. You can also use filtered water in your coffee maker.

Do I Need To Clean The Coffee Maker If I’m Going On Vacation?

If you are going on vacation, it is a good idea to leave the water reservoir completely empty and dry, and the machine unplugged.

Do I Need To Run Water Through The Coffee Maker If I Make Hot Chocolate?

If you make something that is sticky, you can run another cycle of plain water through the coffee maker to help get any stuck-on particles loosened off.

How Do You Clean The Inside Of The Keurig Coffee Maker?

You can wash the tank or reservoir with hot water and dish soap, just as you would regular dishes.

Do Keurig Coffee Makers Grow Mold?

Yes, they can grow mold and can make you very sick if they are not getting cleaned on a regular basis! Thank goodness you now know how to clean a Keurig coffee maker.

How Often Should I Clean My Keurig Coffee Maker?

The inside of your Keurig should be cleaned once every 3-6 months, depending on how heavily you use it. The outside of your coffee maker should be wiped down daily to keep it looking and performing well. You should be washing your tank on a weekly basis to prevent mold growth.

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