So many studies have been conducted over the years since Keurig came into the marketplace. Many machines have been tested by various labs and have been found to contain mold and bacteria. Yuck!
So if you own a Keurig, you really should be cleaning it on a regular basis.
I’d like to share with you a quick and easy way to clean out the inner-workings of the machine. All you need is some white vinegar and time.
Let’s get started!
I’ll start by saying that I am the only coffee drinker in my household so I only have a single cupper without the water reservoir. This cleaning method can be used with those Keurigs as well, just empty all the water out before you begin.
First, fill your cup (or reservoir) with some of the vinegar. I run one cup at a time and I usually fill it almost full.
Run the vinegar through your Keurig just like you were making a cup of coffee with water, just don’t add a k-cup. When the vinegar runs into your mug, you’ll see all the goodies that were lurking inside!
I usually run several cups of fresh white vinegar through with each cleaning. With a few of those cups, I let the water “run” into the machine but wait to press the brew button.
That way the vinegar is “soaking” the innerds of the Keurig and loosening up that gunk. I let it sit like that for 5 – 10 minutes and then continue the brewing cycle.
With each cup of vinegar, you’ll see less and less debris left in your cup. I stop when my vinegar comes out pretty much clear.
To get rid of any lingering vinegar, and lessen the smell, I then run two to three cups of plain water through the machine.
Wipe down the outside of the Keurig, inside the k-cup holder, and the “needle” with a vinegar soaked rag. And you’re done!
I only brew two cups of coffee a day so I clean my Keurig about every other month. Of course if you use it much more often, or you have several different people using it, I’d clean it maybe monthly.
As you can see, there’s really nothing to it. Hopefully you found this quick tutorial helpful. If you have any additional tips to share, leave them below.