How To Clean Your Keurig

How To Clean Your Keurig

I love coffee! I am so thankful for our Keurig! When we first got it, I only made ice coffee. I was not a hot coffee drinker. These days, I find myself making hot coffee! I did not start drinking coffee until I started working full time. Now that I am a stay at home mom, I still love my coffee.

To save money and the environment, we have a reusable K-Cup. This way, we can buy coffee in bulk.

I also use our Keurig to brew hot water for tea!

A few days ago, I read that we should be cleaning our Keurig every 3-6 months. We have had our Keurig for over two years and decided to clean it this weekend. Thankfully it only takes 15-20 minutes to clean.

Keurig side view beautybrite

All you need is white vinegar.

Here is how you can clean your Keurig in 3 Steps:

1. Remove all parts that can be removed. I washed the tray and inside where our K-Cups go. There are a lot of nooks and crannies. Clean as much as you can and keep cleaning as you see fit.

2. Add a splash of white vinegar to the water chamber and run several cycles.

3. After brewing a few cups of water and white vinegar, I poured the water out of the chamber and replaced with fresh water.

Inside Keurig beautybrite

I ran the Keurig a few more cycles to be sure.

Cleaning our Keurig is super easy and it will be worth it when you are done! The pipes will be clean and hopefully your coffee will taste a bit better!

Now that our Keurig is clean inside and out, our machine runs like new!

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  1. Good idea. Vinegar works so well with other cleaning. I’ve seen these get dirty. I’m sure not good for machine plus just gross.

    • I agree with using vinegar for many other uses for cleaning! I love that it is so versatile. I cannot imagine how dirty our Keurig was!!!

  2. When I had a Keurig it took me forever to figure out how to do this! This is going to be SUPER helpful to those who have a Keurig!

  3. I so need this right now. Can’t find the book for our Keurig since the tornado hit, we have so much still in storage totes even after 3 years. Hubby was just asking me how to do a good cleaning on it the other day and I couldn’t remember! :0)

  4. I do this to mine every 4 or 5 months but I use a whole lot more than a “splash” of vinegar. I follow the instructions in the book that I have that says FILL the water reservoir half way with white vinegar (no water) run as if brewing 2 cups of coffee (no coffee pods) let sit for 4 hours, run for another cup, then empty reservoir if any vinegar remains and fill with water. I run through all the water in the reservoir … no vinegar taste remains and my machine is clean and runs like new for months again. Oh and I make sure to clear the holes in the (behind and around) piercing needle. This isn’t in the manual but was told how to do this (carefully) by CS when my machine stopped working because the water holes were clogged with coffee grounds. I’m not sure if the second generation (keurig 2) have this problem or not. But yes my keurig is a godsend some days/mornings

    • Hi Kat,

      Thank you for your comment! 🙂 I don’t mind using a “splash” of vinegar. I use the same amount when I clean my makeup brushes. 🙂 I’m confident my machine and makeup tools get a thorough cleaning!

  5. if it runs slow or you do not get the right amount of water out of it then its clogged. to unclog it drain the water from it and take out the filter. then insert a turkey baster into the hole you see inside the water reservoir (while its atatched) and give the baster a few good squuezes. then rinse out the water reservoir and refill. the clog should be gone.

  6. Melissa Storms says

    I actually was just talking to my mom and she was trying to find the best way to clean her Keurig, I am going to pass this on to her.

  7. great to know! I have a Keurig. 🙂

  8. Debra Holloway says

    I currently do not own one of these machines, but I want one. This is some very helpful information for me.

  9. Excellent post! I never really feel like ours gets thoroughly clean.

  10. Great tips! I recently bought my Mama one of these so this is helpful. I don’t drink coffee so she will love this!

  11. Thank you for sharing. I would love to have one of these.

  12. tat2gurlzrock says

    We don’t have a Keurig but these are great tips!

  13. patty.wright says

    Thanks for the info

  14. joseph gersch says

    Seems like this cleans thouroughly, but is there a faster way?

  15. gloria patterson says

    guess I never though about needing to clean it……….. going to have to add that to the TO DO LIST

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