If you have a Keurig coffee maker you’ve probably seen the descale alert displayed at one time or another. Descaling is important because it helps to remove mineral buildup from the coffee maker. The mineral buildup can cause coffee to taste bitter so it’s important to descale it every 3 to 6 months. One thing to keep in mind, is that bottled or distilled water works best for tidying up these machines, unlike softened or mineral water, which can erode or break down the components. Keep your coffee tasting fresh, prevent wear and tear, as well as sticky buttons.
A Quick Clean Keurig with Vinegar
Start by filling the water reservoir with white vinegar. You also want to check the very sharp needles inside the Keurig. They have holes in them to let the water through. Then, without a K-cup, brew the vinegar through the machine being sure to have a large mug to catch the brewed vinegar. Next, dump out the brewed vinegar and repeat the brew process until the reservoir is just about empty. You’ll see the brewed vinegar look clearer and clearer each time. Remove any leftover vinegar from the reservoir and add fresh, cold water. Finally, brew the cold water until there is no vinegar taste (4 or 5 times). After that, clean the inside. Using a sponge or cloth, with a little bit of soap and little cleaning brushes to get in between the little crevices, carefully clean the inside of the machine.
After your reservoir is nice, clean and descaled, focus on taking apart the inner pieces where the K-cup goes. Use Steam Machine’s smallest nozzle to get in there and steam clean the insides of that area. Place a coffee mug underneath to catch the water and what falls out as a result was fairly gross. The Steam Machine kills 99% of germs within your Keurig just by using the power of steam. This is the chemical free way to clean a Keurig. Don’t forget to wash any parts that come off with warm, soapy water. This includes the base of the machine which catches the excess coffee. It’s the perfect place for mold to grow.
A Quick Clean Keurig with Lemon Juice
You’d need a lot of lemons for extracting lemon juice so you can easily go with cleaning Keurig without vinegar by applying this method. Firstly, fix the keurig water reservoir with the machine. After attaching the water reservoir, fill it up with lemon juice and water by keeping the ration 1:1 in mind. Put a large-sized coffee mug on the drip tray. Make sure that there is no K-cup while brewing the cycle. After the water is run and the mug gets filled, clear it up.
Repeat the same process until the entire reservoir becomes void of water. In the end wash the machine enough times with the water until you get it cleared from the after taste of the lemon juice.
Keurig 2.0 Needle Maintenance
Cleaning exit needles on your Keurig 2.0 can help solve problems like brewing a partial cup or getting grounds in your cup. You can use needle maintenance tool for this job, but you can also easily clean Keurig 2.0 needles without a tool. If using Keurig 2.0 needle maintenance tool. Turn the brewer off, fill the silicone bulb with fresh water and place the accessory in the k-cup holder. Raise and lower the handle five times to loosen any coffee grounds in the entrance needle. Remove the accessory, turn the brewer on and run one cleansing brew.
Clean a Keurig with Keurig Descaling Solution
The process for this will vary depending on the specific Keurig you have and the directions are on the label. For instance, for full-sized Keurig 2.0 use the entire bottle of Keurig Descaling Solution along with a bottle of water for the first cycle. Then rinsed out the reservoir, refilled with water and run the cycle 12 times before once again rinsing the reservoir and adding fresh water. The water filter for Keurig 2.0 should be changed every 2 months or 60 tank refills. The water filter on Keurig 2.0 is located inside the water tank, on the valve at the bottom of the tank.
Any time you brew something besides coffee, such as cocoa, tea,or soup pods; run an extra cup of plain water immediately afterward. This will keep sugars and other materials from building up in the dispenser and slowing down your machine. Make these steps a habit and you will always have a coffee maker that’s in good shape and great tasting coffee.