STEP 1: Clean The Coffee Maker

Unplug the machine and remove the water filter if you have one.

Pro Tip: If your Keurig coffee maker has a water filter, change it every 2 to 3 months.

Wash all the removable parts of the coffee maker in warm soapy water, including the drip tray, water reservoir and lid, and the K cup holder. 

Rinse thoroughly.

Clean the piercing needle with the special Keurig tool and wipe the machine’s exterior with a damp cloth. 

Reassemble the machine with all the removable parts such as the drip tray, pod holder, leaving out the water filter.

STEP 2: Descale The Keurig

We recommend descaling every 3 to 6 months, or more, if the coffee machine is getting heavy use or your home has hard water (1).

Impurities in water, and use of harder waters, can result in calcification and buildup on interior components of your coffee machine that affect taste.

Lucky for you, we have a solution:

Pro Tip: To find out if your home’s water has high mineral content (hard), fill a clear container with water, add a few drops of soap, and shake vigorously. If it fails to get sudsy, then you probably have hard water.

Here’s a quick video:

How to clean Keurig with descaling solution

Pour the entire bottle of descaling solution into the reservoir, then add an equal amount of clean, fresh water.

Put the large mug under the spout, run a brew cycle, and discard the hot water. Repeat the process until the reservoir is empty.

Let the brewer stand for 30 minutes with the power on.

Remove the water reservoir and rinse it thoroughly, up to 10 times, to make sure no descaling solution remains. Reinstall the water reservoir and the water filter if you have one, and let them air dry.

How to clean Keurig with vinegar

Fill the reservoir with a 1:1 mixture of white vinegar and water. Then run brew cycles until it’s empty, as with the descaling solution.

Let the machine stand with the power on for 4 hours, rather than 30 minutes.

After rinsing the water reservoir thoroughly, refill it with fresh water and run brew cycles until it is empty. This extra step makes sure to get rid of any leftover vinegar taste or smell.