Although the coffee connoisseurs out there may dislike Keurig coffee makers, they’re undeniably simple to use and convenient.
With the coffee industry on the rise, many households today have a coffee maker. Chances are, if you’re reading this article you’ll have one too. But are you cleaning it as much as you should?
We’ve put together this easy to follow guide to help you look after you’re Keurig on the regular.
Once you have your Keurig cleaned, you’re probably going to need some coffee to brew. Check out these articles to help you decide which coffee to treat yourself to:
- The Best Dark Roast K Cups
- The Best Colombian Coffee Beans
- If you’re fancying some sweet treats, consider some flavoured K Cups
- Also, using a reusable K Cup has all sorts of benefits
Why do I need to descale my Keurig?
I get it’s an annoying task to do, but if you care about the quality of your brew, then it’s 100% worth doing. Limescale build up is the nemesis of a lot of kitchen appliances, including kettles, irons and of course coffee makers. This can lead to an unpleasant tasting brew, and problems with your Keurig.
Keurig’s are super reliable and generally last a very long time. If you clean your machine, and carefully maintain it, you can extend the lifespan by a considerable amount. So in the long run, giving your Keurig the once over every week is probably going to keep money in your pocket.
Many Keurigs today come with a descaling reminder so you don’t forget to do this important yet laborious task. Luckily Keurig have created easier and more convenient ways to maintain your coffee maker.
How often should I clean my Keurig?
If you really don’t have time, or your Keurig doesn’t get used many times each day, then you can probably get away with cleaning the exterior once a week.
To be honest you should probably try to do it at the end of every day. Nothing too over the top, but just a quick clean. Things like emptying the drip tray so it doesn’t get smelly, and wiping down the surface around where your Keurig sits.
The water reservoir and pod holder should get a weekly clean. Just a rub with a warm, soapy cloth to get rid of any left over coffee or unwanted bacteria.
Descaling should get done every three to six months. Normally the Keurig will remind you, but if not just mark a week on a calendar for when it needs doing.
If you’re coffee maker starts acting up before you get to this date, like the brewing process becomes slower, your cup doesn’t fill up all the way, or the coffee stream isn’t consistent, then it’s time to give it a good clean.
How to clean your Keurig every week
Ideally every week you want to be cleaning all the removable parts. This is going to prevent any bacteria from building up to levels that are going to make you ill. Plus keep the quality of your brew consistently high.
Here’s how you should go about doing it:
- Turn off and unplug your Keurig
- Fill up your sink with hot, soapy water
- Remove the water reservoir (if possible), lid, drip tray and K Cup holder
- Clean the K Cup holder and the drip tray in the soapy water
- Wipe the water reservoir and lid with a damp, soapy cloth.
- Rinse and let all parts air dry. You don’t want to use a towel as this can leave behind bits of material you don’t want in your coffee.
- Wipe down the exterior surface with a wet sponge.
- Replace all the parts you removed and plug the machine back in.
How to change the water filter cartridge
Every two months or so, you’re going to want to change the water filter cartridge to keep your coffee smelling and tasting fresh. It’s super simple and shouldn’t take you more than 5 minutes of work.
- Firstly, you want to soak the new cartridge in water for five minutes or so, before giving it a rinse under the tap for a further minute
- Then you want to give the mesh of the lower filter holder a wash.
- Insert the new, rinsed cartridge into the upper filter holder, and put on the lid.
- Lastly, put it back into your reservoir and lock into place.
Super simple, super easy, and you’ll notice the difference in the freshness of your brew.
How to descale your Keurig every three to six months
It’s important to descale your Keurig to remove all the hard water minerals that can build up over time. It’s pretty easy to do, and you don’t have to do it often.
- Begin by turning off your Keurig, and emptying the water reservoir (also remove water filter)
- Pour the Keurig Descaling Solution into the reservoir. Fill the now empty bottle with fresh water and add to the reservoir too. (if you don’t have the Keurig solution, you can use 10oz of white vinegar instead)
- Start the brew cycle without a K Cup and let the Keurig run as normal. Make sure you place a mug underneath to catch the liquid.
- Repeat this process until all the liquid in the water reservoir has been used.
- Finally, fill up the water reservoir with 10oz of fresh water, and run all of it through your Keurig. The aim is to remove any excess solution or vinegar out of the internal system.
- Brew a coffee!
To make sure that vinegar/chemical taste has been removed from your Keurig, you can also add a tablespoon of baking soda to the fresh water when you’re on your rinsing stage.
It’s that easy. Yes it might take you a little bit of time, but it’s only three or four times a year, and the pay off with a great tasting coffee is worth it.
How to prevent scale build up
Scale often builds up because we use tap water. Keurig advises that we use bottled or filtered water in our brewer to help reduce the limescale problems we can face.
Bottled water is a pricey alternative to tap water. If you have the budget, by all means go for it. However, you can buy a decent water filter that you can run your tap water through. Something like a charcoal water filter is going to remove a lot of those minerals that can build up in your Keurig.
Doing this will probably help your Keurigs life span. Plus you won’t have to spend your time descaling it as often.
So you don’t have to crawl through the internet to find all the things you need to clean your coffee maker, Keurig has an all in one kit. It comes with:
- 1 descaling solution
- 2 water filter cartridge refills
- 4 Keurig rinse pods
It’s compatible with Keurig Classic/1.0 and 2.0 Keurig coffee makers.