How Do I Clean My Keurig Coffee Machine?

How to Clean and Descale Your Keurig Coffee Machine

Coffee lovers know the convenience of a Keurig coffee machine. However, to ensure it continues to brew the perfect cup every time, regular cleaning and descaling are essential. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you maintain your Keurig.

How to regularly clean your Keurig

To keep your Keurig running smoothly, it’s recommended to clean it every week or after every 10 brews.

Here’s EXACTLY What You’ll Need:

  • Dawn Dishwashing Liquid Dish Soap

A gentle yet effective cleaner, Dawn dish soap can be used to clean the exterior and drip tray of your Keurig.

  • Scotch-Brite Scrub Sponges

For stubborn stains or coffee grounds, use a Scotch-Brite scrub sponge. It’s abrasive enough to clean without scratching.

  • Utopia Towels Dish Towels

After cleaning, wipe down your Keurig with a soft Utopia dish towel to prevent water spots and streaks.

How to descale your Keurig

Over time, minerals from water can build up in your machine, affecting its performance. Descaling should be done every 3-6 months.

What you’ll need:

A natural descaler, white vinegar can break down mineral deposits effectively.

  • Keurig Descaling Solution**

If you prefer a commercial solution, the Keurig Descaling Solution is specifically designed for this purpose.


1. Empty the water reservoir and remove the water filter.
2. Fill the reservoir halfway with white vinegar or Keurig Descaling Solution and the rest with water.
3. Run the machine without a K-cup until the reservoir is empty.
4. Rinse the reservoir thoroughly and fill it with fresh water.
5. Run the machine again to rinse out any remaining solution.

How to clean the needles in your Keurig

The needles can become clogged with coffee grounds or calcium deposits.

What you’ll need:

– A paperclip or Keurig needle cleaning tool.


1. Unplug the machine and open the top where you insert the K-cup.
2. Locate the needles and carefully insert the paperclip or cleaning tool to dislodge any debris.
3. Rinse with water and dry before using the machine again.

How to replace your water filter

A clean water filter ensures better tasting coffee and longer machine life.

What you’ll need:

– A new Keurig water filter.


1. Remove the old filter from the water reservoir.
2. Soak the new filter in water for 5 minutes.
3. Insert the new filter into the reservoir.
4. Fill the reservoir with water and run a few brew cycles to flush out any carbon particles.

Cleaning Tips & Advice

– Always unplug your Keurig before cleaning.
– Avoid using abrasive cleaners or tools that can scratch the machine.
– Regular maintenance can extend the life of your Keurig and ensure consistently delicious coffee.

With these steps, your Keurig will be in top shape, ready to brew the perfect cup every time. Enjoy!

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