How To Clean A Keurig

How to clean a Keurig coffee maker – The Easy Way

If you own a Keurig that means you are a coffee lover like me, I have a Keurig and I remember back then I was getting it all wrong while trying to clean my Keurig. It took some time to discover this secret I am about to share with you. 

In a bit, you will learn how to clean a Keurig and never have to worry about your coffee maker getting cloaked or fading away “in beauty”.

Most people can be lazy about cleaning their Keurig coffee maker, trust me guys, that machine can really get dirty and can also be a breeding place for harmful bacteria. 

If you are thinking about putting your Keurig in a dishwasher or throwing it in a sink filled with detergent, think again. Doing that can damage your coffee maker for good.

Without further Ado, here is my guide on how to clean Keurig coffee makers.

how to clean keurig coffee maker

How To Clean A Keurig Weekly

Is it right to descale a Keurig daily? I don’t think it is a good idea, however, you can try the weekly cleaning approach.

  1. Turn off the machine and allow it to cool if you just finished using it.
  2. Unplug the machine from the power outlet.
  3. Dismantle the K-cup holder, the water reservoir and mug tray.
  4. Use warm soapy water to clean the K-cup holder and mug tray.
  5. Use a damp soapy cloth to clean the surfaces of the lid and water reservoir.
  6. Rinse the lid and water reservoir with warm water and air dry.
  7. For the exterior part of the Keurig, wipe with a wet sponge and allow it to dry.
  8. After all the parts have dried up and there’s no trace of water, assemble the parts and plug-in for use or store for later use. 

How To Descale A Keurig

If you would want to go in-depth in cleaning your Keurig coffee maker, read this. Have you ever heard of descaling? Yes? Cool. No? Well, when water always goes into your Keurig coffee maker, there is a tendency that minerals like magnesium and calcium will accumulate as something called limescale. 

Descaling is the process of completely removing that limescale. Descaling Keurig isn’t difficult, you can descale Keurig with vinegar or some other amazing Keurig descaling solution.

Here’s my take on how to descale a Keurig.

For this you will need white vinegar, it can be gotten from most supermarkets in your area, if you want, you could also get one online.

how to descale a keurig


  • Clean water.
  • Dry Cloths.
  • White Vinegar.
  • Dish soap.


  1. Unplug the machine from the power outlet. 
  2. Dismantle the lid and water reservoir.
  3. Remove the K-cup holder and Mug stand.
  4. Using warm water and soap, wash all the parts you have removed then dry with clean dry cloths.
  5. Wipe the surface of the machine with a clean damp cloth.
  6. Mount all the parts you previously dismantled, from the water reservoir to the Mug stand.
  7. Plug-in the machine to a wall outlet.
  8. Fill the water reservoir with white vinegar (halfway), then top the remaining half with clean water.
  9. Without inserting a K-cup, place a mug in the machine and start brewing. 
  10. Repeat the brewing process until you have an empty reservoir. Get rid of the content after each brew cycle.
  11. Now, fill the water reservoir with clean water only and start the brewing process again. This will get rid of the vinegar taste.

How To Descale With Keurig Descaling Solution

This process isn’t as hard as it looks. For best use, you should refer to the user manual before trying to use a Keurig Descaling solution. The process is the same as the vinegar procedure. You’ll need to substitute the white vinegar with Keurig Descaling Solution.

So, pour in the amount of Keurig Descaling Solution into the water reservoir and follow the steps in the user manual.

Do’s and Don’ts Of Cleaning A Keurig

  • Don’t descale your Keurig every day. 
  • Do not put your Keurig inside a dishwasher.
  • Do not use harsh detergents or soap to clean your Keurig.
  • Don’t leave your Keurig uncleaned for a long period.


How much vinegar do I use to clean my Keurig?

You don’t need to get a lot of vinegar, just one bottle would be enough unless you want to use it for another purpose other than cleaning your Keurig coffee maker.

How do I clean the filter on my Keurig?

Simply dismantle the filter and rinse with warm water and soap. If the filter is made of steel you can try immersing the filter in a bowl of vinegar and giving it a nice shake, rinse with clean warm water afterward. Place the filter back in the Keurig and start brewing with only clean water, no coffee yet, after brewing for a while allow to dry.


Trust me guys, you’ll enjoy coffee way better when you brew with a clean Keurig. The process of cleaning or descaling a Keurig coffee maker is quite easy to follow. There are lots of unorthodox ways on how to clean a Keurig out there but this one is proven and tested by yours truly.

Try this method and thank me later. Thanks for stopping by.

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