Cleaning a Keurig doesn't have to be an involved process. It's honestly easier then you think and it will keep your coffee tasting great!
There are many things that you’re able to make with a Keurig machine. Those little k-cups come in so many flavors and varieties of hot beverage options that one could go broke collecting all of the options.
From hot cocoa to tea, to coffee and everything in between, the Keurig machine offers you a variety of hot beverage options regardless of what your preference is. While the Keurig does make life easier, it’s also a machine and it needs to be cleaned.
How often should I clean it?
Since you use your Keurig to serve hot beverages to yourself, guests, and family, you must know the best way to clean a Keurig. Keeping your Keurig clean will ensure many years of use and make sure each hot beverage you make has the best flavor.
It’s recommended that you clean your Keurig at least once every 3-6 months. This will help you keep the slime and calcium deposits from building up. Some of the Keurig models have a descale button, which easily cleans your Keurig and removes build-up to ensure maximum flavor all the while enjoying a safe hot beverage anytime you want.
What is the best way to clean it?
If you have a Keurig model that includes the descaling button then the best way to clean a Keurig would be to utilize this option. Since calcium deposits are non-toxic, it’s not going to kill you if you allow them to build up. The problem is that it can hinder the results of your hot beverage flavor and make it more difficult for your Keurig to last for a longer duration.
Using the Keurig model that offers to descale is easy. There is a descaling solution that you can purchase to descale your Keurig. You’ll use this solution with the descaling button and let the machine do the hard work. This process should be done every 3-6 months for maximum performance and longevity of your Keurig.
In addition to fully cleaning your Keurig with the descaling option, you’ll want to wipe down the water reservoir at least once per week with a damp cloth. Allow the Keurig water reservoir to fully dry before attaching to your Keurig machine. This will keep the water from building up any materials or such that will take away from the flavor and value of the water you use in your Keurig machine.
Can I use tap water?
This brings me to another question; can you use tap water in your Keurig? Yes, you can use any water in the machine that you wish. I would recommend you use filtered water more so than tap water to ensure you’re getting the best flavor.
Most tap water has added items in it which can increase the risk of mildew buildup, calcium buildup and other things we simply don’t want to have in our Keurig machine nor cup of coffee. I recommend using filtered water from your local grocery store or tap water that has a filtered water addition on it. This will help you enjoy a fresh, flavorful cup of your favorite hot beverage every time.
What can I use to clean my coffee maker without vinegar?
I know many of you are wondering what you can use to clean your Keurig instead of vinegar. That’s an excellent question and I’m going to tell you how to clean your Keurig without vinegar. Vinegar may clean your Keurig pretty decently, but vinegar doesn’t’ completely kill all germs and bacteria that can accumulate in your Keurig after multiple uses.
Lemon juice to descale?
You can use lemon juice in place of vinegar. I will forewarn you that it will take a lot of lemons to make enough juice to clean your Keurig using lemon juice, however, it’s the perfect acidic quality to clean out those nasty germs and buildup that occurs in your Keurig machine without using vinegar.
Can you use Baking Soda?
Some people like to clean their Keurig with baking soda as it’s another natural cleaning agent. Dissolve about 1-4 cups of baking soda into your Keurig water reservoir with water.
The solution will truly depend on how large the water reservoir is for your Keurig.
Have your Keurig machine run the baking soda infused water through about three times, with a final run to ensure everything has been cleaned out and that the residue is completely removed from the water reservoir and Keurig machine.
Some people that want to clean their Keurig without vinegar have used bleach or hydrogen peroxide. Again, these options are all a matter of your preference. Each option will help you maximize the life of your Keurig by ensuring you clean your coffee machine every 3-6 months.
Whenever you opt to clean your Keurig using any solution such as vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide or the descaling solution, it’s important that you fully run the coffee maker a few times to ensure all of the cleaning agents have been removed from your Keurig machine.