How often do you clean your Keurig

How to clean a Keurig and how often to do it

There's nothing like that first cup of coffee in the morning, but it can be seriously spoiled if it comes from a dirty coffee maker.

If your cup of joe comes from a Keurig, we have all the details you need to know to show that the coffee maker is a little bit of TLC. We asked Allison McManus, Assistant Product Manager for Keurig Brewers, and Kamaal Jarrett, Assistant Product Manager for Keurig Accessories, the right way to clean Keurig Brewers. Here are their easy to follow tips.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to clean a Keurig

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The exterior of the brewery

When: Once a week or as needed.

How: Wipe the outside of the brewer with a damp, lint-free cloth.

Cold water reservoir

When: Every week if used every day (recommended, not required)

How: Below are the steps you need to know!

  1. Remove the cold water tank from the brewer.
  2. Remove the lid and empty the container.
  3. Wash the inside of the container with warm soapy water and a soft, clean cloth. Never wipe the inside of the reservoir with a dry cloth; Lint or other particles can cling to the sides of the reservoir and eventually end up in your drink.
  4. Rinse well and dry only the outside of the reservoir.
  5. Replace the reservoir and run two hot water cleaning broths before using it. For more information on cleaning broths, see the product instructions for use.

Drip tray (both the base and the plate)

When: Every week if used every day (recommended, not required)

How: Below are the steps you need to know!

  1. Remove and empty the drip tray.
  2. Wash in warm soapy water.
  3. Dry with a soft, clean cloth.

Pod holder

When: Every week if used every day (recommended, not required)

How: Below are the steps you need to know!

  1. Follow the instructions for your Keurig brewer to remove the pod holder. Look for the needle that pierces the capsule.
  2. Rinse with warm water only. Do not dry.
  3. Swap out two hot water cleaning broths and run them before using them.

Descaling

When: Every 3-6 months or when daily brewing slows down.

How: The process varies from model to model. Therefore, follow the manufacturer's instructions. (For instructions, go to http://www.keurig.com/descale.) This vital maintenance job removes mineral build-up and debris that can affect the brewer's performance and the taste of the beverage.

Replace the water filter

When: Every two months or when the maintenance alarm is displayed at the brewer. This is necessary even if you only use distilled or spring water.

How: Follow the manufacturer's instructions.