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Your Keurig Is Probably Disgusting. Here's How to Clean It

Your Keurig Is Probably Disgusting. Here's How to Clean It

Your Keurig takes care of your morning caffeine needs, but when was the last time you serviced your Keurig? If you're not deep cleaning it once a week, it's probably pretty bad at this point. Don't worry: we'll show you how to get it back into fighting shape in no time.

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If you leave your Keurig dirty for long enough, it can affect the performance of your coffee machine, and even affect the taste of your morning coffee. Worse, when left dirty, it's a perfect breeding ground for mold and bacteria. Thankfully, it's easy to give every inch of your Keurig the attention it deserves.

We've broken down everything you need to know about cleaning all parts of your Keurig coffee maker, from cleaning the drip tray to the brewing process and even the outside of your machine. For more, here are Our picks for the top coffee makers of 2024 And What to know about Keurig's new compostable coffee pods.

Do not let coffee beans sit for days at a time.

One of the best things you can do for your Keurig is to be gentle with it while you're using it, especially if you use it every day. For example, remove used coffee pods after they have cooled, and try to take care of any spills or drips immediately. Coffee can grow mold once brewed, and you don't want that sitting in a Keurig pod holder.

Clean the outside of your Keurig.

You can start the Keurig cleaning process by gently wiping the outside of your coffee machine with a warm, damp cloth or paper towel. Not only does Recommend Keurig. Cleaning your coffee pot daily is a very easy step to incorporate into your daily cleaning routine. Just make sure your coffee pot is completely turned off and unplugged before you start cleaning.

Wash the drip tray.

Keurig also recommends a daily wash for your drip tray, which drips and spills from your coffee maker. The drip tray also gets coffee stains. You can hand wash your drip tray with a little warm water and dish soap.

Deal with water reservoirs and matching lids.

Again, Keurig recommends cleaning this element of your coffee maker daily. As with drip trays, you can deal with water deposits by washing them by hand and the corresponding lid with hot water and dish soap. Depending on your coffee maker, you can wash both the reservoir and the lid in your dishwasher. Be sure to remove the water filter if you have any in the water reservoir.

Plus, daily fresh cold water in your Keurig machine tastes better than days-old water.

Wash coffee grounds and baskets.

If you have a K-Duo coffee pot, it means you have an extra step when it comes to daily maintenance. If you have a traditional cup of coffee, you will need to wash the coffee grounds and basket. Like the water reservoir, you can wash the carafe and basket by hand, or depending on your coffee maker, you can put them in the dishwasher.

Clean the pod holder.

The pod holder can be one of the largest pieces of your Keurig machine. This is the process that holds your coffee pods and collects the used coffee grounds. If not cleaned somewhat regularly, it can become gross very quickly, and mold can grow. Keurig recommends cleaning the appliance weekly, but if it looks dirty, we recommend cleaning it daily.

The pod holder assembly (PHA) will need to be removed from the Keurig before cleaning. You can do this by holding the edge of the assembly and gently pulling it out. You will also need to separate the pod holder from the attached funnel by separating the two pieces. Be careful of sharp protruding needles when cleaning these pieces.

Keurig recommends rinsing with water, but obviously it can't hurt to clean any stains or coffee grounds — especially if it's the first time you've cleaned it.

Rinse your Keurig thoroughly.

To keep your Keurig running smoothly for as long as possible, you should regularly perform a cleaning compound, or a process called descaling. Basically, descaling is the process of removing build. By not cleaning your Keurig brewing mechanism regularly (Keurig officially recommends doing this quarterly), the buildup in your brewing mechanism can start to affect the taste of your coffee.

The first step you need to take is to run hot water through your coffee maker. You can operate your Keurig as you would if you were making a cup of coffee, but without the coffee pod.

Next, you have two options. You can either descale your coffee maker with a mixture of one part vinegar and one part water, or you can use Keurig's. Your own descaling solution. Pour the degreaser solution of your choice into the reservoir, and run your Keurig as you normally would. After the machine is done, you'll want to let it rest for about 45 minutes.

We recommend running plain water through the Keurig several times after turning your machine on low to counteract the grape flavor. After spending so much time cleaning your Keurig, the last thing you want is a ruined coffee.

For more cleaning tips, here's how to make one. A natural, all-purpose cleaner with three ingredients And How to clean your kitchen in less than 15 minutes.

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