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You always wash your mug after enjoying your morning coffee, but what about your Keurig? It can be a breeding ground for bacteria! It may seem daunting, but keeping up with your Keurig’s upkeep can make it last longer and make YOU healthier!
Here’s what you’ll need:
– Cleaning toothbrush
– Pure white vinegar
– All-purpose cleaner
– Microfiber cloth, dish liquid.
Start by taking the parts apart:
– Reservoir and lid
– Drip tray and drip tray cover
– K cup holder & funnel (this takes some work & be careful, there’s a sharp needle on the end of this!)
Soak these in warm, soapy water or place them in the top rack of the dishwasher if you prefer. Always place these items on the top rack of the dishwasher to avoid melting the plastic!! If you are soaking them, leave them in the sink for 15 minutes or so and then gently wipe the interiors with a rag or sponge. Rinse well and towel dry.
While they are soaking, take your cleaning toothbrush and gently brush out any stuck coffee grinds that will eventually inhibit the machine from working properly. Use a damp cloth to remove any build-up from the inner holder. Wipe the exterior with a cloth and all-purpose cleaner. Pretty straightforward stuff.
Then, put it all back together and run a descaling brew. To do this, fill your reservoir half way with white vinegar. Brew several ‘beverages’ with no K cup in the holder to clean the reservoir and tubing until the vinegar runs out. The vinegar will break down the calcium deposits. When that’s done, remove the reservoir and rinse well. Refill it with water and run more brews of water through to rinse out the reservoir and tubing and get rid of any vinegar. When you don’t smell vinegar anymore, you know you’re in the clear. This will take about 15 minutes and is admittedly quite boring.
You work too hard for your money to throw it all away on full price when you don't have to!