How To Descale A Keurig

De-scaling your Keurig does not score highly most people’s top ten ways they’d want to spend their day. In fact it rates somewhere between sleeping in a revolving door and cleaning out the bird bath.

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The thing is, without proper maintenance, your beloved Keurig will simply limp on, spewing out half hearted and slightly depressing results until, one day, it will give up completely and depart this mortal coil leaving you a caffeine starved fiend in desperate need of fresh cup of joe.

This is why you REALLY need to know how to descale a Keurig and all the best tips and hints to achieve this in a timely fashion. There are times in its life when your coffee maker needs lurve but also, as we shall be finding out, when it just needs a damn good slap.

HOW TO DESCALE A KEURIG MINI PLUS B31

descaling a Keurig K10 B31 MINI Plus Personal Coffee Brewer

FIRST YOU NEED:

  • A 12 OUNCE CERAMIC MUG – NOT A PAPER CUP
  • 20 OUNCES OF UNDILUTED WHITE VINEGAR
  • AN EMPTY SINK

RINSE, CLEAN AND FILL – FIRST VINEGAR RINSE

  • POUR 10 OUNCES OF WHITE VINEGAR INTO THE RESERVOIR
  • PUT THE CERAMIC CUP IN THE DRIP TRAY AREA
  • NOW RAISE THE BREWER HANDLE BUT DO NOT ADD A K CUP
  • WAIT FIVE SECONDS AND LOWER THE BREWER HANDLE
  • PRESS THE FLASHING BLUE ‘BREW’ BUTTON- IT WILL FLASH RED, THEN TURN RED
  • WAIT FOR THE VINEGAR TO BE DISPENSED AND POUR THE HOT SOLUTION AWAY DOWN THE SINK

RINSE, CLEAN AND FILL – SECOND VINEGAR RINSE

  • POUR THE REST OF THE VINEGAR INTO THE RESERVOIR (10 OZ)
  • PUT THE MUG ON THE DRIP TRAY
  • LIFT THE BREW HANDLE AGAIN NOT ADDING A K CUP
  • WAIT FIVE SECONDS THEN PRESS BLUE ‘BREW’ BUTTON – IT WILL FLASH RED THEN TURN RED
  • WHEN IT TURNS RED PRESS ‘POWER OFF’ AS IT BEGINS TO OPERATE
  • ALLOW THE BREWER TO STAND FOR HALF AN HOUR
  • SWITCH ON, LIFT AND LOWER THE BREWER HANDLE AND PRESS ‘BREW’ BUTTON
  • ONCE THE HOT VINEGAR HAS SPEWED ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE MACHINE POUR IT AWAY

FRESH WATER RINSE

  • FILL THE RESERVOIR WITH TEN OUNCES OF WATER
  • PUT THE CERAMIC MUG ON THE DRIP TRAY
  • LIFT THE BREW HANDLE NOT ADDING A K CUP
  • LOWER BREWING HANDLE UNTIL HOT WATER COMES THROUGH TO THE MUG
  • DISCARD CONTENTS INTO THE SINK
  • GREAT SCOTT! YOU HAVE REPEAT THIS LAST STAGE THREE TIMES OVER!
  • NOW YOU CAN BREW K CUPS AGAIN (HOPEFULLY)

…and if none of that made any sense, here is a video that should help if all else fails!

HOW TO DESCALE A KEURIG ELITE B40 / CLASSIC B44 / SPECIAL EDITION B60 / PLATINUM B70

descale KEURIG ELITE B40 CLASSIC B44

FIRST YOU NEED:

  • A LARGE CERAMIC MUG – NOT PAPER
  • 48 OUNCES UNDILUTED WHITE VINEGAR
  • A SINK
  • A GLASS OF GIN (LARGE)

TO PREPARE

  • EMPTY THE WATER RESERVOIR
  • PLACE THE MUG ON THE DRIP TRAY
  • RUN THE BREW CYCLE DO NOT USE A K CUP
  • PRESS ‘BREW’
  • POUR CONTENTS AWAY
  • REPEAT AS ABOVE UNTIL “ADD WATER” IS INDICATED
  • ALLOW THE BREWER TO STAND FOR AT LEAST FOUR HOURS WHILST STILL ON
  • DISCARD ANY VINEGAR AND RINSE THE RESERVOIR THOROUGHLY

TO RINSE

  • FILL RESERVOIR WITH FRESH WATER
  • PLACE MUG ON DRIP TRAY
  • BEGIN WATER BREW CYCLE
  • POUR THE CONTENTS AWAY
  • REPEAT THE PROCESS UNTIL ‘ADD WATER’ IS ASKED FOR
  • REPEAT AS MANY TIMES AS NECESSARY TO GET RID OF THE VINEGAR TASTE/ SMELL
  • IF IT STILL ASKS TO BE DESCALED, REPEAT THE WHOLE PROCESS AGAIN UNTIL IT QUITS WHINGING
  • IT SHOULD NOW BE SAFE TO DRINK THE GIN

If all of the above was just pops and buzzes, then watch this video…

HOW TO DESCALE A KEURIG WITH DESCALING SOLUTION

keurig descaling solution

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USING THE K70 KEURIG PLATINUM BREWER AS AN EXAMPLE. ALTHOUGH THIS  SHOULD BE THE SAME FOR ALL K CUPS EXCEPT FOR THE MINI, MINI PLUS AND B-K130 SERIES. VIDEOS CAN BE FOUND ON KEURIG.COM FOR THESE MODELS.

TO PREPARE

  • TWO+ BOTTLES OF KEURIG DESCALING SOLUTION (TO BE ON THE SAFE SIDE)
  • ONE CERAMIC CUP
  • ONE EMPTY SINK
  • ALLOW FORTY FIVE MINUTES OF TIME TO COMPLETE

FIRST DESCALING SOLUTION RINSE

  • EMPTY WATER RESERVOIR
  • REMOVE WATER FILTER IF THERE IS ONE
  • POWER UP THE BREWER
  • POUR ONE BOTTLE OF DESCALER INTO THE RESERVOIR
  • FILL THE EMPTY DESCALER BOTTLE WITH WATER AND POUR
  • INTO THE RESERVOIR
  • PUT THE MUG ON THE DRIP TRAY
  • RUN A CLEANSING BREW
  • DO NOT USE A K CUP
  • POUR THE CONTENTS AWAY

SECOND DESCALING SOLUTION RINSE

  • REPEAT THE FIRST DESCALING INSTRUCTIONS UNTIL “ADD WATER” IS INDICATED
  • LET THE BREWER STAND FOR HALF AN HOUR OR LONGER – LEAVE IT SWITCHED ON
  • EMPTY THE RESERVOIR IN THE SINK AND RINSE THOROUGHLY
  • PUT IT BACK IN THE BREWER WHEN RINSED

A FRESH WATER RINSE

  • FILL THE WATER RESERVOIR WITH WATER
  • PUT THE MUG ON THE DRIP TRAY
  • RUN A CLEANSING BREW
  • DO NOT USE A K CUP OR SIMILAR
  • POUR AWAY THE CONTENTS
  • REPEAT THE CLEANSING BREW PROCESS TWELVE TIMES

Here is yet another Keurig de-scaling video – hope it helps!

TROUBLE SHOOTING

This may have resulted in a ‘foam’ being dispensed from your K cup maker but this is normal.  If there is no output following the de-scaling and a sound of air blowing out, here is what to do.

  • UNPLUG THE BREWER
  • IF THERE IS STILL DESCALER IN THE RESERVOIR, POUR AWAY AND RINSE THOROUGHLY
  • REFILL WITH WATER
  • REPLUG IN AND POWER ON
  • REPEAT WITH THE RINSE CYCLE
  • IF IT STILL WON’T WORK UNPLUG FOR 30 MINUTES BEFORE REPEATING

STILL GOT A PROBLEM?

keurig descaling spanking technique

If by the time you have repeated this torturous process until you are blue in the face, you might be on the verge of giving up and just buying a new one. If that is the case then you may want to revert to Plan B.

PLAN B – HOW TO DESCALE A KEURIG – THE UNOFFICIAL SPANKING VERSION

This works so well it actually ought to be in the user manual. And, even if it doesn’t work, it should at least act as some form of cathartic therapy.

descale keurig spanking

  • UNPLUG THE BREWER
  • REMOVE THE DRIP TRAY
  • TURN THE KEURIG UPSIDE DOWN OVER AN EMPTY SINK
  • REALLY THUMP IT – HARD
  • THUMP IT AGAIN FOR GOOD MEASURE
  • PUT IT ALL BACK TOGETHER
  • PLUG IT IN AND BREW UP
  • VOILA!

In order not to invalidate any warranty it should be pointed out that the manufacturer’s instructions should be followed at all times and that Keurig recommend you de-scale your machine as per the instructions every three to six months.

how to descale keurig b40

BUT the “happy slapping” method has yielded many happy outcomes.

Even if this hasn’t worked, you probably haven’t lost a whole lot by trying it and now have the gin on standby to try and numb you from the draining process that was trying to figure out how to descale a Keurig.

Well, that was four hours out of your life that you’ll never get back.

dave
 

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Katie in Denver

LOVE your sense of humor! Will try…..

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David

I like these instructions too but would advocate to consume gin or another distilled spirit until descaling the Keurig no longer becomes important.

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