by Selmir Omic
Descaling 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.
The thing is, without proper maintenance, your beloved Keurig will simply limp on, spewing out half heated 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.
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Let's get some cleaning done!
Yes, you've read correctly! A Keurig can be descaled by using white vinegar. Here is how to do it:
These are the ingredients you will need:
What to do:
It is worth mentioning that while using white vinegar is cheaper than using Keruig's branded cleaning solution it might not do the job as good as Keurig's solution.
Also, if you find yourself having to call on Keurig's warranty to fix any issues with your machines, they might not be happy to find out you have been cleaning the unit by using vinegar instead of their branded cleaning product.
Now, onto branded descaling solutions..
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.
Clean but clogged!? No worries, here is the solution…
If your Keurig suddenly stops brewing, it may be clogged. Don't worry too much as this is a common issue that can be easily fixed. Here is how you can easily unclog your Keurig by using just a paperclip:
First remove the water reservoir, drip tray and K-cup holder. Once you've removed these parts, use the opportunity to give them a proper cleaning.
When you take out the K-cup holder, you will be able to see the hollow needle that punctures the K-cup.
Uncurl your paperclip and use it to loosen and remove any coffee grounds which have become stuck there. You can also wrap the paperclip in a piece of cloth and wipe down all the parts around the K-cup needle.
You are now all ready to put your Keurig back together. Once you put it back together, we suggest you to once run the brew cycle with just water to wash out any remaining dirt. After that, your Keurig is all set for producing satisfying cups of coffee.
Here is how often you need to clean your Keurig:
Let's be honest, we all enjoy pressing a button on our Keurig and waiting for an amazing brew to come out in just a few seconds, but none of us like spending some time cleaning the thing.
We should all feel guilty for not maintaining our Keurigs as these things can get really dirty.
Whether you are using it very often or not, you should occasionally clean it. How often you should clean it? Well, there are parts you should clean every week, every month, or every few months:
Unplug your Keurig and clean the mug tray and cup holder using warm soapy water. Remove the water filter and wipe the reservoir and lid with a damp, soapy cloth. Rinse everything with water and let it air dry.
We suggest you not to dry it with a cloth as this could leave lint behind. At the end, wipe down the exterior surface and reassemble it. That's it; your Keurig is now ready to be used.
Replacing or cleaning your water filter cartridge every month will help you keep your coffee fresh. If you are replacing your cartridge, start by soaking the new cartridge in fresh water for a couple of minutes, and then rinse it in for about 60 seconds.
Don't forget to clean the lower filter holder before inserting the new cartridge. Now, put everything back together, turn on your Keurig and make yourself a cup of coffee. You deserve it!
Hard water minerals can build up in your Keurig over time, affecting how well it works. To remove these minerals, you will have to descale your machine. Start by filling the reservoir with around 10 ounces of white vinegar or Keurig's branded descaling solution.
Start the brew cycle without a K-cup. Let the machine do its cycle as usual, using a mug to catch the pouring liquid. If needed repeat the same process one more time.
At the end, repeat the process once again, but now use 10 ounces of fresh water instead of vinegar or descaling solution.
Here is a step by step cleaning guide for Keurig Mini Plus B31:
FIRST YOU NEED:
RINSE, CLEAN AND FILL - FIRST VINEGAR RINSE
RINSE, CLEAN AND FILL - SECOND VINEGAR RINSE
FRESH WATER RINSE
…and if none of that made any sense, here is a video that should help if all else fails!
Next, let's clean Elite B40, Classic B44, Special Edition B60 or Platinum B70
FIRST YOU NEED:
If all of the above was just pops and buzzes, then watch this video…
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.
STILL GOT A PROBLEM?
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.
Let's move onto Plan B…
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.
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.
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.
If you're a coffee lover, then you know how important it is to have a great cup of coffee. But what you may not know is that one of the most important things you can do to ensure great-tasting coffee is to descale your Keurig on a regular basis. Here's why:
So, if you want to enjoy the best possible cup of coffee from your Keurig, be sure to descale it on a regular basis. It's the best way to keep your machine running like new.
About Selmir Omic
Selmir Omic is KYG's cannabis lifestyle writer. He currently resides in San Francisco and can often be found enjoying design-forward cannabis accessories, candles and seltzer simultaneously. When he's not writing about pot or waxing poetic about vape pens, Selmir can be counted on to offer sage advice about the best strains for anxiety or how to make cannabutter without a stovetop.
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