Descaling the Keurig in seven easy steps
If that first delicious cup of coffee from your Keurig is now a distant memory, murky flavors and slow brewing speeds have dissipated, it may be time to downsize your Keurig. Even clean water can leave trace amounts of minerals and other debris in the fine lines inside your machine. These deposits can affect the flavor of your coffee and the speed at which it brews. Fortunately, descaling a Keurig is quick and easy.
How dirty a Keurig gets
Although tap water is perfectly safe to drink, it contains fine particles of minerals that can build up over time. This limescale can block water flow and give your morning cup of joe an unpleasant taste.
Hard water is naturally high in dissolved minerals like calcium and magnesium, which quickly build up and block lines inside your Keurig.
Investing in a filtered water jug can extend the time between cleanings. A carbon filter catches most potential deposits and can extend the life of your Keurig – or at least you won’t have to clean it as often. These require changing the filter regularly, so the cost can add up.
If you use water straight from the tap, there’s no way around it: You’ll need to descale your Keurig regularly.
How do you know when it’s time to descale?
If you notice that your Keurig coffee machine is taking longer to brew your caffeinated goodness, it may be time to downsize.
Other signs that it’s time to downsize your Keurig include:
- Slightly reduced taste
- Visible signs of deposits
Even if none of these things happen, it’s a good practice to drain your Keurig every three months. It keeps it in top working order and ready to go when needed.
whatever you want
- A cup of coffee
- A commercial descaling agent (or white vinegar)
Descaling your Keurig
Step 1: Cleaning the machine and accessories
Start by cleaning the machine and any brewing accessories. This includes any reusable K-cups, mug tray and lid.
Wipe off the lid, and scrub the outside of the Keurig with a damp sponge. Rinse the reusable K-cup and scrub it if necessary.
Allow the parts to dry, and then reassemble your machine for descaling.
Step 2: Add your descaler
If you choose a commercial descaler, follow the directions on that product for its use. If you are using white vinegar, plan to use a full cup of white vinegar per water reservoir. Add the descaler of your choice, then fill the reservoir and replace it in the machine.
Step 3: Start descaling
Place your mug on the mug tray and start brewing. Brew and dump the water/descaler mixture until the water reservoir is empty. You will notice the water moving through your Keurig faster than when you started. This is a good sign that the descaler or white vinegar is doing its job.
If the water flow is still slow or mineral deposits are still evident, add more white vinegar or descaler to another full water reservoir and repeat the process.
Step 4: Relax
After descaling is finished, let your machine rest for 30 minutes. This will give the vinegar or descaler time to dissolve any remaining lime scale.
Step 5: Clean the empty reservoir
While waiting for the descaling solution to do its work, take this opportunity to rinse and thoroughly rinse the reservoir. This will remove any last traces of vinegar or descaler.
Step 6: Rinse thoroughly
You should rinse the inside of your Keurig several times to make sure all traces of descaler or white vinegar are removed. Fill your reservoir with cool, clean water. If your Keurig has a carafe setting, use it to maintain a steady flow of water.
Discard each mug or carafe of water as it boils. It may take four or more full water reservoirs, but it’s worth it.
Step 7: Test your descaling
For the final step, savor the last cup of water you run through your Keurig. It should be free from any traces of vinegar or other flavor.
What you need to buy for descaling Keurig
Brita Standard Everyday Water Filter Pitcher
This 10-cup pitcher filters water to extend the time between descaling. It is lightweight and has an easy-to-change filter.
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Essential values store Keurig compatible descaling solution and Keurig cleaner
This two-pack gives you four cleanses. It is non-toxic and compatible with other coffee machines.
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Bosmarlin Large Stoneware Coffee Mug
Declutter in style with this 17-ounce, heat-safe stoneware coffee mug. It is available in six colors and comes in packs of one or two mugs.
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