How to Clean a Keurig – Easy Guide

If you’re like me, you love your Keurig. But sometimes, it can get a bit gunky. Here’s a quick and easy guide to cleaning your Keurig, so you can enjoy your favorite coffee every day.

Basic Cleaning Tips for Your Keurig

Here are some basic cleaning tips to help keep your Keurig running smoothly.

1. Descaling Your Keurig:

To clean your Keurig coffee maker and remove these minerals, it is recommended that you descale it at least once a month, more often if you have hard water. Descaling is simple and only takes a few minutes.

Over time, calcium and other minerals build up inside your coffee maker and can lead to a deterioration of performance.

And the process of descaling removes calcium deposits, or scale, that can build up inside your coffee maker over time which can impede the water’s flow. Calcium and scale are nontoxic, but, if ignored, they can negatively impact your brewer’s performance.

Descaling is an important part of regular maintenance for your Keurig. Depending on how often you use your machine, we recommend descaling every 3-6 months. This process removes calcium deposits,

  • Keurig descaling solution
  • Large mug
  • Damp cloth
  • Rinse aid (optional)

Follow these simple steps to descale your Keurig:

1. Empty the Water Reservoir and add 16 ounces of fresh water and 8 ounces of Keurig Descaling Solution
2. Place a large mug on the Drip Tray Plate
3. Press and hold the Power Button for 3 seconds to turn ON the brewer
4. Press and hold the Brew Button until all the water has been dispensed into the mug (this may take up to 2 minutes)
5. Once the brew cycle is complete, discard the contents of the mug
6. Refill the Water Reservoir with 16 ounces of fresh water only (do not add any additional descaling solution)
7. Press and hold the Brew Button until all the water has been dispensed into the mug (this may take up to 2 minutes). Discard the contents of the mug.
8. Repeat step 7 one more time with fresh water only. After completing this step, descaling is complete!*

2. Cleaning Your Keurig’s Exterior & Interior Surfaces Regularly

Simply wipe down with a damp cloth. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or scrub pads, as they can damage plastic parts.

To clean your Keurig’s interior surfaces (including needle piercer & Overnight Needle Storage Area), simply wipe down with a damp cloth after each use.

Use mild soap if needed, but avoid using harsh cleaners like bleach or vinegar as they can damage plastic parts over time.*

3. Changing Your Water Filter Regularly For Optimal Taste and Performance,

it’s important to change your water filter regularly – we recommend every 2 months or 60 tank refills. For step-by-step instructions on how to change your water filter, please refer to “How do I change my Water Filter?”

What happens if you don’t descale your Keurig?

If you do not descale your Keurig, it will not operate properly, taking longer to brew and giving off a more ear-piercing sound. In addition, this can affect the taste of your coffee and the way it is heated.

Cleaning the Keurig Needle

The coffee needle is the small, sharp point that punctures the coffee pod and allows water to flow through. Over time, this needle can become clogged with coffee grounds or calcium deposits, which can affect the flavor of your coffee or cause brewing delays.

Fortunately, cleaning the coffee needle is a quick and easy process.

1. Use a paperclip or other small object to remove the needle cap from the front of the Keurig.
2. Rinse the needle cap and coffee needle under warm water until all coffee grounds are removed.
3. Use a cotton swab dipped in vinegar to remove any calcium deposits from the coffee needle.
4. Rinse the needle and needle cap again under warm water.
5. Replace the needle cap on the front of the Keurig and run a brew cycle without a coffee pod to flush any remaining residue from the machine.

Clean the Keurig’s Water Reservoir

Cleaning the Keurig water reservoir is a simple task that should be done every few months, or more often if you notice that your coffee isn’t tasting as good as it usually does.

  • Start by unplugging the coffee maker and removing the water reservoir.
  • Then, clean the reservoir with mild soap and warm water, rinse it well and dry it before putting it back on the coffee maker.
  • Next, descale the Keurig by running a solution of one part water and one part vinegar through it.
  • After descaling, run several cycles of plain water through the machine to remove any vinegar residue.
  • Finally, wipe down the outside of the coffee maker with a damp cloth.

Steps to Clean the Keurig’s Drip Tray

The Keurig drip tray is a small, removable tray located under the coffee spout. It is designed to catch any coffee that drips when you are brewing. Over time, the drip tray can become covered in coffee grounds and other debris, which can affect the taste of your coffee and cause your Keurig to clog. For this reason, it is important to clean the drip tray on a regular basis.

Here are some simple instructions for cleaning the Keurig drip tray:

1. Remove the drip tray from your Keurig by lifting it up and off of the machine.
2. Empty any coffee grounds or debris from the tray into the garbage.
3. Rinse the tray with warm water until all of the coffee grounds are removed.
4. Wipe down the inside of the drip tray with a damp cloth to remove any stubborn stains.
5. Allow the drip tray to dry completely before putting it back on your Keurig machine.

Cleaning the Keurig Exterior

To clean the exterior of your Keurig® coffee maker, simply wipe the outside of your machine with a damp cloth. Be sure to unplug your coffeemaker before cleaning it.

Troubleshooting Tips for Your Keurig Cleaning

If your Keurig doesn’t seem to be putting out as much coffee as it used to, or the flavor isn’t as good, it might be time for a cleaning. accumulation of coffee grounds, oils, and scale can all lead to a decline in performance. But don’t worry, cleaning your Keurig is easy! Follow these simple steps and you will have your machine running like new in no time.

First, start by descaling your Keurig. This is an important step in preventing the build-up of minerals that can damage your machine. You can buy a descaling solution specifically for Keurigs, or you can use a vinegar-water solution (1 part vinegar to 2 parts water). Run this solution through your machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions and then discard it.

Once your Keurig is descaled, it’s time to clean the exterior. Wipe down the outside of the machine with a damp cloth and mild detergent. Be sure to also clean the drip tray and any other removable parts. If you notice any coffee buildup inside the tray, soak it in hot soapy water for a few minutes before scrubbing it with a brush.

Now it’s time to clean the interior of your Keurig. First, remove the k-cup holder and wash it in hot soapy water. Then use a cotton swab or toothpick to clean out the needle penetration hole (located under where the k-cup holder sits). Once that’s done, replace the k-cup holder and run a brew cycle without a k-cup to flush out any coffee grounds that may be stuck inside the machine.

You should now have a clean and functioning Keurig! By following these simple steps on a regular basis, you can prolong the life of your machine and keep it performing at its best.

Preventing Future Build-Up in Your Keurig

By regularly descaling your Keurig, you can prevent limescale and other mineral deposits from building up and affecting the quality of your coffee. Descaling is easy to do and only takes a few minutes. You will need:

1 cup white vinegar
6 cups water


1. Empty the water reservoir and pour in 1 cup of white vinegar.
2. Fill the reservoir the rest of the way with water (6 cups).
3. Place a coffee mug on the drip tray and press the Brew button. The Keurig will begin brewing the vinegar solution. Depending on the model of your Keurig, it may take up to 3 minutes to brew a full cup.
4. After the brewing cycle is complete, discard the contents of the coffee mug.
5. Repeat steps 3-4 two more times with fresh water to remove any traces of vinegar taste from your coffee maker.