Dealing With Mineral Deposit Buildup in Your Keurig Machine
As a daily drinker of coffee, the biggest problem you are likely to encounter with your Keurig Coffeemaker is mineral deposit buildup. This buildup occurs because the water you probably use with your Keurig is hard water, filled with calcium and other minerals that can break off and lodge themselves into parts of your machine. After continuous use, this can prevent the machine from working properly, or in some cases, at all.
Fortunately, there is a simple solution to this problem that you can perform right at home, on your own. It is called descaling, and is a very effective way of cleaning your Keurig coffeemaker. Here are the simple DIY steps to cleaning your Keurig by descaling.
How to Clean/Descale Your Keurig Coffeemaker at Home
- Step 1: Empty the water reservoir and remove the filter, if you have one.
- Step 2: Disable the Auto Off features of the coffeemaker and turn it off.
- Step 3: Get a bottle of Keurig® Descaling Solution. If you wish to do a completely DIY coffeemaker cleaning, you can make your own descaling solution by mixing equal parts vinegar and water together. You can also use a solution of water and five percent citric acid.
Keep in mind, however, that Keurig® only recommends their descaling solution for Keurig coffeemaker cleaning, so using a DIY recipe could void your warranty. Whichever method you choose, start by filling the reservoir with the solution. If you are using Keurig descaling solution, pour in the whole bottle, then refill the bottle with just water, and pour that in, too.
- Step 4: Turn on the brewer. Put a large mug on the drip tray, lift and lower the handle, choose a 10 oz. brew size, and press brew. Make sure you do not have a coffee pod in the chamber during this cycle.
- Step 5: Pour out the brewed solution and repeat until you see “More Water Please” on the display. Then let the machine sit while on for 30 minutes.
- Step 6: After 30 minutes, pour out any remaining solution and rinse the water reservoir. Finally, do a full fresh water rinse by filling the reservoir with fresh water up to the fill line and running another cleansing brew cycle at the largest brew size. Use hot water and no coffee pod. Repeat this process about a dozen times, refilling the water reservoir once if necessary along the way.
Use This Process to Clean and Descale Your Keurig
Once you have completed this simple procedure, your Keurig coffeemaker should be relatively free of deposits and ready to use. You should enjoy smoother operation and better taste than you get from a Keurig coffeemaker that is in need of descaling.
You should repeat this process every month or so even if your coffeemaker seems to be working fine in order to prolong the life of your coffeemaker, and to ensure that you get the best taste from your coffee pods.
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