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How to Clean and preserve your Keurig Coffee Machine the Correct Way

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Keurig machines and other single cup coffee brewers make mornings a lot easier. Rolling out of bed, popping in your K-Cup pod and letting the machine work its magic ensures someone needs to enjoy your preferred coffee blend each and every day without fail.

While someone might absolutely love your Keurig, someone may not realize that it’s actually one of the dirtiest appliances in your house. NSF International, a public health and safety organization, found that the average coffee maker has over, germs per square centimeters. In addition, of homes showing the presence of yeast and mold, a few percentages of those households had yeast and mold in their coffee machines. This means your coffee maker is probably one of the top germiest places in your house. 

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Fortunately, cleaning your Keurig or your coffee maker is a pretty straightforward task. Simply follow the steps below to ensure your single-cup coffee machine stays germ-free and unceasingly functions at peak performance.

The first step to maintaining a clean Keurig is to apply the purpose-made rinse pods once a week. These pods reduce carry-over flavor between brews if you’re frequently creating a variety of beverages. They also rinse away any residue or oils that have developed up in your coffee maker. Simply pop the pod into the Keurig as someone would any other K-Cup pod and initiate the brewing process. Dispose of the resulting brew and continue to apply your device as normal.

Wipe Down the Exterior Every Two Weeks

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About every two weeks, give your Keurig a more full washing. First, remove the reservoir, drip tray, and its cover. Soak them in hot water with a little dish soap for concerning minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Meanwhile, apply a damp microfiber cloth to wipe down the exterior. If someone has any limescale deposits, someone has to always put a little vinegar on your cloth before wiping your machine.

Brush Out Debris Once a Month

Once a month, while someone has your Keurig, disassembled for cleaning, apply a small toothbrush or one of the OXO Good Grips Deep Clean Brushes to remove any coffee grounds stuck around your K-Cup holder. Be actually gentle once someone is doing so, so as not to damage any of the mechanisms. This step will ensure your Keurig stays operational for years to come.

Replace the Water Filter Cartridge Every Two Months

If your Keurig has a built-in water filter, you’ll require to replace the water filter concerning once every two months. As the filters are developed to previous for a certain number of brews, how often someone requires to replace your water filter depends on how often someone applies your machine. Ensuring someone has an operational water filter will not only permit someone to enjoy better tasting beverages, but it will also minimize limescale deposits in your Keurig.

Scrape Every Month

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The absolute most significant step in cleaning a Keurig is descaling. This cleaning process is often skipped because people just aren’t conscious that it needs to be done. Every three months, someone should descale your machine in order to clean out its inside bits. The only Keurig-approved cleaning solution is the Keurig Descaling Solution. To apply it, fill the water reservoir with the descaling solution and then add water until the full line is reached. After replacing the reservoir, brew large cups until the “add water” light comes on. Then, fill the reservoir again with normal water and brew more times. You’ll be surprised how much dirt and grime comes out!  

Apply Vinegar to Scrape

If someone doesn’t desire to invest in the Keurig Descaling Solution every three months, someone has to complete the same process with distilled white vinegar. Again, this is not a Keurig-approved method, however, generations of coffee drinkers have applied vinegar to clean their coffee makers. Simply apply the same descaling steps outlined above, except applying a mixture of half vinegar and half water in the first filling of the reservoir.

Try Denture Washing Tabs to Clean Interior

Another operational method of descaling is to apply denture cleaning tabs. As these are antibacterial, they work to operationally kill off anything living in your Keurig. Denture cleaning tabs are also unscented, so someone won’t end up with that funky vinegar taste in your coffee. Rather than applying a descaling solution or a mixture of vinegar and water, simply dissolve two tabs in a reservoir full of warm water, then run the brewing process until the “add water” light comes on. Fill the reservoir again, and brew several more times to complete the process.

If you’ve tried to clean your Keurig however you’re still receiving a funny tasting brew, it may be time to invest in an upgraded model.

Originally posted 2019-08-30 12:00:12.

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