How to Clean a Keurig Coffee Maker in 7 Steps

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For this week’s How to Clean Series post I’ll be going over the steps of How to Clean a Keurig Coffee Maker. My Keurig gets used quite frequently these days, and the thought of any of that white mineral deposit reside making its way into my glass totally grosses me out. To keep my machine in tip-top shape I preform the below steps about once each month.

Please keep in mind that the below steps may vary a little depending on the type of Keurig that you own, but the concept will remain the same.

Step One: Remove the lid to your Keurig (if it removes), water reservoir (if you have a removable one), drip tray and drip tray cover from your Keurig.

Step Two: Remove the K-Cup Holder by gently pulling on the top and pushing on the bottom. Be very careful of the sharp needle inside while doing this.

Step Three: Place the reservoir, drip tray and drip tray cover in your dishwasher. If you do not have a dishwasher, soak them in a sink filled with warm water and a few drops of dish soap.

Step Four: Use paper towel or microfiber cloth to wipe down machine top to bottom.

Step Five: If you notice some white residue on your machine, use a cloth dipped in a little bit of white vinegar to remove it.

Step Six: Replace the parts of your machine that went into the dishwasher and fill reservoir with white vinegar. Run through cycles until it is completely empty. If your machine is like mine ad does not have a reservoir, I recommend just running through three to four cycles by pouring the vinegar in the top in-unit reservoir (the same place you would pour the water to make a cup of coffee).

Step Seven: Run through a few cycles with plain water to do a final clean of your machine and to remove any remaining vinegar smell or taste.

About the “How to Clean Series” on Bargain Blessings

If you’ve been a long time Bargain Blessings reader, you might be might be thinking and how exactly does cleaning my Keurig relate to saving money? Well, I am a huge believer in protecting and maintaining the items that I spend money on. Either we take care of our investments (big and small) or we neglect them and end up having to purchase a replacement before it would have otherwise been necessary.  This is why during the next couple of months, I am going to be taking you all through a series of “How to Clean” posts.

If you’ve got a specific  item that you’d like to see covered or if you’ve got a suggestion on anything I post in this series, please let me know using the comments section below! :)

Previous “How to Clean” Posts

How to Clean a Porcelain Tea Kettle


  1. Joelle says

    So glad I found this post. I got a keurig for Mother’s Day. It’s exactly like the one pictured above. Can you tell me exactly which parts are removable on that model? I don’t want to break it trying to remove a part that doesn’t remove. Thanks!!

  2. Janice says

    Wow. Thanks for the post. I highly appreciate you in taking the time to post this. Very helpful :) I have 2 of these. One at my work and one at home. Bought them at Costco a month ago.

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