They have won the hearts of coffee drinkers everywhere due to their instant brewing capability, sleek designs, and wide variety of hot beverages they can make. However, there’s been quite the fuss lately concerning this beloved brand. After a few reports of bacteria build up and moldy machines, it didn’t take long for people to begin ditching their pod holding pals and looking for alternative options. But is the fuss legitimate, or is this another result of an internet myth spreading like wild fire?
Simply put, the answer is yes. The fuss is legitimate, and it’s true that over time your Keurig will begin to build up bacteria and mold. But the fact is so will every other machine you buy. The problem isn’t the machine, and the solution isn’t trashing it and dropping the money on another one. The problem is a natural build up of minerals like calcium and limescale that clogs the machines tubes which can lead to bacteria and mold, and the solution is simple, it needs to be cleaned.
But don’t worry, cleaning your Kuerig can be easy and cheap (which we will show you how to do below), and by periodically doing it you’ll get a much longer life out of your machine! All you’re going to need is a bottle of cleaning vinegar, and about 30 minutes of your time.
Now we are going to explain how easy it is to clean or “descale” your Keurig machine affordably and naturally!
STEP #1: EMPTY THE WATER RESEVOIR AND FILL IT UP WITH VINEGAR
You can buy a bottle of cleaning vinegar for a few dollars at most grocery stores. We would suggest getting a 64 oz. bottle or larger.
STEP #2: BREW THE VINEGAR UNTIL YOUR RESERVOIR TANK IS EMPTY
We would recommend keeping your Keurig on and letting the vinegar sit for 20 to 25 minutes before brewing it. This will allow for the vinegar to break apart the build up of bacteria and minerals in the reservoir itself. Begin brewing the vinegar through the machine and repeat that until the tank is empty. If the final cup is still cloudy, you may want to add some more vinegar and continue brewing it through until it clears up.
STEP #3: CLEAN REMOVABLE PARTS AND POD POKER (NEEDLE)
When you open the main handle, most machines will have a piece in which the actual pod goes into that comes out. You may have to wiggle it as you pull for it to dislodge. Make sure to clean the removable part, along with using a sponge or cleaning cloth down inside the machine where it was at.
You can also take a paper clip or tooth pick and clean around the needle on top that pokes the hole for the pods. Machines differ in design, but clean around it and inside of its opening if you can.
STEP #4: RUN A FULL TANK OF REGULAR WATER BACK THROUGH THE MACHINE AND THEN BEGIN ENJOYING DELICIOUS CUPS OF COFFEE!
Make sure to run a full reservoir of water back through your Keurig to wash the vinegar all the way out of it. Once you have finished doing that, you’ll be ready to start enjoying the benefits of instant coffee once again! Some machines will alert you when its time to clean and descale them, but if yours doesn’t have this feature a safe rule of thumb is to clean it back out every 3-4 months. Again, this is not just an issue for Keurigs, but for all coffee machines. This is especially true if you are using spring water like CHA, due to its natural mineral content.
We hope this saves you from ditching your Keurig, and also leads to you living a more abundant life!