Owning a Keurig coffee machine is important for coffee lovers, knowing how to clean it is more important, to get you and your coffee maker back in good standing.

A 2015 study in Scientific Reports found that 35 to 67 different types of bacteria were being tracked in drip trays in tested coffee makers, including many pathogenic strains, which could make you sick. Additionally, a 2015 CBS test found bacteria, including Staph and Escherichia coli, on stored coffee machines. 

This study shows that our Keurig machine is not always clean as we thought, so cleaning it often can help to curb bacteria embedded in our coffee machine, most of this bacteria is likely coming from cross-contamination. For Instance, if you don’t wash your hand before you fill the water reservoir of your Keurig machine, there are more chances,  a transfer of bacteria from your hand to the said reservoir. Apart from bacteria, there are other reasons you should regularly clean your Keurig machine thoroughly.

Let's talk about what you will need, all this mention below are essential for the cleaning of your Keurig coffee machine

  1.   White vinegar
  2.   Water filter refill cartridges
  3.   Keurig needle cleaning tool
  4.   Descaling solution.

You might be wondering how the heck do I clean up my Keurig coffee maker machine. 

As long as you follow this step you don’t have any cause to worry other than coffee being in your morning brew.

First, unplug the Keurig machine (Safety first)

If there is a K-Cup in the machine, remove it 

Carefully remove the K-Cup holder 

Remove the water tank and cover 

Remove the drip tray and drip tray cover Clean the K-Cup stand, water tank, lid, drip tray and drip tray lid in the sink with dish soap Dampen the brush with clean water to remove old coffee from the area where you removed the cup holder.

 Wet a paper towel and use it at the end of the butter knife to reach hard-to-reach places. Repeat this process in the area where you removed the water tank

While emptying the interior of the air, use a damp towel to wipe the exterior of the machine. If you notice mineral deposits, Maker suggests dipping the towel in white vinegar and using it to help break up those annoying deposits.

Vinegar is also a top-notch cleaning product on the market, it easy to use and not too expensive too! Vinegar acidity can breakdown any mineral deposit in your machine.

To do this, reassemble the newly cleaned machine and make sure the tank is empty and the automatic shutdown function (if you have one) is disabled. Fill the tank in the middle of the road with white vinegar, depending on the time since your last time (the longest and most vinegar), then operate the machine with a pump cycle (without the K-Cup inside!). Empty this delicious cup of hot vinegar you just made, then keep running the turns until the "Add water" light lights up. Do this often when you want to clean your Keurig coffee machine and enjoy a healthy cup of coffee.

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