Cleaning your Keurig is no longer a chore with this game-changing hack.

By Tamara Kraus
Updated August 16, 2018

If your beloved coffee maker hasn’t been performing its best, it’s definitely time to learn how to clean a Keurig. But where to begin with so many moving parts? We asked the experts at Keurig how to clean the machine–also known as "descaling"–in a flash. Below, find out how to get it sparkling clean and working better with the one household item you always have on hand: White vinegar.

The process will take four hours, so it’s the perfect rainy day activity, so you can get back to better tasting coffee. Here’s how to clean a Keurig with these four, easy steps.


How to Clean a Keurig: Empty the Reservoir

Turn off your Keurig. Fill the machine to the maximum line with white vinegar. Note: Don’t dilute it with water, and make sure to use pure, white vinegar only.


How to Clean a Keurig: Run the Coffee Maker Until the Reservoir Is Empty

Place a mug on the drip tray, turn on the Keurig, and lift the handle to make sure there isn’t a pod inside. Select the largest cup setting to start cleaning the machine. Empty the hot contents in the mug and repeat this process until “Add Water” lights up.


How to Clean a Keurig: Rinse With Water

Let the coffee maker stand for at least four hours after the "Add Water" indicator appears (with the power on), then remove the reservoir and rinse it with water to remove any remaining vinegar.


How to Clean a Keurig: Fill With Water to Wash Out the White Vinegar

Fill the reservoir with fresh water to the max fill line, place the section back in the machine, and run the largest cup setting until the reservoir empties. And that's all there is to it! Descale your Keurig every three to six months to keep the coffee maker running efficiently.