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Video Shows The Most Efficient Way To Clean A Keurig

When was the last time you cleaned your coffee maker?

A Keurig can quickly become your best friend. After all, it’s one of the easiest and most convenient ways to get your java fix in the morning. However, if you use it on the daily, your Keurig can lose a little of its luster. To keep your Keurig looking new and performing at its best, here’s a quick rundown of how to easily clean the machine.

It’s recommended to do this process three to four times a year.

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What You Need

  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • A clean dry or damp cloth


1. Unplug the Keurig machine.

2. Remove the washable parts and wash them in warm water. This includes the water holder and K-cup holder in the top compartment along with the drip tray at the bottom.

3. Wipe down the rest of the machine with the cloth.

4. Replace the parts you cleaned and plug it in.

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5. Fill the water reservoir with vinegar (enough to make at least 4 cups of coffee). Start the brew cycle without inserting a K-Cup. Discard the hot vinegar that’s dumped in the mug.  Repeat this until the reservoir is empty.

6. Leave the Keurig on for four hours. The residual vinegar will break down any remaining gunk in your machine.


7. Repeat Step 5 again now with just water. This will rinse any last bit of vinegar out of your machine’s system.

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Congrats! You’re ready to use your spotless Keurig, and now you don’t have to worry about gross gunk diluting the taste of your delicious coffee.

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Where To Buy The Cheapest K-Cups

Once you get your Keurig clean, you’re going to need some coffee to fill it. I’ve found that Amazon always has great deals on K-Cups. You can find them for as low as 28 cents each.

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Amazon allows Keurig customes to use the “Subscribe and Save” options. If you opt for that, you can save an additional five percent. Here are a few of the bestselling K-cups you can find on the online retailer:


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And if you’re worried about what to do with all those used K-Cups, make sure you read this list of 15 great ways to reuse them.

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It includes some ingenious uses, including using them as seed starters, like the ones below from Fresh Eggs Daily:

Fresh Eggs Daily

You can also create hanging planters or even repurpose them as holiday decorations, like these cute bunnies from Artsy Momma:

Artsy Momma

Seriously, how crafty is that? To think one little K-Cup can bring so many different ideas to life.

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