How to Clean a Keurig 2.0

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Did you recently purchase a Keurig 2.0 but aren’t sure how to clean it? Keurigs are great little coffee machines that are a fan favorite largely due to their coffee pod technology which makes making coffee easy and simple.

Learning how to clean a Keurig 2.0, or any Keurig model, will keep your coffee machine working like new. Regularly cleaning, maintaining, and descaling your Keurig, like other coffee machines, is the secret to longevity.

If you take care of it on a regular basis and don’t it let go without proper cleaning for long periods of time, you’ll be able to extend the life of your Keurig and reduce any malfunctions and issues with the machine later on down the road. 

So, without further adieu, let’s talk about how to clean a Keurig 2.0.

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What You’ll Need

How to Clean a Keurig 2.0

Step 1. Take Apart and Wash Removable Parts

Take apart parts such as the K-cup holder, water reservoir and lid, mug stand, piercing needle, etc. You will want to take apart the machine and wash the parts by hand with soapy warm water. After they are soaped up you will want to rinse it off and either let the parts air dry or dry them off with a clean towel.

Step 2. Wipe It Down 

Wipe down the rest of the machine with a damp cloth or kitchen towel. This is to clean up any leftover gunk or dust that may have accumulated on the machine. This includes in the coffee pod holder, make sure there aren’t any leftover coffee grounds that are stuck to the machine that will create build-up over time. 

Step 3. Reassemble.

Reassemble the machine back together once the parts you hand washed are dry. Then place a mug or small container under the coffee spout. 

Step 5. Fill the Reservoir 

Fill the water reservoir with half water and half white distilled vinegar. Or, if you have the Keurig Descaling Solution, you can use that in place of the vinegar.

Step 6. Run Cycles 

Repeatedly run a hot water cycle without putting in a K-cup until the water reservoir is empty. Make sure to discard the vinegar water combination that you’re catching in a mug or container in between cycles. 

Step 7. Rinse

Once the machine goes through the vinegar and water mixture, rinse out the water reservoir to get rid of any vinegar that might be left over. Then fill it up again with just water and run that through the machine. Again, make sure you don’t use any K-cups during this process. 

Step 8. Use as Normal

Your machine has been descaled and you are good to start using it like normal.

How Often Should You Clean Your Keurig 2.0

You should do a full descaling (as outlined above) every 3 to 6 months according to Keurig. The process of descaling is to remove lime and scale buildup in your machine that accumulates over time and can hinder the Keurig’s performance.

However, you should be wiping down your machine and rinsing the removable parts more often than that depending on how often you use your Keurig. Probably about once every week or two for daily or almost daily use.

Common FAQs

Can I use vinegar to descale a Keurig?

Yes, you can use white distilled vinegar mixed with equal parts water to descale a Keurig.

How do I deep clean my Keurig?

You can deep clean your Keurig by descaling it by washing the removable parts by hand in warm soapy water, and then running cycles of half distilled white vinegar and half water through the machine as outlined above. 

What can you run through a Keurig to clean it?

You can run Keurig’s descaling solution with equal parts of water, or white distilled vinegar with equal parts of water.