How to Clean Your Keurig® K-Cup® Coffee Maker

Learn how to clean your Keurig® K-Cup® coffee maker. As a proud owner of a K-Cup® brewer, you want to ensure that you always get the best cup of coffee from your machine. After all, there is nothing like that first cup of your favorite coffee, at the press of a button.

Maintaining the best cup of coffee requires just a bit of care and cleaning of your brewer, though. Continue reading to learn how to best clean your Keurig® K-Cup® coffee maker.

Why you need to clean your Keurig® coffee maker

Each coffee pod you brew causes coffee oil and residue to build up in the brewing chamber and nozzle of your brewer. This build-up leads to poor flow when you brew a pod, and poor coffee taste. What’s worse is that bacteria can also develop in and around your brewer.

Additionally, the heating system inside the machine also builds up limescale due to calcium and mineral deposits present in the water that is brewed. This limescale build-up causes poor machine performance, which leads to brewing cold coffee.

It should now be clear that your coffee maker does require care from time to time.

How to clean your Keurig® coffee maker

Cleaning your K-Cup® brewer doesn’t take much time or work, and can be done with one complete Caffenu® K-Cup® Maintenance Kit. The kit consists of cleaning pods and a liquid descaler.

To effectively rid your machine’s brewing chamber and nozzle of old coffee oils and bitter tannins, you must use the Caffenu® K-Cup® compatible cleaning pods.

To rid your heating element of limescale build-up, you will need the Caffenu® Eco liquid descaler. Find out how using the Caffenu® liquid descaler beats using the common household vinegar to descale.

Using the Keurig® K-Cup® compatible Cleaning Pods

RECOMMENDED USAGE: Use one cleaning pod after every 30 cups, or after making flavored beverages/tea. Use at least once a month.

Instructions for most brewers

Fill water reservoir, place large mug under brew spout.

  1. Lift handle. Insert cleaning pod in pod holder, then lower handle. Press smallest brew button or use the COCOA/OTHER button to brew.
  2. Lift handle and remove cleaning pod. CAUTION! HOT!
  3. Lower handle; wait 1 minute.
  4. Press large brew button or water brew to rinse; repeat twice.
  5. Discard solution or even better, use solution to soak drip tray for 10 minutes, then rinse off.

TIP: From time to time, it is recommended to clean the water entry and exit needles using straightened paperclip or similar object. Most effective after use of cleaning pod and before rinsing.

Instructions for Mini Ranges

Power on brewer; place large mug under brew spout.

  1. Fill 6 oz into water compartment.
  2. Lift handle. Insert cleaning pod in pod holder.
  3. Lower handle. Press brew button and wait for the cycle to complete.
  4. Lift handle and remove cleaning pod. CAUTION! HOT!
  5. To rinse, lower handle and fill water compartment to max or 10 oz.
  6. Lift handle; ensure pod holder is empty. Lower handle. Press brew button to rinse and wait for the cycle to complete. Repeat rinsing procedure twice.

*Some Mini Coffee Makers may require you to lift and lower handle first to fill water compartment.

Using the Caffenu® Eco Descaler in your Keurig® K-Cup® coffee maker

Instructions for most brewers

Important: Descale at least every 3-6 months. Do not wait for descaler light to come on.

Before descaling: • Ensure brewers are empty (no pods/cups/carafe to be inserted during procedure) • Ensure water reservoirs are empty • Remove filters (if fitted) and set aside • Disable auto off (if available).

  1. Pour entire descaler bottle and 17 oz (2 cups) of cold water into water reservoir.
  2. Place a large mug under brew spout.
  3. Press small brew button or 6 oz of hot water and repeat until “Add Water” is indicated. (Discarding mug contents into sink)
  4. Let brewer stand for at least 25 minutes (maximum 2 hours).
  5. Empty and thoroughly rinse water reservoir and refill to max fill line with fresh water.
  6. Rinse brewer by brewing small cup or 6 oz of water and repeat till tank is empty.
  7. Repeat steps 5-6 one more time. Important: You will need to open and close handle after each cycle.

After descaling: Clean the appliance. Wipe surrounding surfaces with a damp cloth.

Instructions for Mini Ranges

Important: Descale at least every 3-6 months.

Before descaling: Ensure brewers are empty (no pods/cups/carafe to be inserted during procedure.

  1. Turn on brewer.
  2. Pour about half the descaler bottle into reservoir and add water to 10 oz fill level.*
  3. Lift handle (do not insert pod); wait 5 seconds; then close handle.
  4. Place a large mug under brew spout and press brew button.
  5. Let cycle finish, discard solution from mug into sink.
  6. Repeat steps 1-4 but this time power off as it starts to dispense.
  7. Let brewer stand for at least 25 minutes (maximum 2 hours).
  8. Turn brewer back on and brew remaining solution.
  9. To rinse, carry out steps 1 – 5 with plain fresh water. Repeat at least twice.

*For B/K130 brewers: Do steps 2 and 3 in reverse order, to be able to open water reservoir lid.

After descaling: Clean the appliance. Wipe surrounding surfaces with a damp cloth.