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How to Clean Your Keurig

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I have to admit, it took me a long time to get on the Keurig band wagon. I am not a big coffee drinker, so I had never paid much attention to the new coffee machine craze going on around me.

I recently had a Keurig machine given to me, so I decided to give it a try before I passed it along to someone else. It turns out these coffee machines ARE pretty cool, and they don't just make coffee!

cleaning keurig

After I had used the machine for awhile I noticed that the coffee cup wasn't always getting filled up as much as it should and that the water tank was starting to get a cloudy residue build up on it. I realized that the coffee machine, like all coffee machines, eventually needs to be cleaned to work properly.

It's very easy to clean a Keurig. Good old white vinegar has been used to clean coffee machines for a long time, and it works great on Keurigs too.

All you have to do is fill the water tank with about 6 c. white vinegar, and then run the vinegar through the coffee maker like you were making coffee, except you don't want to put in the k-cup. Just let the hot vinegar pour into your coffee cup.

When the machine says "Add Water", leave the Keurig on and let it set for about 4 hours with the remaining vinegar in it. Pour the remaining vinegar out of the tank into the sink and rinse it out well with water.

Next fill the water tank full of water and then run the water through the coffee maker like you are making coffee, again without the k-cup. When it says "Add Water", fill the tank with water again and repeat. If there is still a vinegar taste or odor in the water, repeat a third time.

This process will "de-scale" your Keurig. If you are still having troubles with it, you might have coffee particles stuck in it. Here are some how-to videos on the Keurig web site that tell you how to take your Keurig apart and clean it more thoroughly. Keurig recommends you clean your machine every 3 months or so.

Looking for a new Keurig or want to give one as a gift? Read reviews on the newest Keurig at Amazon.

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