Wash Up Time
The reservoir, drip tray and its cover, and the holder and funnel may be washed in the dishwasher (note! Do not put the reservoir lid in the dishwasher). Alternately, place them in a sink filled with hot water and about 1 teaspoon of dish liquid. Let them soak 15 minutes, then rinse well and towel dry.
While the parts are washing or soaking, take a (clean) cleaning toothbrush and gently brush out any stuck coffee grinds in the K-Cup holder. While you’re in there, use a damp cloth to remove any build-up. Finish the job by wiping the exterior with a cloth dampened with all-purpose cleaner.
If you notice any limescale deposits (white crusty buildup), simply soak a part of your cloth in white vinegar, apply it to the affected area, and let soak for a few minutes. Wipe again and you’ll see the white marks disappear before your eyes. Finish up by re-assembling the Keurig.
White Vinegar Strikes Again
It is so important to descale, because limescale will build up on the heating elements and inside the machine’s tubing. But this part is easy—you just run a de-scaling brew. Nothing is more exciting than a steamy, hot cup o’ vinegar!
Fill the reservoir halfway with white vinegar. Brew “beverages” with no K-cup in the holder until the vinegar runs out, to clean the reservoir and tubing. The vinegar will break down the calcium deposits.
Remove the reservoir and rinse well, then refill it with water and run more beverages until the vinegar is flushed out completely. (You’ll know you’re done when there’s no more vinegar smell.)
That’s it—the straightforward and simple way to keep your Keurig machine clean and running.