Keurig Coffee Maker: Cleaning Mold From the Water Reservoir
Coffee has become an essential part of modern life. I can hardly function without my morning brew. Keurig coffee makers are popular home coffee makers because they brew single cups of gourmet coffee in just a few seconds. But in order to keep the Keurig functioning properly and the coffee tasting great, it is important to clean the machine from time to time. Here are some tips to help you get the most from your Keurig.
Do I Really Need to Clean That Coffee Maker Resevoir?
The telltale signs that your coffee maker is overdue for cleaning:
- mold (either visible or smell only)
- slow drip
- calcium buildup on parts
Did you know that routine cleanings will help ensure great-tasting coffee, coffee performance, and a germ-free machine? An uncleaned coffee maker can harbor mold and other harmful germs. The National Sanitation Foundation study found that kitchens were the “germiest” places in the home. The study went on to note that kitchen items, including coffee maker reservoirs, have higher germ counts than a bathroom doorknob or light switch.
White Vinegar: The Best Way to Clean a Dirty Coffee Maker
How to Clean your Keurig
Keurigs and other coffee makers can get clogged with hard water buildup. This accumulation leads to poor performance. The best way to remove buildup is to flush it out with white vinegar to flush it out. This process is called "descaling."
- Pour an equal mixture of white vinegar and water into the water reservoir of your Keurig or coffee maker. Let this sit for a few minutes, to clean the reservoir and water intake hole.
- Run this solution through the machine with no K-cup inserted. If your Keurig has never been cleaned or is badly clogged, you may need to repeat the process more than once.
- Once you have run the white vinegar solution through your machine, run plain water through three or four times to rinse all of the vinegar.
- NOTE: If your Keurig is not for single servings and has a large reservoir that is never empty, you will need to rinse the reservoir out or run many more plain water operations through your machine.
Daily Care of Your Keurig Coffee Maker
- Always use a clean cup to fill your machine. Using a dirty cup can introduce bacteria and mold, which can affect the taste of your coffee and possibly impact your health.
- If you use a Keurig Mini or other single-serving coffee machine, consider leaving the reservoir lid open when not in use. This will allow the water tank to dry. A wet tank that is not used for a few days will is an ideal environment for mold, which would end up in your coffee the next time you use your machine.
- Remove and clean the platform tray for mugs from time to time. Excess water and coffee drain into this tray and can cause gunk to develop. If you use your Keurig often, this tray will likely contain standing liquid and mold. Use a damp cloth and some dish soap to wipe any water away.
- Avoid excessive buildup by using bottled instead of tap water. Bottled water has fewer minerals than tap water and will cause little or no buildup in your machine. Bottled water can be expensive, however. An affordable alternative is to use a water filter, which will remove most of the mineral content.
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