Single-serve coffee makers, like Keurig, have made it super easy and convenient to brew a perfect cup of joe. But it’s just as easy for many folks to overlook that these machines need regular cleaning and descaling to work their best. It takes more than refilling the water reservoir and popping in a new K-cup to keep a Keurig brewing — and to keep it free of the mold and bacteria that can grow when you neglect it. When it comes to routine maintenance and cleaning, think of your Keurig as you do other home appliances like dishwashers, washing machines and traditional coffee makers. Not only will regular cleanings extend the life of your appliance and protect your health, they’ll also keep your coffee tasting great every day.
We asked Carolyn Forté, Executive Director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Home Care & Cleaning Lab, for advice on how to maintain your go-to morning machine. Start by stocking up on the cleaning essentials recommended below, then follow the timeline for how often you should clean every part of your coffee maker.
How to clean a Keurig weekly
Ideally, it’s best to wash the removable parts of your machine on a weekly basis, especially if you use it daily.
What you’ll need:
- Dish soap
- Sponge or cloth
- Dish towel for drying
- Unplug the machine.
- Remove the water reservoir, lid, drip tray and K-cup holder.
- Pop out the filter, if any, from inside the reservoir and set it aside.
- Wash all parts in warm, soapy water.
- Rinse the parts thoroughly and towel dry everything except the interior of the water reservoir. Let the interior air dry to keep from depositing any lint from your towel inside.
- Wipe down the machine’s exterior surface with a damp sponge or cloth.