Don’t skip this one! A detailed guide on how to clean Keurig 2.0 and how to descale Keurig 2.0 and make it running efficiently again!
Here’s the thing about coffee makers: They get way grosser than we realize. Over time they can collect hard water buildup, mold, bacteria or clogs. In addition to that, they can accumulate oil buildups and make your coffee taste bitter or burnt.
How often should you clean your Keurig? Give your coffee maker a nice clean once a month. This includes cleaning the k cup holder, exit needles and the area around the k-cup holder. The descaling process should be done every 3, 4 months, depending on the mineral content of the water in your area. Clean the water tank more often, at least once a week. For the best tasting coffee, quickly rinse the tank and fill it with fresh water every morning.
So, let’s take a little time and clean the coffee maker! I’ll walk you through it:
monthly cleaning routine
About once a month, it’s a good idea to give one of your most-appreciated appliances a quick clean to ensure your coffee taste great and keep your machine running well.
Spot-cleaning after spills and drips is easy, but what you really want to do is clean the exit needles, the area around the k-cup holder and the water tank. The water tank will be shiny and clean, and since there will be no oil buildups your coffee will taste much better.
This will take 10 – 15 minutes. Do this once a month. I would wash the tank more often, at least once per week. Tip: Quickly rinse the tank and fill it with fresh water every morning, for the best tasting coffee.
How to clean the keurig 2.0
What you need:
Clean, dry cloth
A toothbrush or paper towels
A paper clip
1. Unplug the machine.
2. Remove the tank and the drip tray: Remove the drip tray and water tank and wash them with mild detergent. Rinse. Check the valve at the bottom of the tank and on the machine where the tank goes to make sure the valve is nice and clean too.
3. Clean the k-cup holder and exit needles. While you can use needle maintenance tool to clean top exit needle, this won’t really clean the unit inside. What you need to do is take out the k cup holder and the diffuser so you can clean them properly.
To do this, turn off the brewer and take out the k-cup holder and the tray that sits under the k cup holder. Press the buttons on the k cup holder to separate the holder and housing. Use a paper clip to remove debris and grounds from the bottom exit needle, then wash the holder with water. Be careful, the needle is sharp. Next, wash the housing and the diffuser to remove any oils or coffee grounds. Here’s a video showing exactly how to do it.
4. Wipe the unit: Clean out coffee grounds or any dirt left in the unit – especially around the top exit needle and handle, using a toothbrush or a paper towel. Wipe the rest of the unit with a damp cloth. Return all the removable parts and plug in the machine.
5. Add water and rinse: To finish, fill the tank with fresh water and run one or two rinse cycles.
HOW TO DESCALE A KEURIG 2.0
Descaling is important. It helps clean mineral build-up inside your machine and can help with poor performance. It keeps your machine in a good shape and ensures good tasting coffee. The descaling process should be done every 3, 4 months, depending on the mineral content of the water in your area. You should also descale if the touch screen indicates Time to descale the brewer.
What you need:
large mug/ bowl
1. Prepare the brewer: Empty the water from the water reservoir, remove the water filter and turn off the brewer.
2. Add descaling solution: Pour 1 bottle of Keurig Descaling solution and 14 ounces of water into the reservoir, then turn on your brewer.
3. Descaling rinse: Place a mug/pitcher on a drip tray, open and close the handle without inserting the pod and press the brew button at 6 ounce setting for Keurig K250 or 10 ounce setting for other models: Keurig K350, K450, and K550. Wait until the solution is dispensed. Discard mug contents.
4. Repeat the rinse process until the brewer indicates “more water please”. Let the brewer stand for at least 30 minutes. Do not turn off the machine during this period. After 30 minutes, remove and empty the water tank and rinse well.
5. Fresh Water rinse: Fill the reservoir with clean water only and again, place a mug or a pitcher on a drip tray. Press brew button to rinse. Repeat brew step until you empty an entire reservoir then refill again with fresh water only. You want to completely rinse the machine and make sure there’s no residue or smell. Two full tanks should do the job.
6. Wipe the unit and wash removable parts: Wipe the machine with a damp cloth, wash all removable parts with mild soap and return them to the unit. Don’t forget to clean the exit needle and the k-cup holder for the best result (explained at the beginning of this post). Fill the tank with fresh clean water and use as usual.
How to descale Keurig 2.0 with vinegar
If using vinegar, fill up about 2/3 of the reservoir with white vinegar and fill the rest of the tank with water up to MAX fill line.
REPLACE KEURIG 2.0 WATER FILTER
The water filter should be changed every 2 months or 60 tank refills. The water filter on Keurig 2.0 is located inside the water tank, on the valve at the bottom of the tank.
There are two types of filter holders for Keurig 2.0 models. The rear reservoir filter holder for K200, and side reservoir filter holder that works with K300, K400 and K500. The filter cartridges are the same for all Keurig 2.0 models.
Here’s how to replace Keurig 2.0 water filter:
1. Remove the water tank from the unit, discard water and remove the filter holder from the tank.
2. On the bottom of the holder, press in the tabs on both sides of the base at the same time and pull down to separate. Discard the old filter.
3. Rinse upper and lower filter holder with water.
4. Take a new water filter and soak it in water for 5 minutes. Then, rinse it under running water for 1 more minute.
5. Place the prepared filter in the upper part of the filter holder, close with the bottom part of the holder and set the date 2 months ahead to know when it needs to be replaced again.
6. Place the filter holder into the tank and push down until in place. Be sure to push firmly all the way down to correctly attach the filter.
Keurig 2.0 brewers have water filter alert and they will indicate when it’s time to replace the filter. To set the alert, go to settings, water filter reminder, press enable then save. When it’s time to replace the filter the machine will indicate “time to replace the water filter”, press continue, replace the filter as explained above, then press yes, to reset the filter reminder.
Best water for Keurig 2.0: Keurig recommends using bottled or filtered water in their machines or using a water filter. Do not use softened water in your Keurig machine.
Refill the tank every morning: I strongly recommend refilling your water tank with fresh water each morning. Quickly rinse the tank with water and refill. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you need to waste water or your money. If you have an 80 oz reservoir and you use bottled water for example, don’t fill it all the way up. If you brew 4 cups a day you can add 40 ounces maybe and pour fresh water the next morning. Also, make sure to wash the tank with soap and water at least once every week. Fresh clean water is really important for a good cup of coffee.
Keurig 2.0 needle maintenance: As mentioned, for a really clean Keurig, I recommend cleaning exit needles at least once a month using a paper clip. But, you can use needle maintenance tool as a quick solution if the top needle seems clogged (maybe you’re getting Sorry, brew interrupted message) and you don’t have the time to do a full cleaning routine. How to use a needle maintenance tool? Turn the brewer off, fill the silicone bulb with fresh water and place the accessory in the k-cup holder. Raise and lower the handle five times to loosen any coffee grounds in the entrance needle. Remove the accessory, turn the brewer on and run one cleansing brew. This only cleans top exit needles.
Keurig rinse pods: If you’re brewing different types of beverages like tea and hot chocolate, you can use Keurig rinse pods between brews. For example, to remove coffee taste before making tea or to clean your machine after hot chocolate. Keurig recommends using rinse pods once a week or after flavored teas or hot chocolate. Keep in mind, these pods can’t replace proper cleaning (they can’t remove clogs, coffee grounds, or clean the unit inside), their purpose is only to improve the coffee taste.
Great tasting coffee starts with a clean coffee maker. Keep your machine shiny and oil-free, and brewing the best coffee at home will be much easier.
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