I still remember when the Keurig first came out. I circled mine with such awe and reverence…photographed it…blogged about it…told (and retold) my friends about that wonderful moment when I first brought it home. Unfortunately, I didn’t clean it or read the “recommended maintenance” tips. Luckily, Keurigs are actually hardy little appliances, and if you perform these simple DIY maintenance tasks, yours can last you for years and years!
How hard is your local water?

One factor that will influence how much maintenance your Keurig requires is the “hardness” of your water. Basically, the harder your water is, the more minerals it has in it.

More minerals = more buildup = more cleaning to do.

Resource: Find out your water’s hardness rating

Descaling explained

Descaling is the process of removing calcium and other mineral deposits (also known as “scale”) that can build up inside your Keurig’s brewer as time passes.

Keurig recommends descaling your brewer every 3-6 months, depending on your water’s hardness rating and how often you use it (hard/frequent = every 3 months; soft/rarely = every 6 months).
3 Steps to cleaning your Keurig

There are three main steps to follow when cleaning and descaling your Keurig.

Step 1: Prepare your Keurig.
Step 2: Clean the insides and parts by hand.
Step 3: Clean the brewer system with vinegar and rinse.

1. Prepare your Keurig for cleaning.

Here, you’re ensuring it will be safe to clean and descale your Keurig.

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I still remember when the Keurig first came out. I circled mine with such awe and reverence…photographed it…blogged about it…told (and retold) my friends about that wonderful moment when I first brought it home. Unfortunately, I didn’t clean it or read the “recommended maintenance” tips. Luckily, Keurigs are actually...