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Cleaning Your K-Cup Coffee Maker

Vinegar and water in front of a Keurig coffee machine.Those of us who have a K-cup coffee maker (or ones that use pods) know how important it is to keep it running smoothly. Cleaning it regularly is a must. One year on Christmas morning, I learned the hard way, with several guests wanting coffee, and a machine that was on strike because it needed to be cleaned. I now make a point of cleaning it on the 1st day of each month.

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Of course, you should always follow your manufacturer instructions to clean your individual machine, but this tip will help you keep track of how many times you have run a cup of rinse water through your particular machine. Most machines are cleaned or descaled using white vinegar, followed by several cups of water. I run 6 cups through my Keurig to get the vinegar out.

I put 6 teaspoons out on my counter before I start. After pouring in a cup of filtered water to rinse, one spoon gets put away, until I have run all 6 cups through, and all spoons are gone. It's easy to get distracted in the kitchen. In the past I would be guessing "is this the 3rd or 4th cup?" In the end, you don't need vinegar flavored coffee!

I hope this helps keep the coffee flowing in your kitchen!

Source: My own idea

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October 8, 20200 found this helpful

how much vinegar?

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October 9, 20200 found this helpful

I use a cup of vinegar. I pour it into the little tank where the water usually goes and I let it sit there a few minutes to dissolve anything that might be there, then I run it through.

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