Clean a Keurig Coffee maker
Cleaning a Keurig coffee maker is a very simple procedure, and there are more than a few ways to pull it off. One way is to give it a common cleaning that uses soap and dish detergent that should be performed consistently. The other method is using vinegar that should be done two to four times in a year depending on how often one use the machine. It is of great importance to keep the coffee delicious. Below is a guide on cleaning a Keurig coffee maker.
1. Disassemble the brewer.
One should open the cover of the brewer by enlivening the handle and remove the K-Cup holder inside the brewer. To remove the K-Cup holder, one should grab the top of the holder with one hand and use the other hand to push up on the bottom of the K-cup assembly from below, and then the assembly should eventually release. In removing the K-Cup holder one should be cautious because there are two sharp needles inside that could hurt if one removes the assembly unsystematically. Therefore, the remaining pieces should be disassembled with relative ease by gently pulling on the funnel until it separates from the K-Cup holder and remove the drip tray by pulling it away from the base of the machine.
2. Clean the K-cup holder, funnels, drip plate, and drip tray.
Place the elements in the top rack of the dishwasher and then run the machine on the standard wash setting using the mild dish detergent. This K-cup holder can be wash by hand by simply rinsing it under warm to hot running water. More detergent is needed for general cleaning and more care should be observed to prevent one from being stabbed by the sharp needle in the holder. One can also wash the elements by hand by immersing these pieces in hot soapy water and scrubbing gently with a smooth cloth, then rinse with a lot of water to remove all soap residues. After all this, dry all pieces well by allowing them to air dry for several hours or drying the piece manually with a clean dish towels.
3. Clean the exit needle
In the K-Cup holder both the bottom and upper portions have exit needles with the three hole, therefore, remove any debris from these holes by inserting a paper clip into each one and working out anything inside the k-cup holder. Cocoa mix and Coffee ground can easily get stuck in the exit needle; hence making this is a significant step in the cleaning course. After that, insert a straightened paper clip into each hole. One should be able to get about 1 inch (2.5 cm) deep into the tube, twist and move it around to slacken and remove anything wedged inside the holder. It should be noted that one cannot poke through the needle to the other side because the opening of the needle is located on the side of the K-Cup and not the top end.
4. Cleaning the water reservoir and removable lid.
The pieces of the machine should be washed by hand using clean water and a smooth cloth due to that they are not dishwasher safe therefore must be washed well with a lot of water. The use of cleansers or detergents on these elements should be avoided because using chemicals near this water reservoir can contaminate the water supply in the reservoir for future uses. These elements, therefore, should be wiped out thoroughly with a wet cloth and rinsed under warm to hot running water several times. Then dry systematically by allowing the apparatus to air dry or by drying them manually with a clean paper towel.
5. Wipe down the outside of the machine.
Wiping down the outside of the machine, a non-abrasive damp, cloth should be used to wipe away any water tints or dried coffee grounds on the front of the brewer. One can also use a foamy cloth for a more thorough cleaning and should ensure rinsing the soap residue off the machine afterward with a clean damp cloth or with a lot of running water. One should never immerse the entire brewer in water.
6. Reassemble the brewer.
In reassembling the brewer one should snap the funnel back onto the K-Cup, and then insert the K-Cup back into the machine. Afterwards, align the arrows on the top and bottom of the K-Cup with those marked on the machine. In which the two front tabs on the holder should be on the bottom and the single tap on the front should be at the top. Then push on the top rim to shatter it back into place. Finally, reinsert the drip tray by down hilling it back into place until it clicks.