How to Clean a Keurig by Running a Cleansing Brew

How to Clean a Keurig

It Starts with Cleaning Out Old Residue

If you want to know how to clean a Keurig, there are several steps you need to follow. One of the things you need to do on a regular basis is run a cleansing brew through your Keurig Brewer after brewing hot cocoa, hot teas, and two-step process coffees in order to clean out any remaining residue that might alter the flavor of your coffee or stick to the brew head. Watch here to see how to run a cleansing brew.

Another thing that you can do that does not waste quite so much water is to remove the brew head from the coffee maker, wash it out thoroughly, dry it off, and reinsert it into your coffee maker.

If you have to buy distilled water from the grocery store like I do because you are on well water, you can’t just run regular tap water through the system in order to run the cleansing brew. You have to use the distilled water you bought.

I pay about $0.78 for a gallon of distilled water and get about 3 or 4 travel sized cups of coffee from that. If I’m using 2 of those cups to run a cleansing brew after my kids use it to make hot cocoa, it can start to add up if I run the cleansing brew daily.

While doing this once every week or so is not quite as expensive, if your partner or kids use your Keurig brewer or Keurig espresso machine as well for things like cocoa or cider on a daily basis, then you will need to clean out the brew head quite frequently.

So, I have actually found that it gets cleaned just as well by cleaning the brew head by hand. The folks at Keurig might not prefer that you do it that way, and from time to time you DO need to run a cleansing brew through it, however, unless you are on city water, it is just not economical to be running it on a daily basis.


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