Coffee is one of the most beautiful substances known to humanity, and pod
coffee systems like those made by Keurig have quickly taken over millions
of kitchens across the country as the primary source of morning fuel for
Americans. As easy as these machines may be to use during the pre-coffee
morning haze, they aren’t magically impervious to the wear and tear
all devices with moving parts eventually succumb to. One of the most common
issues owners of these machines may end up facing is a clog – luckily,
this problem is easy to fix with the right ingredients.
What Do I Need?
- White vinegar
- Clean, dry rag
- Clean, damp rag
I Have What I Need. Now What?
Before you even think about starting your clean, make sure you unplug your
machine. Electrocution, while technically a very effective way to jump
start your morning, comes with some serious health risks.
Take It Apart: If it can be taken off, take it off. That includes the K-cup holder, the
mug stand and the water reservoir and its lid. Pop all these pieces in
the sink and wash them with warm water and soap before letting them dry off.
Wipe It Down: Depending on the state of your machine, you should either use your dry
or damp clean rag to wipe down the surface of your machine. Make sure
to pay extra attention to the area around where the K-cup is inserted
to clear out any tea leaves and / or coffee grounds may have accumulated.
Once you’re satisfied with your cleaning efforts, replace all of
the parts you removed for cleaning and plug it back in.
Time for a Vinnegar Rinse: Fill your machine’s water reservoir with a mixture of equal parts
water and white vinegar. Without inserting a K-cup into the holder, start
the brew cycle – keep running your machine until the reservoir is
drained, and make sure you have a cup or mug underneath to catch the watery
vinegar. This will help clear up any scale and lime buildup inside your
machine, and should be done every three to six months depending on how
frequently you brew coffee or tea and what type of water you use.
Rinse: Fill the water reservoir with clean water and run the machine until any
remaining vinegar taste is gone.
And that’s it! All that’s left is to clean up any mess made
during your clean. Filling up your machine with spring or bottled water
may reduce the amount of buildup you need to deal with, and using a straw
to blow into the water line can help dislodge any debris that may give
you trouble. Your machine’s manufacturer should have detailed information
on how to clean specific parts of your machine on their websites. At the
very least, they should have a customer support number that you can call.
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