If you're looking for information on how to clean a Keurig coffee maker with natural ingredients, then you're in the right place!
If you own a Keurig coffee maker and have already purchased their brand solution for cleaning and descaling your machine, then you are aware of two things:
- The cost for a one-time cleaning is slightly ridiculous and
- The cleaner smells horrible and definitely isn’t good for you or your family to be drinking any residue from.
I personally have hard water in my home, so even with filtering, our Keurig machine can get some pretty heavy build up on it. After using their cleaner once, I decided there was no reason not to make my own natural Keurig cleaning solution since I make pretty much 90% of all my other cleaners.
It contains vinegar – not my favorite smell by any means – but it does work really well if you need to know how to clean a Keurig. And if any residue is left, it won't make you sick.
So I started with vinegar as the base and then added two essential oils that are great cleaners and smell really good. I recommend you only use pure essential oils that are not off the shelf from a local store (which often have fillers in them that aren't regulated by the FDA, so you can’t trust the labels). I have started using Plant Therapy because they provide all of their testing information right on their website.
I was really pleased with how well this Keurig cleaning solution worked, so I knew I had to share!
How to Clean a Keurig Coffee Maker
What you will need:
- Your Keurig Manual (If you can’t find it, I will give a short synopsis of how to descale, though, so don’t panic!)
- Distilled Vinegar
- Distilled Water
- 12 drops pure lemon essential oil
- 8 drops pure orange essential oil
- 12 oz. glass bottle
- Measuring cup and funnel
- Large Mug
- Measure out about 10 oz. of the distilled vinegar and pour into your bottle, using a funnel if needed. This will depend on the size of the neck of the bottle you chose.
- Next, go ahead and add your essential oils to the bottle, being slow and careful, as both of these can be runnier in form and will get away from you easily!
- Now, top off the bottle with the distilled water until bottle is full.
- Place your lid on the bottle and shake really well to blend ingredients.
- Many Keurig machines have a light that comes on when it reaches a point of needing to be descaled, but since my water is hard and easily builds up, I do it before that lights up. It’s up to you how often you clean your Keurig.
- Start by dumping out the reservoir of any clean water that is leftover and pour in your solution. Turn on the machine and place your mug under the spout so it’s ready to play catch. Also, be sure to remove any K-cup that may still be inside.
- Now, go ahead and run one large mug worth of the solution through and then pour it back in to the reservoir.
- Keep the mug out for later, but for now, leave the machine on and leave the solution in the reservoir for 30 minutes to descale and soak.
- When the time is up, you are ready to run it through repeatedly until it’s all cleaned out. My instructions in the manual say to do it 12 times.
- What you will do is replace the solution with water as it runs out this time though, do not pour the used solution back into the machine this time.
- You will see the water get cleaner and cleaner and it will also not smell as strong the more you do it. You can't mistake the smell of the vinegar and essential oils, so if you have run it 12 times and you still smell them in the hot water you ran, keep going. For me it takes about 14 times to feel like it's completely cleaned.
- Once it is, clean out your reservoir well and rinse your filters out good and then you are good to make your coffee.