It has been a while since I have written another post, but I am back and with a very good topic, on maintaining & cleaning your brewers. I do know many people and not many are doing this. And this is the number one reason why your home brewers stop working & sometimes the taste seems to disappear, and this is some thing that you do not want to happen to you since the some of the home brewers are a little bit expensive.
You do not need anything fancy to clean you machine with, just a mild soap and warm water. That’s it!! You can add some white vinegar, for it anti-bacterial properties. Now the vinegar does have a bit of an strong scent however it will go away, the longer it is expose to the air and you will need to wash thoroughly with water. Here are the steps to do a good cleaning:
- Clean all removable pieces — like the reservoir, tray, and K-cup holder — by hand in warm soapy water.
- Use a sponge or cloth to manually clean any grinds out of the K-cup holder.
- Next, you can clean the needle.
- Finally, you need to de-scale your Keurig.
De-scaling should be done once every 4 to 6 months. The reason why you need to descale is to get rid of the bacteria, lime and any build up which can occur. Most often, it is difficult to tell when, it needs to be done however, you can always mark it down in your calendar, and track it that way. When you are ready to De-scale, you would want to pour the vinegar into the water reservoir, until you reach the max fill line. When the Brewer is ready to brew, you will place a mug under the spout, select a size to brew and then you lift up the handle and close it back down. Do not place a coffee pod in, because the whole point of de-scaling is clean your machine and of course then you would be wasting a pod. When your machine indicates, then go ahead and proceed to do a brewing process. Keep on “brewing”, until there is no more vinegar left. If there is, then just add some water and keep on repeating until finished, or you can just dump out the left overs, into the sink. No big deal right. The last step is to fill the reservoir with water, and repeat the “brew” process till the water is used up. As your final step then, just make sure that you give a good rinse of your reservoir, before you use it again.
You see, there is really nothing to it. This tiny maintenance, will provide you with many years of use and great tasting coffee, tea or even hot chocolate, for your enjoyment. Or the other option that is if you can afford it, is to go ahead and buy new machines, every year.
Happy Brewing Everyone!!
Until the next post.