Wondering how to descale a keurig without vinegar? Wonder no more! Use this Keurig descale solution DIY recipe & you’ll have the cleanest Keurig in town.
How to Descale a Keurig Without Vinegar: Keurig Descale Solution DIY Recipe
So when was the last time you cleaned your Keurig? I can feel you rolling your eyes at me right now! As a mom, that’s one of my super powers. As unappealing and unnecessary as deep cleaning (a.k.a. descaling) your Keurig might seem, it is important (and shockingly easy). Why should you bother and what’s the best way to descale a Keurig? I’m so glad you asked (or at least didn’t hit the back button!). 😉
There are 3 main reasons you need to learn how to descale a Keurig without vinegar or with vinegar:
1. Taste – Have you ever wondered why that $3 cup of coffee from the shop around the corner always tastes better than the stuff you brew at home? Hint: They actually clean their machines on a regular basis! Overtime, minerals (ex. calcium), bacteria, and other impurities can build up in your Keurig which can make your coffee taste less than wonderful. Shortly, I’ll share a Keurig descale solution DIY recipe with you that’ll have your coffee tasting like well, coffee again. 🙂
2. Performance – I’m not sure about you, but I hate wasting money. One way to save money is to ensure my appliances stay in good working order. That includes my coffee maker, and that’s why it was important for me to find the best way to descale a Keurig and coffee maker. Those minerals that build up in the machine, along with coffee debris, can cause the machine to work at less than an optimal level. For instance, in a Keurig, you may notice a decreased brew speed.
3. Health – I saved the most important reason to learn how to descale a Keurig without vinegar (or with vinegar) for last: Health. Here’s what a NSF International study found: “About half of coffee makers had yeast and mold growing in their reservoirs. About one in ten were home to coliform bacteria. On average, home coffee reservoirs also had higher germ counts than both bathroom door handles and toilet seats.”
And while this NSF International study specifically pertains to your “classic” coffee maker, the same conditions that make such yeast, mold, and bacteria possible (namely organic matter like coffee grounds, warmth, water, and darkness) exist in a Keurig. Generally, your body manages to deal with these germs but they can make you ill.
I bet you can barely wait to find out what can I use to descale my Keurig, right? Okay, let’s get on to the Keurig descale solution DIY recipe.
16 oz. Mason jar
Note: Don’t have citric acid handy? Wondering “What can I use to descale my Keurig now? No worries, you can also make a Keurig descale solution DIY recipe with vinegar.
1. Add one tablespoon citric acid to a Mason jar.
2. Add 1 1/4 cups (20 tablespoons) water to the same Mason jar.
3. Secure the lid tightly and shake to mix.
4. Pour the citric acid and water mixture into your Keurig’s (or coffee maker’s) water reservoir.
5. Run your Keurig or coffee maker.
Note: If you’re using this to clean a coffee maker/pot, rinse the machine by running plain water through it 2-3 times after using the Keurig descale solution DIY recipe.
How often you utilize this Keurig descale solution DIY recipe will depend on a variety of factors including how often you use your machine and how impure your water is. Typically, you will want to descale a Keurig at least every 3-4 months.
Congrats, you now know how to descale a Keurig without vinegar! To be clear, this Keurig descale solution DIY recipe will work just as effectively in a classic coffee maker.
Do you know of another best way to descale a Keurig? Please share your tips in the comments.
Looking for more cleaning tips and tricks? Be sure to check out:
- 4 Tips to Make Spring Cleaning a Breeze
- This all inclusive spring cleaning checklist
- This day-to-day printable cleaning schedule
DIY Keurig Descale Solution
When is the last time you cleaned your Keurig or coffee pot? Here’s an easy Keurig descale solution DIY recipe that you can whip up in minutes. Once you learn how to descale a Keurig without vinegar your coffee will not only taste better and be healthier for you, but your Keurig will perform better as well since it will be free of mineral build up and coffee debris.
- Citric acid
- 16 oz. Mason jar
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Add one tablespoon citric acid to a Mason jar.
- Add 1 1/4 cups (20 tablespoons) water to the same Mason jar.
- Secure the lid tightly and shake to mix.
- Pour the citric acid and water mixture into your Keurig’s (or coffee maker’s) water reservoir.
- Run your Keurig or coffee maker.
If you’re using this to clean a coffee maker/pot, rinse the machine by running plain water through it 2-3 times after using the Keurig descale solution DIY recipe.
Monique Strickland says
This is great information! I clean my Keurig machine often just because I always felt like I should. Its good to know that these cleanings are prolonging the life of my machine and keeping me in good health.
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Please clarify. Do I add this mixture into water that’s in the reservoir? When I emptied all the water and just added the mixture, the Keurig wanted more water before working. Please and thanks.
You should add the citric acid in water then pour that water into the reservoir! You should go back to the article and do it step by step while reading each step! That may be more helpful for you! I have to do this when im not sure how to do things
She was asking if you add the mixture to a full or empty reservoir… that is what needs clarification because i am also confused about that.