Keurig Descale Procedure
Keurig Descale Procedure

Ever noticed a decline in the taste of your morning brew? Or has your Keurig been acting a bit off lately? Perhaps it’s time to descale it. Much like our morning routines, our Keurig machines need a little TLC every once in a while. Let’s dive into the why and how of descaling.

Why Descale your Keurig?

Coffee makers, especially ones as frequently used as a Keurig, are prone to scaling. This refers to the build-up of minerals like calcium in the machine due to regular use of tap water.

Benefits of Regular Descaling

  • Better tasting coffee: By removing the mineral buildup, you restore the pure taste of your coffee.
  • Extended machine life: Regular maintenance means a longer lifespan for your Keurig.
  • Optimized performance: Ensure a smooth, consistent flow of coffee every time.

Signs Your Keurig Needs Descaling

  • Your coffee tastes off.
  • The machine brews slowly or stops mid-cycle.
  • It’s been more than 3-6 months since the last descale.

Supplies Needed for Descaling

Getting ready to descale? Make sure you have the following on hand:

Key Ingredients

  • White vinegar or Keurig’s Descaling Solution.
  • Fresh water.

Essential Tools

  • A ceramic mug (not paper).
  • Access to a sink.

Step-by-Step Descaling Process

Preliminary Steps

  1. Power off the machine.
  2. Empty the water reservoir and remove the water filter if there’s one.

The Descaling Procedure

  1. Fill the reservoir with equal parts white vinegar and water, or with the Keurig Descaling Solution.
  2. Place your ceramic mug on the drip tray.
  3. Start the brew cycle without inserting a K-cup.
  4. Repeat until the “Add Water” light turns on.
  5. Let the machine sit for at least 30 minutes while powered on.
  6. After 30 minutes, empty the mug and rinse the reservoir thoroughly.

Rinsing and Finishing Up

  1. Refill the reservoir with fresh water.
  2. Run several brew cycles with just water to rinse out any residual descaling solution or vinegar.
  3. Once done, your Keurig is ready for regular use!

Maintenance Tips after Descaling

  • Use filtered water to reduce mineral buildup.
  • Consider investing in a water softener if your tap water is hard.
  • Regularly check the machine for signs of scaling and descale accordingly.

Frequently Made Mistakes During Descaling

  • Not allowing the descaling solution to sit long enough.
  • Using a strong acid or wrong descaling solution.
  • Forgetting to rinse thoroughly after descaling.


Descaling your Keurig is a simple yet essential step to ensure the longevity and performance of your coffee maker. By incorporating it into your maintenance routine, you’ll enjoy better-tasting coffee and a happier machine. And remember, like any gadget, a well-maintained Keurig is a happy Keurig.


  1. How often should I descale my Keurig?
    • Ideally, every 3-6 months or when you notice performance issues.
  2. Can I use any type of vinegar for descaling?
    • It’s best to use white vinegar to prevent any flavor residuals.
  3. Is there an alternative to vinegar for descaling?
    • Yes, Keurig’s Descaling Solution is a great alternative.
  4. Does descaling improve the taste of coffee?
    • Absolutely! It removes mineral buildup which can alter the taste of your brew.
  5. Is it okay to use my Keurig immediately after descaling?
    • Yes, but ensure you’ve rinsed it thoroughly to avoid any taste from the descaling solution.
Eric Chan

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