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How often you should clean your Keurig — and the right way to do it!

There’s nothing like that first cup of coffee in the morning, but it can be seriously tainted if it's coming out of a dirty coffee machine.

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If your cup of joe is coming out of a Keurig, we have all the details you need to know on how to show that coffee machine a little TLC. We asked Allison McManus, associate product manager for Keurig brewers, and Kamaal Jarrett, associate product manager for Keurig accessories, for the right way to clean Keurig brewers. Here are their easy-to-follow tips.

The brewer’s exterior

When: Once a week or as needed.

How: Wipe the outside of the brewer with a damp, lint-free cloth.

Cold water reservoir

When: Every week, if used every day (recommended, not required)

How: Below are the steps you need to know!

  1. Remove the cold water reservoir from the brewer.
  2. Take off the lid and empty the reservoir.
  3. Wash the inside of the reservoir using warm, soapy water and a soft, clean cloth. Never wipe the inside of the reservoir with a dry cloth; lint or other particles may cling to the sides of the reservoir and eventually end up in your beverage.
  4. Rinse well and dry only the outside of the reservoir.
  5. Replace reservoir and run two hot water cleansing brews before using. For more information on cleansing brews, check the product Use & Care Guide.

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Drip tray (both the base and the plate)

When: Every week, if used every day (recommended, not required)

How: Below are the steps you need to know!

  1. Remove and empty drip tray.
  2. Wash in warm soapy water.
  3. Dry with a soft, clean cloth.

Pod holder

When: Every week, if used every day (recommended, not required)

How: Below are the steps you need to know!

  1. Remove the pod holder following instructions for your type Keurig brewer. Be careful of the needle that punctures the pod.
  2. Rinse using only warm water. Do not dry.
  3. Replace and run two hot water cleansing brews before using.

Descale

When: Every 3-6 months, or when day-to-day brewing becomes slower.

How: Process varies from model to model, so follow manufacturer’s instructions. (For how-to videos, visit http://www.keurig.com/descale.) This important maintenance chore removes mineral build-up and scaling that can affect the performance of the brewer as well as the taste of the beverage.

Replace water filter

When: Every two months, or when indicated by the maintenance alert on the brewer. This is necessary even if you use only distilled or spring water.

How: Follow manufacturer’s instructions.

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