By Kristen Mercure
Take a deep breath. Do you smell it? That sweet, earthy perfume that makes you want to push open your windows and sweep the last bits of winter out of the house? That is spring, my friends. Spring is here! It’s a time of renewal in nature – and in your own kitchen, too, if you’re like us. With birds chirping under blue skies, it’s time to push winter out the window by making the kitchen shine like new. You remember to clean your sink, dust the cabinets, and sweep the floor – but do you remember to clean your Keurig® brewer? Be honest now. Just like any appliance in your kitchen, your brewer needs some basic maintenance to make sure it’s making you the best cup of coffee it can. In the event you lost your instruction manual, here’s a quick reminder of what you need to do:
Descaling is an important part of cleaning your Keurig® brewer. This process removes calcium deposits, or scale, that can build up inside a coffee maker over time. Calcium and scale are non-toxic, but left unattended, they can hinder your brewer’s performance.
Descaling should take place routinely to preserve long-term health of your brewer and it’s simple to do with Keurig® Descaling Solution or vinegar*. Go to http://www.keurig.com/descale-instructions for specific instructions or to watch the how-to video.
Remember to store your brewer dry when it’s not in use. If you don’t use your brewer daily, run several cleansing brews to remove internal standing water. If you store your brewer for any length of time, descale and cleanse prior to use. A great cup of coffee comes from fresh water.
Wash the water reservoir and lid:
The water reservoir should be cleaned regularly by washing it with a damp, soapy, lint-free, non-abrasive cloth and rinsing thoroughly. Don’t place it in the dishwasher.
Clean the pod holder and pod holder area:
Remember to disassemble and wash the pod holder routinely with warm, soapy water. Again: Don’t place it in the dishwasher.
Clean the drip tray:
The drip tray can accumulate quite a bit of liquid over time. Remember to dump out the liquid and rinse in the sink.
Wipe down the outside:
Use a damp, soapy, non-abrasive cloth to wipe down the outside of the brewer to get rid of any dust or spots.
There: your Keurig® brewer has been cleaned. Just don’t make this a once a year appointment – clean your brewer like you would any kitchen appliance: regularly and with love. If you’re looking for more cleaning tips, go to: http://www.keurig.com/descale. You can also check-out our new Keurig® Rinse Pods, which help to reduce flavor carry-over between brews. Keurig.com is offering 30% off pod storage, cleaning, and maintenance accessories until 3/26.
*And this should go without saying but don’t use bleach to descale or rinse the reservoir. Seriously, ew.
Happy Spring Cleaning!