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How to descale a Keurig or other pod coffee maker

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How to descale a Keurig or other pod coffee maker


Keurig, Nespresso, and other pod-based machines are easier to use than the pot-filling models, but they get dirty just like any other coffee maker. Descale your machine about every three months to remove calcium and other gunk. It’s possible to buy a product that does this, but vinegar will also work.

How to descale Keurig

Fill your Keurig water reservoir with half water and half white distilled vinegar. Place a large mug or bowl where you’d normally put your coffee cup and run the machine as normal, dumping the mixture every time the mug fills. Continue doing this until you run out of mixture in the water reservoir. Wash and refill the reservoir, then repeat the process to rinse it out, refilling your container until there’s nothing left in the machine. 

Do not overwork the Keurig. Consider allowing it to rest for a half hour between the descaling process and the rinse. 

How to descale a Nespresso

Nespresso warns that vinegar or any other brand of descaling solution should not be used. You could say this is to encourage you to purchase their products. Still, if you’re nervous, just buy the Nespresso cleaning products. You can find a wide range of…



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