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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


Keurigs and Nespressos are pod-based coffee makers that make it easier to fill the machine, but just like other coffee makers, they can get dirty. Every three months, you should descale the machine to remove any calcium deposits and gunk. You can use vinegar or products that do the job for you.

How to descale Keurig

Pour descale your Keurig, fill the water reservoir half with water and half with white vinegar distilled. 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. 

Don’t overwork your Keurig. Give it a break of 30 minutes between descaling and 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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