How to Clean a Single-Cup (Keurig) Coffee Maker

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We are deadly serious about our coffee around here. Those of you who have been following us for awhile know that you’ll find a coffee maker and an espresso machines on my kitchen counter, plus all the accompanying accessories.

How to clean a single cup (Keurig) coffee maker with a steamer steam cleaner | 11 Magnolia Lane

Even though I’ll wipe my machines down with a sponge daily, they still get kind of nasty over time, which isn’t surprising given how heavily we use them. A sponge just can’t get into all the nooks and crannies, either.

How to clean a single cup (Keurig) coffee maker with a steamer steam cleaner | 11 Magnolia Lane

Today I decided to try my new Wagner Power Steamer 915 (learn more here or buy here) on my sticky and well-used Keurig coffee maker. The 915 comes with all kinds of accessories so you can use it for everything from cleaning grout to removing wallpaper, so I figured it would be up to the task of getting my coffee flowing freely again.

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The first step was to fill the water reservoir. While you can use tap water in the 915, I try to always use distilled water since we have hard water.

How to clean a single cup (Keurig) coffee maker with a steamer steam cleaner | 11 Magnolia Lane

The nylon and wire brushes are stored conveniently inside the unit; I was going to use the nylon brush for this task but (spoiler alert!) in the end, the steam nozzle was more than sufficient to clean without any scrubbing.

How to clean a single cup (Keurig) coffee maker with a steamer steam cleaner | 11 Magnolia Lane

While the unit was warming up and generating steam, I filled the coffee maker’s water tank full of half white vinegar, half water. I ran that mixture through the machine until the tank was empty, then rinsed the tank and filled it with tap water, and then ran another four tankfuls through to be sure all the vinegar was gone.

How to clean a single cup (Keurig) coffee maker with a steamer steam cleaner | 11 Magnolia Lane

Then I used the steamer to tackle the sticky, dry coffee spatters that were everywhere.

How to clean a single cup (Keurig) coffee maker with a steamer steam cleaner | 11 Magnolia Lane

Another really hard to clean place on our coffee maker is the top where the coffee pods are inserted; there are so many small spaces where coffee granules collect. The needle that punctures the coffee pod can get clogged, too, and steam is a great way to clean it out. Don’t forget to put a coffee cup underneath to catch all the dirty water that drips out!

How to clean a single cup (Keurig) coffee maker with a steamer steam cleaner | 11 Magnolia Lane

While my newer unit doesn’t have a pool of standing water to get nasty, I also like to sterilize around the bottom of the water tank.

How to clean a single cup (Keurig) coffee maker with a steamer steam cleaner | 11 Magnolia Lane

The last step is to wipe down the exterior with a clean, damp cloth.

How to clean a single cup (Keurig) coffee maker with a steamer steam cleaner | 11 Magnolia Lane

Now it’s sparkling clean and ready to get back to work!

How to clean a single cup (Keurig) coffee maker with a steamer steam cleaner | 11 Magnolia Lane

We love to brew iced tea, apple cider, and other non-coffee drinks in our Keurig and if the inside isn’t clean then everything is tinged with coffee taste. This is a great, chemical-free solution and it only takes a few minutes.

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