How to Put Vinegar in a Keurig Coffee Maker

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The Keurig coffee maker is equipped with a sensor to alert you when mineral buildup is affecting the coffee maker's operation. When this light is lit, it's time to grab the vinegar and run it through your Keurig to clear away the deposits in a process the makers of the Keurig system call descaling. Specific directions for descaling vary by model. The mini model has slightly different directions than the other models.

How to Put Vinegar in a Keurig Coffee Maker
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Things You'll Need

  • Undiluted white vinegar
  • Ceramic cups
Step 1

Empty any water, coffee or K-cups from the coffee maker.

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Step 2

Fill the cold water reservoir with 10 oz. of undiluted white vinegar.

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Step 3

Set a 12 oz. ceramic mug underneath the drip tray.

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Step 4

Lift up the brewer handle. Lower the brewer handle after five seconds and press the "Brew" button to complete the brewing process.

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Step 5

Empty the cup into the sink after the vinegar dispenses.

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Step 6

Pour another 10 oz. of vinegar into the cold water reservoir. Follow the same procedure for brewing, but instead of allowing it to dispense, turn the coffee maker off.

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Step 7

Allow the coffee maker to sit for 30 minutes before turning it back on to dispense the vinegar. Discard the vinegar.

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Step 8

Pour 10 oz. of fresh water into the cold water reservoir to flush the coffee maker. Place the cup on the drip tray and select a brewing cycle to clean the system. Repeat with plain water three times to properly clean the system of any residue, deposits or remaining vinegar.

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Step 1

Empty any water, coffee or K-cups from the coffee maker.

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Step 2

Pour 48 oz. of undiluted white vinegar into the water reservoir.

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Step 3

Place a ceramic mug on the drip tray. Press the "Brew" button to start the brewing cycle. Pour any vinegar dispensed out in a sink. Repeat brewing until the "Add Water" light is activated.

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Step 4

Allow the coffee maker to sit for at least four hours; it should remain on the entire time. Empty any remaining vinegar and rinse out the water reservoir with water.

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Step 5

Fill the water reservoir with fresh water. Place the mug on the drip tray and press "Brew." Repeat brewing the water through the system until the "Add Water" light is lit.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Do not add a K-cup during the decalcification process.
  • Do not use a paper cup when descaling.
  • The coffee maker continues to brew even after the descale light is lit, but if you do not descale it, mineral deposits continue to build up and could damage the coffee maker.

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