Everyone loves the taste of a quick and delicious cup of coffee. And, the best way to get that is your coffee maker. Namely, a Keurig Mini, which is probably one of the best coffee makers out there.
Now, chances are, if you’re reading this, you already own one of these beautiful machines. So I won’t get into details.
You’re here for something else. It’s probably because your coffee feels stale. That’s because grime has accumulated inside the bowels of the machine.
Don’t worry! That’s just because of regular use. Coffee collects in the pipes and slowly it can become more than just a stain.
How to Clean A Keurig Mini?
You’re confused and you’re wary. You might damage it if you try on your own. Don’t worry, I’m here to help. Here is a step-by-step procedure on how to do exactly that.
Before I talk about cleaning a Keurig mini brewer, however, here are a couple of things that you should do. These preparation steps are definitely important. You should obviously make sure that you follow them through.
They are detailed as follows.
Unplug the Machine
This should be a no-brainer. Never work with the machine plugged in. In particular, when you work with water, it is especially hazardous. You could risk receiving a nasty electric shock. Coffee makers don’t carry a particularly powerful current, but it can still be dangerous, especially if you are handling water.
The water and electricity combination is also bad news for your machine. A short circuit, albeit a very annoying predicament, isn’t the biggest of your concerns. The water might cause the entire circuitry to combust and melt. That will cause irreparable damage and permanently harm your device.
Prepare the Water
While it might not be recommended for other electronics, you can use water to clean this. You just have to be careful. Make sure that the water is a little warm. It should be lukewarm and not too hot. As a precaution, again, remember to turn the power off before you do anything with water.
Get The Vinegar
So how do you clean a Keurig mini with vinegar?
You don’t use that on the exterior. Absolutely not. What you have to do is have it run through the bowels of the machine. The vinegar is to dissolve the grime that has been deposited on the inner workings of the machine. It’ll clean everything out.
Now that you are done with preparations, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of the task. Here is a detailed and simplified, step-by-step procedure on cleaning a Keurig mini coffee maker.
Make Sure that Power Is off
This is essential. For your own safety, and for the well-being of your coffee maker, make sure that the power is off.
Double-check. Pull the plug right out just to be safe. Electricity and water mixed together are always a recipe for disaster and even for lethal accidents. Always remember that safety comes first.
Clean the Tray
First things first, we’ll be starting with the tray. The drip tray is there to collect any liquid that drips off the cup. Your job is to clean the tray.
Use the aforementioned lukewarm water to clean. You need to get this out of the way first. It’s easy and takes little time.
To clean, take a cotton cloth, felt, or piece of rayon. Dip it in the lukewarm water and soak it properly. Then, gently use it to wipe the tray and clean it. Take your time and effectively clean it to get rid of any smudges or smears that might come from any spilled fluids.
Let the tray dry and put it back on.
Clean the Exterior
The same rules apply here too. Clean the exterior just as you clean the drip tray. Make sure to do the exterior only. Be gentle about it. Any pressure on the machine is to be avoided.
Don’t try to clean the nooks and crannies. Chances are water might drip inside. And we all know what that can cause.
Afterward, make sure it is fully dry.
Replace the Cupholder
Now that we are done with wiping, we have to replace the cupholder. Separate the funnel. Clean the needle and then replace the cupholder.
Since external cleaning is complete, let’s move on to internal cleaning. The internal chamber, where the coffee is made and flows out, is waterproof. In fact, it’s fluid-proof. Therefore, you need not worry about getting water, or any other chemical for that matter all over the insides of your machine.
The vinegar comes in here. Yes, just like how you brew the coffee, put the vinegar in, plug the thing back on and let it brew. It should clean out all the dirt with it. Vinegar has acidic properties and as such, it can unbind particles and grime that’s lodged into the innards of the coffee maker.
Wait! It’s not over yet. The next thing you’re going to do is put the vinegar in again. Turn on the machine again. Let the brewery do its thing and plug as soon as the vinegar is beginning to be dispensed.
Now you let it stay. It’s sort of like soaking. Keep the vinegar inside the machine for twelve hours.
In this time, the vinegar will do its magic and dislodge every bit of grime and dirt from the bowels of your machine. After the time has transpired, let the vinegar dispense out.
The hard cleaning is over. Pour water over into the brewer and brew again. Repeat this at least three times to make sure that all the vinegar has been washed out of the coffee maker.
I hope that you enjoyed reading this guide. Reading this should teach you how to clean a Keurig mini brewer.
Good luck. May you enjoy the delight of coffee at home once again.