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The Keurig Cleaning Method You Won’t Find In The Manual

We’ve been enjoying our new Keurig 2.0 for almost a full month now, and we are hooked!  Hot chocolate for the kids and hubby and coffee and tea for me, all on tap.  It’s awesome!

However, lately I was noticing black gunk coming out of the Keurig, even while we were only making hot water.  It didn’t look like coffee grounds, and it was more than a little gross.  What I discovered is that it was actually the dried residue of previous cups of coffee, hot chocolate and cappucino brewed with the machine.  The design of the brew basket actually traps remnants of the brewed drinks along the way. 

I finally found a video explaining how to dismantle the brew basket and clean inside, but here’s the thing.  I couldn’t find anything about it on the Keurig website or in the manual.  I guess we were supposed to figure it out ourselves …?

So I made my own video explaining it.  Scroll down further for the written instructions with pictures.


How To Clean a Keurig 2.0 Brew Basket


  1. Unplug your Keurig Brewer (safety first!).20160125_14264320160125_142716
  2. Grasp either side of the brew basket (where the K-Cup goes) and pull up firmly.20160125_142729
  3. 20160125_142804 Press the tabs on either side of the brew basket.  The inner section will pop up.  Separate the two pieces completely.20160125_142815
  4. Now pull the third piece out of the brewer.  It will just slide right out.20160125_142844 20160125_142853
  5. Soak all three pieces in hot soapy water and scrub with a long bristle brush.  There are lots of nooks and crannies to get into, but make sure to keep your fingers away from the needle in the K-Cup holder section.  You can take this opportunity to clean out the needle itself with a paperclip.  Watch the video to see an easy way to access the needle.
  6. Rinse each piece well, dry them, and then place back into the Keurig 2.0 in the same order you removed them.  Easy peasy!

That’s all there is to it! 

Now why couldn’t they have put these instructions in the manual?!

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Megan is a WAHM to 3 (and then some) kids, who spends the majority of her time working as an Administrative Assistant, blogging and washing dishes. She loves to write about her adventures in parenting, running a home daycare, adoption and whatever else strikes her fancy!


  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    I have had my Keurig for 3 years and never cleaned it once. But then again, I don’t get black gunk coming out of mine.

  2. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    Thanks so much for sharing this. My machine has been getting cruddy, and I’ve been at a loss as to what to do about it.
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  3. Jeanette

    Well that looks simple enough! We don’t have a Keurig, so I have no idea what it takes to clean it, but this looks like its simple!
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  4. Kelli @ 3 Boys and a Dog

    This definitely was not in the manual! We threw ours out, thinking that it had mold in it that we couldn’t clean! We would run hot water and vinegar through it repetitively. I wish I had saw this earlier! Thanks for sharing! ~MS

  5. Sicorra@NotNowMomsBusy

    Yes, I too noticed when making myself a cup of hot chocolate with our machine that there was some sort of build up in the machine. I did not take it all apart like you did, but instead I ran through buckets of hot water until it ran clear. We really should take it apart though and give it a good clean as you show here.
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  6. Miles L.

    Wow! You’re really great in finding ways on how to clean your coffee machine. I learned so many things.

  7. alexandria

    I used to run a little bit of vinegar through mine. I just got rid of mine… I stopped using it.

  8. Erica Brooks

    I just got a Keurig. This method will come in handy when it’s time to clean it.
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  9. Katalina @ Peas & Peonies

    I am about to give my machine a good clean up, this is so helpful, thanks for sharing!
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  10. lisa

    This looks easy enough! I am definitely cleaning my Keurig tomorrow! Thanks for the info!
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  11. Jessica Simms

    I need to clean mine asap! I didn’t realize it was so easy to do it and oh so needed for my machine.
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  12. Valerie

    This is great information for Keurig owners! I’ll be sure to share with my friends that have one.

  13. victoria

    Sound like a great cleaning method. I want to have this

  14. Ron Leyba

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing this method to all of us. Appreciated indeed!
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  15. Bonnie @wemake7

    I gave my dad my Keurig last week because he needed one for his office. I have to let him know about this.

  16. Melissa

    I still have not tried this machine out just yet. It looks great and I think my mom would love this one too!

  17. OurFamilyWorld

    I don’t have a Keurig, but these are awesome tips. I will share this with my sister.
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  18. Chubskulit Rose

    This is an awesome tip! I have no keurig but this is really helpful to those who have it.
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  19. Ann Bacciaglia

    I definitely need to trey this. It looks like a nice easy way to clean a Keurig.

  20. Crystal Lopez

    I have a Keurig and love it! This is a wonderful tip and I can’t wait to give it a try to clean mine up!

  21. Kathy

    Thanks for this! We have a couple different Keurig brewers and it can be a pain to try to wash the whole thing. I’ll try out this tip.

  22. Chrystal | Nevermore Lane

    When we had our Keurig machine we had to clean it every few months because we had hard well water and it would get gunky rather quickly because of the water reservoir in the coffee machine.

  23. Nicole

    We still have the first model Keurig, still works, but sometimes it shoots in a weird direction, I’m afraid its going to burn me one of these mornings. I wonder if a good cleaning will help that!

  24. Jesica H

    Seems from the comments, not many new about this! That is sad, it should be in the manual!

  25. Julie (xfallenmoon)

    I don’t have a keurig but I enjoyed your video! I always love watching videos. 🙂

  26. Emma Spellman

    My Keriug looks a little different and I use vinegar. This is awesome for people that have a 2.0 machine. I think we may have gotten this model for my mother in law. I will have to check with her. Thanks. 🙂

  27. Rebecca Swenor

    This is indeed a great video and instructions on how to clean the Keurig which so many people have now day. I don’t have one but my sons do so I will have to share this with them for sure. It is indeed awesome you did this for everyone. Thanks for the video.

  28. Digna

    This is interesting, I will keep this in mind. Ours just died a few days ago and we are shopping for a new one!

  29. HilLesha

    I gave my Keurig to my mom awhile back. However, I will definitely have to share this cleaning method with her. Thanks for sharing!
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  30. Marielle Altenor

    Ah Well this is good to know for sure. I don’ have a Keurig, as a matter of fact, my coffee machine died on me a few weeks ago so I have been making coffee the old school way…with a non electric coffee maker ( I forget the name of it).
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