No water flow. No coffee drip. Failed motor movement. Yes, the earth stops when your Keurig’s arteries get clogged & no water seems to flow through its heart valve. Questioning whether or not to recycle or return it after years of glorious, instantaneous fresh brewed coffee? Thinking of resorting back to kissing away moments of your life with the steeping process of the French press?
Never fear, here is my CPR protocol for restoring tea and coffee flow to the greatest invention made to wo-man-kind:
1. First you will need an IV bottle of white vinegar, a needle or paperclip, paper towels, an empty cup or mug, & a small red coffee straw (the kind they give you with your coffee at Starbucks). PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR KEURIG IS UNPLUGGED FROM THE WALL OUTLET 🙂
2. Fill the water reservoir 1/3 of the way with water. Shake it for a few seconds. Then let it sit for a few minutes.
3. Please make sure your Keurig is still UNPLUGGED 🙂 Inject the needle or paperclip (unwind the paperclip half way) into the Keurig’s needle openings on the top inside area (above where you would place your glorious K-cup). Debris tends to clog in this area so you just want to de-clog it with the needle or paperclip.
4. Keurig should still be UNPLUGGED 🙂 Take the red straw and place it inside the white water valve that is located behind and at the top of where the water reservoir would go. Cover the other valve with your finger and blow air into the Keurig. I had to do this for several minutes before the arteries began to unclog. As you breathe into the straw at the top, water will come out of the bottom area of where the reservoir would sit. You want to soak this up with a paper towel.
5. Keurig should still be UNPLUGGED 🙂 Time to descale! Add water to the reservoir until it is filled halfway back up with water. Then fill the other half up with vinegar. A 50/50 ratio of water to vinegar is required. Place back into the Keurig. Then place your cup or mug under the spout. Now, plug Keurig into the wall outlet. Brew with the water/vinegar mixture only.
6. If water flow still won’t restore, UNPLUG your Keurig & then remove the reservoir. Repeat steps 3 & 4. Then try step 5 again. If water/vinegar still does not restore, repeat 3 & 4 again. Then try step 5. If it still doesn’t restore water/vinegar flow, don’t give up CPR. Just repeat 3, 4, & 5 until you hear your Keurig start breathing again.
7. When the Keurig starts breathing normally, water/vinegar should eventually start flowing. When it does you want to flow the water/vinegar mixture through your Keurig until the reservoir is empty. Refill the reservoir with the another 50/50 water/vinegar mixture and flow this through until the reservoir is empty again. This should complete the descaling process.
For severe clogs: Total cpr, descaling, and surgery time is approximately 1 hour 🙂
First aid caring for your Keurig can also be done on a yearly, preventative care basis, simply by using the descaling method. I hope this helps to alleviate any concern and/or thoughts you might have of recycling or returning yours. Have a beautiful weekend! xoxo ~Kelle