How can I descale my Keurig K-Cup brewer?

by Selena
(Granbury, Texas)

Spanking my Keurig Brewer

Spanking my Keurig Brewer


QUESTION:

I have a Keurig B60 coffee maker and the display is telling me to descale the brewer. But it doesn't tell me how! What do I do?

ANSWER:

Selena, hi

We have a Keurig B60 ourselves and were stumped when we first saw that message on the brewer.

There are a number of ways to descale a brewer, the least expensive being to run some vinegar through the machine a couple of times, and then run cold water through a few more times to rinse it.

However, simply trying to clear the lines often doesn't work. And as you will see from the many comments below, by far the most reliable way to get your Keurig brewer working again is the "Slap and Burp" method.

Here is how you do it.

First, unplug the brewer and remove both the water reservoir and drip tray.

Next, hold the brewer upside down over the sink and slap the base a few times. And I mean really slap it.

Now put everything back together and try brewing again. Most of the time this works with a couple of good slaps. If not, try it again.

And don't worry, there are no laws against giving your Keurig a good slapping!

Good luck!

Related pages about Keurig brewers and K-cups…

Can I still get one of the original Keurig brewers, like the B40 Elite?

How many times can I use the same K-Cup?

Is the plastic used in Keurig K-Cups safe?

Can I recycle my Keurig K-Cups?

Static shock "killed" my Keurig!

If you have lost patience with your Keurig, here are some alternative single-serve brewers to explore...

The Tassimo T55 Single Cup Home Brewing System.

Nespresso Machines are automatic espresso makers, using capsules.

Verismo brewers – Starbucks coffee makers for single-serve coffee lovers.

The BUNN MCU Single Cup Multi-Use Brewer.

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Aug 24, 2015
Crazy fix
by: Grandma

I was just cleaning mine out with vinegar when it stopped running the vinegar through. So I tried spanking it. Had to do it a few times. it would start working then stop again, so beat on it some more. it is now working great. I am a happy Grandma. Thanks for the tip, who ever discovered it.

Aug 23, 2015
Holy Sh**!! It works!
by: Rico Ruiz

I have tried everything EXCEPT this ridiculous solution of "slapping and burping". After 6 or 7 years of using the B40 flawlessly, I came to terms with the fact that it was broken and needs to be replaced. I decided to try the slap and burp and I'm amused and shocked! I've brewed 6 cups today and it seems to be working like the first time I used it. Thanks for the tip!

Aug 23, 2015
thanks
by: Cheryl

thank you for the burp your keurig advice! I'm back to brewing!!!

Aug 21, 2015
Great Advice
by: Capt Lance

The Spanking worked like a charm.... Thank you!

Aug 16, 2015
Like...WOW !
by: The Martins

I love my husband and tho I don't drink coffee myself, I enjoy getting him a cup...however, I was starting to despise standing there for over 8 minutes to get a cup.....I descaled and everything I knew to do. ....then I came across your site ! Reminded me of growing up and slapping the television sometimes.
I just got my hubby a fresh cup in under 15 seconds !
Thank you SOOOO MUCH !

Aug 15, 2015
Shouldn't work but does
by: Anonymous

turned my keurig upside down gave it a dozen or so hard slaps, it burped up some water when it turned back on then brewed a full cup for the first time in a week. Descaling message also went away.

Aug 13, 2015
Not a Joke; This really works!
by: Michelle B.

First the boss says "the coffee maker is only brewing a half cup." Then the machine was reading descale. I had no idea what to do so my google search led me here and I'm so glad it did. I cleaned the components. Gave it a few good slaps. Plugged it back in and voila...brewing like a champ.

Aug 11, 2015
it worked like magic
by: Anonymous

Saw the flashing sign descale, use the trick, hit it on the bottom, it works now.

Aug 10, 2015
Saved Mom from a duplicate purchase!
by: Lottie & Dee (Sisters Savers)

My sister and I wanted to save my mother from buying yet ANOTHER coffee maker that she wouldn't take care of. Needless to say her Keurig was displaying all the normal "failing" symptom and in true parental fashion she dropped it off for my sister to fix. She and I scoured the web for the right answers because the paperclips and cleaning didn't work. Low and behold I stumbled upon the Detective! Thank you Detective and everyone below with you help and encouraging comments.

Aug 08, 2015
Lifesaver
by: Anonymous

Was in a panic as it was 0600 when the machine wouldn't brew. It took a few good whacks (I did in the back yard to avoid waking the family). Enjoying a hot cup of coffee as I write this. Thank you.

Aug 07, 2015
Yes, it works
by: Anonymous

Did the above procedure about a year ago and still brewing as good as ever. Thanks. 😀😀

Aug 06, 2015
Amazing!
by: Michael B

We've been having problems with our Keurig brewing half cups or less and taking several minutes for one cup. Running vinegar through it didn't seem to help. I found this site, spanked it a dozen or so times. It now works like new! Thank you!

Aug 05, 2015
Really...spank it?
by: Anonymous

There is nothing worse than getting up in the morning and finding your Keurig isn't working! What a way to start your day! Since this is about the 4th brewer we've owned, I know all the usual tricks, paperclip, vinegar, etc. and honestly just thought I would go buy another one. Got on the internet to see what was on sale when I ran across this blog. Sat here reading and couldn't believe that spanking my brewer would do the trick. But then, what did I have to lose by following what everyone else had done? Off to the kitchen I went, turned my brewer over and gave it a few whacks. Turned it on and could hear that it was trying to pull in the water like it normally does. Got a few trickles of water in the cup. Hmmm...let's try a bit more harder spank and see what happens. Gave it a good pounding and turned it on and it sounded almost normal and produced about half a cup of water. Well, alrighty then, let me just beat the crap out of it now and see if that does the job. Well, like a charm, my brewer started right up and produced a fast, full cup of hot water! Made my coffee and am sitting here feeling so smart and thrifty. Thank you very much for the bit of knowledge you provided and saving my wallet and sanity.

Aug 04, 2015
I had doubts, you had a solution.
by: Daniel H

I have an Office Pro, it sat for two months when I went home from school for summer. Came back and it was not brewing (despite it reading that it was).

Tried your method; gave it 8-10 wallops on the bottom and sides, turned it back over, and on its next brew, it dispensed about 3x the amount of hot water, overflowing my cup and bathing my floor in hot pumped glory.

I wasn't confident in this solution, but it worked. Thanks a lot!

Aug 03, 2015
Yes; it worked!
by: Anonymous

Another happy caffeine addict skeptic! Worked the first time. Thanks!

Aug 02, 2015
Spanking Method
by: Judy

I was as skeptical as many of the other posters, but decided to try it anyway. Low and behold, so far, IT WORKED! Brewed several cups of clear water, one after the other. Thank you for your suggestion!!

Jul 28, 2015
Amazing tip
by: Monet Amazing

Keurig read DESCALE and would do nothing but hum. Of course I only had about cup of vinegar left in my gallon bottle (because I use it so often to clean bird baths, water fountains etc.) so I poured it in and added water. No go. Cleaned all the parts with toothbrush and paperclip, but still nothing would work. Found this site out of desperation (any coffee drinker knows that feeling)and wasn't surprised to find the next best de-scaler is lemon juice. Only had a squeeze container lemon, so combined it with water in reservoir that was set aside. Then tried the resuscitation method of "spanking" the unplugged, upturned machine over sink about 10 times. Plugged back in, returned the reservoir to machine and turned on: Voila, it now read BREWING and is "de-scaling" with a diluted combination of lemon juice and water. But, the definite trick was the "spanking"! Absoulutely amazing.

Jul 28, 2015
Drinking Hot Coffee Now!
by: Anonymous

I had a colony of ants take up residence in my machine 3 years ago and I have had occasional problems ever since. It would always eventually work and I just figured the ants did something to the controls during their stay. Found your page this AM and decided WTF I'll give the slap a try. I had to get medieval on it but now I'm a happy caffeine ed camper. It works!

Jul 27, 2015
Spanking Works!!
by: Mary An

Was skeptical about spanking, but it would not work so I thought why not. That did the trick!! Thanks Kuerig!!!

Jul 27, 2015
REALLY WORKS!!
by: Anonymous

I really didn't think this woould work. My Keurig would make a funny sound but not pour out coffee. After 6 hard slaps, it works like a charm :)

Jul 27, 2015
Still not work for me
by: Anonymous

Tried everything still don't work, something like there was a water inside of it

Jul 26, 2015
spank you Keurig
by: Janet

tried everything....vinegar, cleaning, sticking a pin in the brewing thing, unplugging for while....then I read this and turned it over and spanked the heck out of it in frustration.....worked like a charm!!!! Thanks!

Jul 26, 2015
Wow!
by: Anonymous

I can't believe it but it worked!

Jul 24, 2015
Stunned
by: Anonymous

I was about 10 minutes from going to buy a new one, then I spanked that naughty child. I seriously cannot believe that this worked. I never post on forums like this, but I seriously owe you a big thanks.

Jul 22, 2015
thanks
by: Anonymous

Thanks worked great! I tapped it before then read this and I slammed it on the counter like 6 times and now it runs like new!

Jul 21, 2015
I was desperate
by: Anonymous

Amazing trick, worked on second try. I was skeptical but desperate so gave it a try. Thanks

Jul 21, 2015
Thank You
by: Anonymous

Thank you thank you it worked, my machine wanted me to De Scale but would not run so I tried it and it worked!!! No more a skeptic

Jul 16, 2015
Who would have thought?
by: Michelle

My Mini Keurig is only 7 months old, so I was pretty ticked off this morning when I went to make my cup o' joe, and it wasn't working. I tried the paper clip, descale, & emptying the hot water tank methods..nothing worked! Luckily, came across this site, after a few "weak whacks", i tried again. No results. Finally out of frustration, I turned the thing upside and gave it about 10 strong, angry smacks, and I have a FULL cup of coffee! Thanks!

Jul 14, 2015
Pot
by: Anonymous

YeP that worked thanks !!!!

Jul 11, 2015
Another happy spanker!
by: Anonymous

Yet another skeptic for whom spanking worked like a charm! My Keurig wouldn't brew at all and then the descale message came on, but you can't descale if the thing won't run.

So I googled, and found this. How could ALL these commenters be wrong? So I unplugged my Keurig, gave it a good spanking (about 10-12 hard hits on the bottom) and it worked first time after I plugged it back in. I bet this is a secret Keurig would rather you didn't know! ;)

Jul 07, 2015
Spanking Worked!
by: Tom

Hi,
My power went out this morning very abruptly, even waking me up. When it came back on, my Keurig had the little wait sign in the lower right corner of the display. It's been on all day, even though I've unplugged it for a long period of time.

Out of desperation, I found this site and followed the instructions religiously. I've been a life-long computer person, hardware and software. This spanking process, advocated here, seems to violate all that I know. Anyway, it worked! Now the thing is back in pre-heating mode and will probably come back to life.

I would never have thought it. Good job to those who discovered the spanking process.

Jul 07, 2015
Would never have believed it!
by: TV

Add me to the list of "slappers". After descaling, paper clip etc. still getting half a cup if that, so what I did after slapping in on the bottom and getting no results, I lifted if up off the counter about 5 inches and slammed the bottom down 3 or 4 times really hard, I mean really hard, thinking I had nothing to lose since it wasn't working anyways-lo and behold put water in it, hit the button and voila-IT NOW WORKS! Don't fall for the Keurig's customer service rep. that you have to buy a new one at a 20% discount!!!!!!

Jul 06, 2015
Great!
by: Anonymous

This seems to be the trick- it seems a valve wouldn't prime and I guess this does it. I used to shake the machine to get it going but it wasn't always successful. I descale regularly but sometimes the machine seems to forget who it is and stop anyway. His seems to be the charm, albeit awkward!

Jul 06, 2015
It works!
by: Dontdieonme

This works!!!! Nothing was helping my poor keurig and all the lights were flashing angrily at me but this method put all that to rest and it's back to normal!

Jul 04, 2015
Corollary
by: ashtu

This is a corollary to the well-known mechanics' maxim of "If at first you don't succeed, get a bigger hammer!"
And it worked great! Thank you!

(My Keurig does not thank you. It wants to press charges for coffee abuse.)

Jul 03, 2015
Spank Method
by: Steve

Like many commentators I had tried everything to resolve the flow problem on my Keurig. The vinegar and paper clips were not helping. After reading this information I tried the spanking method and it did not work the first time. I decided to give it one more try with a little more force and it worked. Thank you so much😎

Jul 01, 2015
SImply amazing!
by: Anonymous

my family laughed at me......but my coffee pot works! Thanks!

Jun 30, 2015
Thank You! Thank You!!!
by: FrustratedCoffeeGirl

I was really sceptic about this, but first time, tap, tap, tap.....argh.....NOTHING..... Tried again a lil more bang bang bang.....argh....still nothing....out with the old wood meat tenderizer with a folded towel....rap rap rap..... Squirt squirt....argh!!!! Unplugged for the I lost count...flipped that baby over again, beat that thing, wow, what a way to get rid of frustration.....gazinga....finally.... Thank You for your suggestion....now I need a coffee break!!!!!!!

Jun 29, 2015
It Works!
by: lisac

descale instructions still left an inch of water in my cup; "spanked" the bottom of the Keurig, and presto, have a full cup of vinegar!
Thanks!!

Jun 26, 2015
OMG
by: Anonymous

This worked! I am on my second Keurig and this one stopped working too. I smacked the bottom 10 times and she started right up!!! Thank you for the tip!!

Jun 22, 2015
The Spanking Method
by: Anonymous

I had cleaned the needles, descaled, and was still only getting partial cups.

Out of frustration and desperation I put it over the sink and gave it a good beating!

Low and behold it is working normally.

Add my two cents to the spank it crowd!

Thanks!

Jun 21, 2015
Not usually violent but...
by: Anonymous

I don't drink coffee but my husband does. He said the Keurig wasn't working.

I googled and your site suggested spanking.

My husband thought I was crazy when I told him I was going to spank it.

When I plugged it back in and it worked he started laughing. Now he is laughing with a cup of coffee in his hand!

Jun 20, 2015
Wow
by: Anonymous

I just bought a new one. I thought my old now broke, and just before I was going to throw it in the trash, I just thought I would check online, and found this information. I tried it, still thinking it won't work, but it works! Now what am I going to to do with this new one….

Jun 20, 2015
Don't ignore this advice! It works
by: Molly

Thank you , thank you, thank you!!

Jun 18, 2015
THANK YOU
by: Anonymous

Omg I am so happy!! Shocked but happy!! We tried all the other ideas online. I was about to toss it when I came across your info! Hubs turned it over and gave it about 15 smacks. I gave it five or ten more for good measure ;) To my complete happiness when I plugged her in, she worked!! Thank you stranger from the internet, you ROCK!!! ♤♤♤

Jun 18, 2015
Another Magical Repair!!
by: Frank NJ

I solved this problem early on with a couple good bangs on top. This last episode I was unable to get the machine to brew. I found your article on the Slap & Burp technique, gave it the old Marine Corps try and it now works better then ever. Thanks for your help.

Jun 18, 2015
Can this be true?!
by: Tera

My Keurig K 79 platinum Brewer has been on the decline for months! It was taking four or five Bruce cycles just to get a decent cup of coffee! I had The scaled multiple times, dismantled the internal components to try to clear out the lines, you name it I tried it! I never would've thought flipping the thing over and giving it a good whack would be the solution!

I must say after following these instructions, my machine made a horrible noise after plugging it back in and starting a brew cycle! I thought I had put the final nail in the coffin so to speak. Not a big deal I had already been pricing new machines, however, after sitting for just a few minutes my machine is working beautifully again! And just in time for dessert!
THANK YOU!

Jun 18, 2015
All Burped Up and Ready to Go!
by: Stacy L

Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant! My husband unplugged our Keurig K-Cup brewer because it was filling up coffee up half way. He noticed the "descale" light illuminated~I went online to find out what the descale button meant and I ran across this.

I read the reviews and we gave it a shot! All I can say is, "thank you for saving me a $150 because I was all ready to go buy another coffee maker and not a Keurig!

All is well!

Jun 16, 2015
Keurig Abuse
by: DAndrew

Thank God for your slapping suggestion for a Keurig misbehaving. I was skeptical at first since I spent a lot of trying to clear the needle. Then I tried to run a solution through but the damn machine wouldn't cooperate. So, I turned it upside down and slapped the crap out of it. Put everything back together and filled it with water! IT WORKED on the very first attempt. I didn't even have to use harsh expletives! So, Keurig misbehaving? Slap it!

Jun 15, 2015
Thankful for this tip!!
by: Anonymous

I can't believe this actually worked. My Keurig hasn't worked for days. No water was being drawn into the reservoir and I had no idea what to do.
Came across the site and figured what the heck, may as well.
10 good smacks on the bottom and it started working again right away!

Jun 14, 2015
Wheres my Coffee?
by: Anonymous

All of a sudden my Keurig wouldn't work. I thought it might be because of the power surge, and scoured the internet for things to try to get my coffeemaker up, and running. I found this site, and thought why not give it a try. It would make the sound like it was making coffee, but nothing would come out. Flipped the bad baby over, five or six spanks. I tried it again, and that cup over flowed with a cup of Joe. Thanks again for your suggestion. I thought I would be without my keurig.

Jun 13, 2015
Just BEAT it!
by: Anonymous

I was at my wit's end. I had descaled my Keurig three times in a week. Finally it wouldn't move any water at all. I read your article and thought what the heck? I did NOT want to get one of the new 2.0 versions after hearing all the trouble people were having.

I flipped that sucker over and beat it like a red-headed step child (apologies to any red=headed step children). It worked!

The important part is that I was able to make my wife her morning coffee even though it was a few hours late. She loved it!!

Jun 13, 2015
A quick beautiful fix!
by: Anonymous

Thanks! Few good slaps and brewing like new.

Jun 13, 2015
Use the rubber mallet!
by: Anonymous

Had this problem a few times, I used the rubber mallet and now it works great! The key is to hit it hard, my wife complained that I wasn't hitting hard enough, then she told me hit hard like Fifty Shades of Grey hard!!

Coffee is on!

Jun 11, 2015
UNBELIEVABLE!!
by: Anonymous

Thought this was crazy Maybe a joke. Kind of like tying a string around your head for a headache. Though I was desperate, so I decided to try it a few times. it didn't work.I tried one more time leaving it upside down in sink and slapping hard every time I walked by for about 10 minutes. IT WORKED! I may have broke my hand but it was worth it,;} THANKS!!!!!

Jun 09, 2015
Engineering flaw
by: Anonymous

It seems to me that there is an engineering flaw with the 2.0. Why are they continuing to sell these things. Aren't they losing money? We had our 2.0 300 for on week using it twice a day before it had this problem. Get a clue, Keurig!

Jun 06, 2015
the paper clip cleaning method
by: al

Some have recommended to use a paper clip to clean the nozzle. DO NOT USE A PAPER CLIP. You will possibly rupture the soft plastic elbow above the spout, and you will get an internal leak. It will temporarily work, but it will eventually destroy your unit with a slow leak dripping internally on the components. Use a blunt plastic toothpick or something similar. The real culprit that stops flow totally is the pressure valve located under the hood of your unit, and if you remove the screws that holds the top on (mine is a k60), that you can see when you open your unit, remove the top, and squeeze this valve, it will start flowing again, and then you can run your vinegar through the unit.

Jun 05, 2015
Spanking worked
by: Paula

Wow!!! Who knew that slapping a Keurig could be so effective!!! Finally, I have a cup of coffee and it actually ran through the whole brewing process! Thanks for sharing!!

Jun 02, 2015
IT REALLY WORKS!!!!!
by: Anonymous

I had the same problem. And I was really angry. I followed the instructions (I slapped it 20 times) and now I enjoying a great (decaffeinated) cup of coffee. You guys rock!!!!

Jun 01, 2015
Genius!
by: Jamie

I did not get a descale message. Mine just stopped producing water/coffee. Annoyed at prospect of buying a new Keurig, I figured I may as well try spanking it (as my daughters laughed at me). Boom! (Or rather, slap!) it works! Thank you so much!

May 28, 2015
Works
by: Anonymous

Worked for me. Was getting nothing. Even the pump wasn't working. Just 3-4 spanks and now it works fine. Thanks.

May 28, 2015
Thank you!!!
by: Jessica

I was about to buy a new one until I came across your site. This method worked like a charm!!

May 26, 2015
Burping it worked brilliantly!
by: Anonymous

Thank you for having shared the results of your experimentation, success.
It worked for me with results better than I had anticipated. I'm enjoying a fresh cuppa right now.

May 24, 2015
Dude...
by: Anonymous

Like several others, I was skeptical. But because I was also desperate, I tried your suggestion. And now I'm happily descaling. THANKS!

May 22, 2015
It worked!
by: David P

I'm amazed, it worked! Was getting the Descale message even after doing a couple of vinegar treatments. Short fills with just a trickle of coffee. Now it's working great!

May 20, 2015
Burping my Keurig ..
by: dr george pollard

Hi ... this method worked perfectly. I left the machine up-side-down in the sink, for a while, whacking it's bottom every time I went buy. Now, my coffee tastes better than before. Thanks so much. dgp

May 16, 2015
It really works
by: Anonymous

Amazing!!! It works!

May 16, 2015
I can't believe it worked
by: Rhonda

Last night I had guests over to the house ... all wanted coffee ... all of a sudden the Cusinart for Keurig did not pump at all.

I tried everything. I was ready to get rid of the machine and get a new one.

I can across this site and I said ... NO WAY ... this is crazy ... SLAP AND BURP ... but I unplugged the machine and I did have to slap it a good 30 times ... and low and behold I can't believe the machine works.

This is just crazy ... but thank you so much. I am now in the process of de-scaling. Hope I don't screw it up ...

May 13, 2015
Are You Kidding Me?
by: Marla

My Keurig was very slow this morning (like me :)) and it said to descale. I asked Siri how to descale and she gave me your site. What the heck, a lot easier than doing the vinegar/water exercise. Gave the maker about 15 good slaps and it is as good as new! Reminds me of my father shaking the old TV to get it to work. Thanks so much! Saved me a lot of aggravation and money!

May 09, 2015
Worked like a charm, Selena!!
by: Tracy Ann

I just want to say "Thank You!!" to you for posting this Selena. When I brewed my coffee this morning, the machine was sluggish and sounded weird, then after my coffee was done brewing, the De-stress message popped up, and I panicked! I did a Google voice search about the De-scaling message, and I saw your post. I turned my Keurig over, beat it 12 times, brewed another beverage, and it worked like it was new again!! Your method worked like a charm!! Now I won't have to get a new Keurig! !

May 08, 2015
It really worked!!
by: Paul

Wow, it really worked. I was ready to throw my Keurig away, when I saw spanking/burping to descale. I had no problem giving it a few real good whacks and low and behold its working like new.

By the way, vinegar was an epic fail.

Thanks Nick. Great advice, Great website.

May 05, 2015
awesome tip
by: Anonymous

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

May 04, 2015
This worked, thank you!
by: Catherine

This worked on a four or five (?) year old Keurig.
It wasn't pumping in any water at all and the screen wasn't lighting up except in menu mode.
Had to pound it about 30 times, then scary almost black water came out on first run.
Now de scaling with vinegar.
Miracle fix, can't believe it!

May 04, 2015
Still won't work
by: Anonymous

Did it all - - water still will not take the vinegar and run through. Is it broken?

May 01, 2015
It actually Worked!!
by: Mike G

I was ready to buy a new Keurig but this really worked. I'm glad I tried it.

Apr 30, 2015
Coffee Detective Rocks!
by: Anonymous

Got the ominous "descale" message and it stopped making java. Immediately went to the interweb and lucked up on this site first. Smacked that sucker 10 good ones, and it got the message and works fine. THANKS SO MUCH for saving me time and frustration!!

Apr 30, 2015
I don't have a kid to burp, but this is a great replacement
by: Lucy

Thank you, Coffee Detective! My Cuisinart Keurig doesn't need to be descaled anymore, thanks to the slap and burp technique! Notification went off the screen immediately.

Apr 26, 2015
😱
by: NESW

Holy mackerel! It worked! It really worked! I've done the vinegar thing with my previous Keurig and had to repeat it multiple times for it to work. However, this method, a few smacks from my hubby, plugged it in, and wham, bam, thank you coffe detective, we've got coffee!

Apr 25, 2015
Its WORKS, wow)))
by: Peter

Thank you, the best solution.

Apr 25, 2015
It worked!
by: Bob

Thanks for the guidance, my machine works fine now.

Apr 24, 2015
Marg
by: Margaret

Amazing! I tried the vinegar with no success.
I found your site and gave my Keurigs bottom a few spanks and it was back to normal immediately.
Thanks

Apr 20, 2015
wow
by: Linda

i wish I had visited this site when my old one acted up. I was getting 4 oz instead of 8. Spanking was the winner with a little poking at the needle which I thought had 2 holes not 3. All fixed now!, thanks for all the tips☕️☕️☕️

Apr 19, 2015
I can't. Believe this worked!
by: Anonymous

I'm amazed that it worked. I was so pissed that I thought my machine broke.
Thanks!

Apr 19, 2015
Shut the front door!!
by: Stacy

I smacked that sucker and it's working like a champ!

Apr 14, 2015
Best Website Ever!!!
by: Laura Soko

I CAN NOT BELIEVE that worked!
I'm descaling with a solution I bought on Amazon. It was about $15.00, however it was worth it to me not to have to buy a new one.
Thank you Coffee Detective!

Apr 13, 2015
I've never slapped an appliance, but I will now
by: Anonymous

I honestly laughed at the "burping / slapping" suggestion, but when I'd run out of ideas, tried vinegar, etc. and the machine was only spitting out about 2 seconds of hot water, I'd given up, thought I'd toss this thing. Saw your site, slapped it 3-4 times (had to do this process twice) and who would have guessed, it worked perfectly. Thank you, this is an expensive appliance and convenient, I appreciate you saving me money.

Apr 13, 2015
Wow! It worked!
by: Nikki

I thought this sounded crazy. I even told people skeptically that the internet told me to burp the Kurig. Well, it worked. My Kurig was only sputtering out a tiny bit of water, now pours the full cup. Thanks!!!

Apr 12, 2015
OMG!!!
by: Anonymous

The descale notification showed up on Monday and I had no time to even research what that even meant until today, Sunday. I found your site and tested out the 'slap method' and OMG it works like magic! Just wish I wouldn't have gone a whole week before finding the time to do my research. THANKS SO MUCH!

Apr 12, 2015
Genius
by: Anonymous

Not only genius, kinda enjoyable. :)

Apr 11, 2015
It worked!
by: gr8smile

Had to use a rubber mallet and give it several good thwacks!

Apr 09, 2015
Skeptic!
by: Tee

Ok, I was skeptical about your "solution", but it worked beautifully!!!! I'm enjoying a cup of nice, hot, and delicious coffee, brewed after descaling! Thank you so very very much!

Apr 08, 2015
noise
by: coffee joe

at first my keurig was making noise like a jackhammer i tried the descale method and it actually seemed to have gotten worse,,,i rinsed it and refilled with straight vinegar for a 2nd time and ran a few brew cycles through then i let it sit for 3 days unplugged with the vinegar still inside after the full 3 days i rinsed with clean water for about 5 tankfuls ''''''WORKS LIKE NEW NOW AND QUIET AS CAN BE ....you gotta let that vinegar get in there and let it sit for a few days ....freekin keurig should tell people this but i guess that want everyone to buy a new machine ...

Apr 05, 2015
Spanked it good
by: Anonymous

It actually worked, yea! Thanks!

Apr 03, 2015
Midnight miracle fix!
by: Anonymous

It's another late night miracle. I just spent 30 minutes trying to get vinegar into the machine with it only taking a few ounces at a time. It gave up doing even that, when I got desperate and found you. Thank you so much for passing the Keurig spanking method on! Now, I can have my morning cup of coffee when I wake up AND have the satisfaction of knowing I showed it who was boss.

Apr 02, 2015
Burping the 2.0
by: Anonymous

Thank you thank you!
My 3 week old Keurig is brewing again!!

Apr 01, 2015
I have to be honest
by: Mike H

I have to be honest here . . . I was very skeptical (after all this is the internet). But I figured the thing was going into the trash anyway. I flipped it over, smacked it a good dozen times, and then plugged it back in. I only wish that I had put the basket back in and put a cup underneath, because the flow was back to normal and vinegar was all over the floor!

Apr 01, 2015
Spank the Keurig
by: Mike Dwyer

THANKS....FOUR GOOD THUMPS AND IT'S GOOD TO GO....

Mar 31, 2015
amazing
by: Dominique

Wow...worked perfectly on the first try!!!! I'm so happy! Thank you!

Mar 29, 2015
"Spanking" My Keurig
by: Andrew

My Keurig started acting up this morning as I was jones'ing for my morning cup of Dunken D.
Luckily I ran across this website before I took it all apart (cause I am a troubleshooter kind of guy)
Thanks

Mar 28, 2015
I can have my coffee today!!
by: JRHODES

Thank you for this tip. the only thing that I did not try!! You saved me from having to replace!

Mar 22, 2015
Working!!!
by: Anonymous

I did the paperclip procedure... twice, once in the wrong place, for the carafe... and it works!!!

Mar 21, 2015
totally worked!
by: Kerrie

thank you!

Mar 20, 2015
I'm really surprised (and happy)
by: Anonymous

So this is my second machine -- I had a Keurig -- saw this post, spanked it, never got it to work. So I got a Cuisinart . . . I just descaled it in January (on general principle, not cause I got a warning) and then several days ago no flow with a descale notice. I tried everything (I thought), but no water was flowing. I kept turning it upside down and shaking it to get the water out of the internal tank (that didn't do any good). Then called Cuisinart . . . no help at all. I was more familiar with their recommendations in the manual than he was! Hopeless!

So then, I tried "firmly" spanking again (3x) all to no avail. I figured I might as well give it a SERIOUS spanking . . . cause otherwise it was headed to the dump. So I used a pan and banged it, taking a leaf out of Happy Girl's book and did a little mantra: "start working"

I guess it needed a firmer touch. It's working now. I've run the vinegar through and will leave it in there overnight. I'm thinking it was a simple mechanical clog. So weird . . . but I'm happy now too.

Mar 20, 2015
It worked!
by: Dana

It took four spankings to loosen some sediment, and now it works beautifully.

Mar 20, 2015
It worked!!!
by: Anonymous

Success. The normal paper clip in the three orifices trick didn't work for me this time and I began shopping online for a new Keurig. I am so happy this worked. I wonder how many Keurigs have been thrown away needlessly?

Mar 20, 2015
may have helped
by: can't live without coffee

So I tried the slap thing 13 times and no go. I saw a comment below about canned air, used it in the hose that the water goes through to fill the keurig. And what do ya know. I don't know if it was the canned air or the combination of both things. Either way the keurig is working again, but of course we had already bought a new machine thinking the one I just fixed was toast. Oh well. But hey the methods work.

Mar 17, 2015
Hallelujah!
by: Anonymous

Thank you! Turning it upside down and slapping the crap out of it worked perfectly. Thanks for the tip and a way to release frustration. ;)

Mar 16, 2015
It Works
by: Anonymous

Could not get the descaling light to go off. used a gallon of white vinegar (did not dilute) and rinsed with bottled water (filed water reservoir 3-times). Started the web research thing, and came across this site. Read a lot of the post on removing the reservoir and turning the machine upside down and burping it, okay I will try this. Wow lifted off the reservoir & add water light came on but descale light was off. Set the reservoir back on just to see if descale light was off because reservoir was not on, but light stayed off and is still off. I believe that if this did not happen the burping method in the other articles would work. Thank you for this site and all the responses from great people. Now there's a slap that works.

Mar 16, 2015
Slapping Did Work!
by: Anonymous

This is the 3rd Keurig pot we have owned. Wish I had known about the "slap" method for fixing it. I did have to try that twice and now the machine seems to work like a "charm". Wish I had know about this method before.

Mar 15, 2015
Bet Keurig HATES this !!!!
by: Paul in Georgia

Just as advertised this works. I bet Keurig looks at each one of these comments as a lost sale.

Mar 12, 2015
WORKS!!
by: Anonymous

Thank you

Mar 11, 2015
March 11, 2015 It's ALIVE
by: Anonymous

I smacked the bottom of the Keurig 2.0 after it stopped pumping water. While I had it upside-down over the sink, I touched the hole where the water reservoir attaches, and suddenly water started dripping from the top of the machine into the sink, as if something had finally dislodged in the water line. EUREKA!

Mar 04, 2015
thank the lard it works
by: coffee man

I have little kids and need my coffee. I'd this doesn't work at first keep beating that machine. It took me three times and I finally let loose and beat the good gawd out of it and yay! It works.

Don't give up.

Mar 01, 2015
Works like a charm
by: Anonymous

I too was skeptical. But followed the tips after two hours of trying everything else. The metal spike that pierced the k cup was clogged with grounds and by tapping the bottom of unit it loosened up. I brewed three cups of water/vinegar solution again and then plain filtered water and it's good as new!!! I use my keurig several times a day so glad I came across this site.

Feb 28, 2015
Burping Bottom of Mr. Coffee BVMC-KG6
by: Coffee in Round Rock, TX

This worked! I was about to toss my Mr. Coffee Single Cup BVMC-KG6 when it appeared to become clogged after following the instructions to descale using white vinegar. Midway through the descaling process, the machine stopped drawing water from the reservoir. Finally I found this article on slapping the bottom of the machine and gve it a try. About 10 hard whacks on the bottom over the sink upside down. Then filled the machine with cold water and water started running through the coffee maker without issue. Apparently running the descaling process can loosen mineral deposits causing the machines internal water lines to clog and the pump won't draw water from the reservoir. Good to know, saved me a trip to Walmart for a new coffee maker. Thank you!

Feb 28, 2015
Spanking is the only cure!
by: Kimberly

I spent three days trying to "Prime" and "Descale" my Keurig. NOTHING worked! I was seriously considering giving up and getting a new one until I read this post about spanking and burbing my machine. It worked the very first time!

Feb 26, 2015
Give it that pimp hand
by: Mike B

Slap it like you mean it. It really works!!!

Feb 26, 2015
perfect...
by: Anonymous

Can you imagine a more primal solution? I love the fundamental simplicity of this (and it works by the way). I've struggled with this Kueirg for months. This is the fix. I almost threw it out a window but beating it was all it needed... ;-)

Feb 25, 2015
Slapping worked!
by: James

Thanks for the tip!

Feb 24, 2015
It worked!!😃☕️
by: Michele

After searching the internet for descale methods, I came across your website. After a good "burping" , I put the brewer together again, and the message is gone off the screen and the cup is filling up quickly and HOT!! Don't know why this method worked, but it did!! THANKS!!!!

Feb 22, 2015
IM A BELIEVER
by: Anonymous

IT WORKED

Feb 21, 2015
It Worked!
by: Anonymous

Yes! Thank you! It was dripping out coffee like an espresso machine, and not filling the cup! Turned it upside down, cleaned the top tip, and viola! Behaves like the first day out of the box!

Feb 19, 2015
You are a genius.
by: Charlotte

3 month Keurig decided to make a lot of noise, but no water came out. Don't know which method worked, tried all three...several times. Paper clip, straw, spanking. Now enjoying a fabulous cup of coffee. Truly think it was the spanking. Just had to show it who really was in control here. Thanks for sharing all your wisdom on this crucial subject.

Feb 17, 2015
Slapping works!!
by: Momieof4

I've been struggling all afternoon reading and trying to de-scale and all I got was air. Almost felt tossing this machine out the door since three hours has passed but Alas!!!! Slapping this upside down worked in a jiffy. Thank you and now I know I can have coffee tomorrow morning and not buy one like I did today.

Feb 16, 2015
Spanking worked for me, too!
by: sdrancher

Thank you! As most everyone below has said... this really works. Don't be gentle! Really spank it!!!

Feb 11, 2015
Pure perfection!
by: Wella

Just did this on my son's and daughter-inlaw's Keurig, and pure perfection! How smart am I going to look? Thanks!!!

Feb 10, 2015
grrrr...
by: Anonymous

Its not working i want to cry. It spits out a little water and thats all. I've tried everything.

Feb 02, 2015
Cuisinart keurig
by: Anonymous

Wow!!! I can't believe how that worked....I was running the vinegar thru and it was dribbling .... Turned it over ...a dozen slaps on the bottom and voila....back in business..thank you very much!

Jan 31, 2015
it works!
by: Elle

Totally skeptical, but after using vinegar to descale my keurig twice in one week, but still having the deacale light on, I gave it a shot. A few spanks later and all misbehavior has been corrected ;)
Thank you!

Jan 31, 2015
Wow
by: Anonymous

Holy cow. Two hours trying other stuff and now I slapped it and it's ggod as new.

Jan 28, 2015
Oh Happy Day!!
by: Nikki B

Thank you for the Keurig "FIX"! After descaling with vinegar and cleaning all needles- no luck untill I tried your spanking method. 12 good wacks and it works like a charm.

Jan 26, 2015
Didn't believe it...
by: Amanda M

I was entirely skeptical when I read this post but I kept scrolling. Comment after comment stated it worked so I decided why not give it a go. In the office, I started slapping an upside down Keurig and the stares I got were unforgettable but it worked... much to my surprise! Great hack!

Jan 25, 2015
It really worked!!
by: Anonymous

Just tried it. My husband turned it upside down and banged and it freakin works.

Jan 25, 2015
It worked!!
by: Happy Girl

I was beside myself trying to figure out how to 'Descale' my Keurig until I came across this post. I thought, surely not, at first but was willing to try anything to get my best friend up and running again. So as instructed, I unplugged the unit, turned her upside down and gave her a few good wacks on the bottom. All the while stating, "stop being bad and go back to being a good little Keurig" with each smack. To my astonishment the little trick WORKED!! Thank you so much!! And my family thanks you to. I'm much nicer with coffee on board first thing in the morning!

~Happy Girl (and family!)

Jan 24, 2015
It worked!!
by: Anonymous

My Keurig just stopped in the middle of a brew cycle. Nothing came out. I did all the same things almost everyone had posted to no avail. I turned it off for a few hours and thought it just needed time. Nope! So I found googled my last time and found this. Sure enough....turned it upside down, couple slaps on the bottom and fresh cup of coffee in the cleanest shape it has been. Thanks!!

Jan 22, 2015
Slap job
by: Anonymous

Worked like a charm. After spending hours watching you tube videos on how to fix, I gave up when nothing worked. Then I found this site. Would have never imagined that slapping the bottle would fix my machine. Thanks for the advise.

Jan 19, 2015
It work
by: Cheryl

Thank you for help me with this problem. It work very well.

Jan 19, 2015
Spanking
by: Anonymous

I gave it a good spanking and the de-scale light erased. Perfect!

Jan 18, 2015
was a non-believer
by: Anonymous

I thought this was funny and never would work...surprise it did! thanks for the tip!!!

Jan 15, 2015
Wow it works
by: DannyGee77

I have tried so much to 'descale' the pot it probably is as clean now as the day I bought it. But the darn 'de-scale' sign was still up and annoying. A few hard slaps later, presto, no more irritating sign.

Jan 15, 2015
This worked!
by: Sailor

I called Keurig to fix this issue. After trying each method on the phone they kept telling me I needed to purchase a new unit. Probably 5 or 6 times. Trying to sell it to me relentlessly. I almost gave up and then tried this slap method and my Keurig works fine now. Thank you for the post it made me a hero on the ship I work on. And as for Keurig, sorry I won't be purchasing another 150$ unit.

Jan 11, 2015
this works!
by: shan

This method worked for ours, I was pleasantly surprised. Took two tries but once the water finally released and drained, it's working fine now. Just a tip, purchase your keurigs from kohls, when they absolutely quit; just take the unit back to kohls and they'll give you a new one!

Jan 08, 2015
Spanking Really Works
by: Anonymous

My office has a Mr. Coffee K6. It wasn't brewing and I noticed the resevoir was low, so I filled it back up. The brew light would flash for a few seconds then the maching would shut off. Tried replacing the cup THREE times, still to no avail. I came across this site and saw all the posts about spanking it. I decided to try it and HOLY CRAP it actually worked!!!

Jan 06, 2015
Universe has a sense of humor
by: Mittens

It worked, I'm thrilled. Try it guys! :D

Jan 06, 2015
Beating Your Coffeemaker?
by: K-Offee

The Book? 50 Shades of K.

Jan 01, 2015
Spank, Spank!
by: Mary Anne

First spanking and paper clip helped a little. Second spanking was a real spanking, not like a scared momma. And a little bit more with the paper clip. I guess it learned it's lesson :)

Dec 29, 2014
spank your keurig
by: Bob A

was ready to throw my b70 in trash. called Keurig got the whole stick a paper clip in, take the k-cup holder out and clean, descale with white vinegar routine from them. did all of the above still didn't work.Unplugged,took water reservoir off and turned upside down in sink,smacked bottom 4 or 5 times. reassembled plugged in and made 3 cups of coffee in a row without any issue. Works like brand new

Dec 29, 2014
IT WORKED!
by: Anonymous

We tried running vinegar through, but it still wasn't working and said to descale. We flipped it over and hit the bottom a few times, vinegar started pouring out. Once we plugged it back in, it is now working again! Amazing!!
Thank you!!

Dec 28, 2014
how to declog
by: Anonymous

tried the spank - NG
Tried the needle - NG but on the right track.
Took a needle nosed tweezer, shined a flashlight into the top needle that pierces the k cup and saw the clog which was the pieces of lid from all the k cup piercings. Pulled it out and ran 3 more cups of water through. Shinned the flashlight on the upper needle and saw more fibrous gunk which I pulled out. rinsed 3 more times and now runs great.

Dec 28, 2014
Spanking my Keurig did the trick!
by: Sue M.

It was time to decale again but this time it wasn't working. I tried for two days but wasn't having much success. I went online and saw that users were giving their Keurig a spanking. What do I have to lose at this point. I unplugged it, tipped it over and started to give it about 10 whacks. Plugged it back in....WHOLY CRAP IT WORKED!

Dec 24, 2014
Craziest Thing Ive Heard..... But It ACTUALLY Works!
by: Sarah

I got my Keurig for a Christmas present about a year ago and it had been working perfectly up until about a month ago. It would take forever to heat the water and drip into the cup. I was looking for a fix because Im having company for Christmas. I was about to descale with vinegar when I thought Id look a bit further and found this "fix it". I thought..... "HUH? There is no way this works" But in a fit of desperation I am willing to try anything. Smacked the crap out of the bottom of my Keurig. Put the water reservoir back with water and turned it on. Made myself some Hot apple cider and BAM! It works like the day it was given to me. I was shocked. It really works!!

Dec 24, 2014
A way to check your Keurig
by: Squeaky

If your Keurig is not giving you a full cup try this. Open the lid to the water reservoir and run a brew cycle. When it stops pushing the water out pinch the clear rubber return tube closed and hold it. If the water starts to flow then what you have is one of two internal solenoids is sticking open causing the "push" from the air pump to go out the return tube instead of into the main tank, which pushes the water out the main port. If it is pumping water out the return tube then the other solenoid is stuck. Spanking might unstick these but good cleaning still should be done. If nothing helps it is possible a solenoid has failed.

Dec 18, 2014
it worked
by: Dave

OMG This worked, Thank you so much!!!

Dec 17, 2014
It really works!
by: Mark in Nashville

Picked up a new looking Keurig B70 at a thrift store for $8 and thought I would take a chance on it working. Turned out it would only give out about a quarter of a cup, drip a little and stop. After several days of trying all the youtube fixes I ran across this site and thought I would give it a try. Low and behold it worked! Thank you for sharing this fix!

Dec 16, 2014
Fourth time's a charm!!
by: Anonymous

Mine had been sitting in storage for about 6 months, hasn't worked since I unpacked it.. on the 3rd try some water finally came out but it wasn't till after the 4th spanking that it finally worked

Dec 13, 2014
Can't believe this worked!
by: KimBerley

Our Keurig started to just "dribble". Followed all the steps on the Keurig site to try and fix. Told my hubby to give it a spank..he thought I was nuts! It worked….unbelievable.

Thanks

Dec 07, 2014
keurig
by: krystal

Well.... this did not help me. My hand is blood red aND my machine is still dead . I will just have to buy another , mine is 3 to years old an just the last month has been not making any cups only water back into tank. I also cleaned out top where cups go, but I can't do the vinegar since it won't pour water in front , only the back with water out the white plastic side . :( very upset it died on me

Dec 02, 2014
spank the keurig worked!
by: auntsuzzie

it took 5 times. then finally i thought, this thing can't take a joke, so i turned that badboy over and thwacked it so hard. my hand hurt. and then, and then, it burped! eally, a bubbly belch, then some water spewed out of it. i followed sop's and it worked right away! thank you! the macarthur genius award for you, sir.
did i mention my coffee maker is the ss-700, 3 years old and hasn't worked in 6 months? yeah, i'm that happy.
genius

Nov 23, 2014
condensed air did the trick
by: Anonymous

So after missing my pre church coffee... I came home on a mission. I spanked it...spurt spurt spurt nothing.... then the condensed air through all the hose and viola! It worked so I could descale it...! Now its great try the canned air through the holes.

Nov 20, 2014
Very temporary repair.
by: Anonymous

Spanking works for a day. Anyone know a more long term solution?

Nov 19, 2014
3rd Time was a charm!
by: Anonymous

If it doesn't work for you the first time, keep trying. I was about to give up, and the 3rd time it finally worked! I also ran it through with vinegar a few times. Good as new!thanks so much!

Nov 18, 2014
A skeptic no more!
by: Anonymous

I have spent the entire morning trying to fix my keurig. Nothing worked until I reluctantly gave it a good spanking. Good as new!

Nov 15, 2014
Second times a charm! Very cool!
by: Anonymous

I tried everything, even spanking but nothing worked. So, I decided to continue reading the comments below and read that someone had to spank it a second time, harder than she had the first time. I tried that and now it works like a charm! Very cool!

Nov 15, 2014
It works
by: Bronco for life in Pa.

Keurig B70 of two years suddenly stopped working. Dribbling water, Descaling message came on. Also said it was brewing when it wasn't. Slapped it a few times and now its golden. Thanks for the tip.

Nov 14, 2014
Spanking works!
by: Anonymous

Machine was dribbling water - cleaned the machine...did the paperclip thing and the vinegar w/ no results. Tried the spanking and it really works! Water coming out as if it was a brand new machine.

Oct 27, 2014
cleaning
by: Bobbie

I did the slap on the back an it work perfectly

Oct 21, 2014
Spanking apparently not enought
by: Anonymous

Tried the spanking with no effect. NOTHING runs through. I press the brew button, it spits a little into the cup and then freezes up in the brewing mode.

Oct 18, 2014
Spanking
by: Sarge

I spanked that bad boy, and the second cup came put perfectly. I can't believe this worked, but it did! I was going to throw it out.

Oct 17, 2014
works with only water, not with k-cup
by: Anonymous

I'm with Lori A - water runs through just fine -- but only dribbles when placing a k-cup. I have descaled.

Oct 11, 2014
Tried everything
by: Annoyed

Felt much less stressed after launching it 20' out the front door into the yard and filling it full of 00 buckshot!
Aaaaah. :)

Oct 11, 2014
Descaling
by: Anonymous

I followed online directions with the paperclip cleaned needles ran vinegar in the water holder nothing would come out flipped it spanked it 3 times it flows now thank you,,

Oct 11, 2014
OMG
by: Anonymous

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!.. two slaps and it's working again after all the frustration of the descaling and paperclip in the needles.

Oct 09, 2014
Thank you!
by: Anonymous

Shaking and turning it upside down and beating the hell out of it really works!!!

Oct 08, 2014
BEST
by: MK

I had even hit mine on the sides and banged it around a little, but that didn't do it. The harsh upside down spanking did though. THANKS!

Oct 05, 2014
I tried the spanking
by: Grace

Hadn't worked in a year, found your site. Spanked it really good! It did one cup with vinegar then stopped. I repeated. It did the same. Now what????

Oct 02, 2014
Wow
by: Anonymous

It works...saved me from buying a new on....thank you.

Oct 01, 2014
OMG it worked
by: Anonymous

Mine has been broken for a year. I decided to google before tossing it out. A quick beating and now its brewing again! Thanks for the suggestion!

Sep 25, 2014
BURP METHOD WORKED! YAY!!!!
by: Anonymous

I searched and searched the internet and tried everything....except turning it over and trying the burping method. Low and behold it is working...wow. Who would have thought? Too funny. Now that it is pumping water, I can descale. Not sure how long it will last but I am happy.

Sep 21, 2014
Made an Example of My Keurig
by: Dani in Miami

My Keurig randomly stopped working this morning. Worked fine to brew a cup of coffee after dinner last night, but wouldn't brew a drop this morning. Luckily, we found this site really quick. My husband "spanked" our Keurig while saying "This is what happens when you upset Mommy!"

I now have a lovely cup of coffee and my children are listening. LOL

Sep 21, 2014
Spank the keurig???
by: Jessielu

It's a miracle. Someone must have gotten so angry that they couldn't get their coffee fix and took it out on the Keurig. Miraculous discovery! I'm so happy to have a full, hot cup of coffee. It's the little things that make the day!

Sep 12, 2014
Thank you
by: Deprived of my Caibou

Thank you all so much!!!! This saved me from buying a new Keurig. How amazing are a few smacks to the bottom side👋👋👋👋.

Sep 12, 2014
It worked
by: Anonymous

After trying the paper clip numerous times and failed, this worked. took it to the sink burped it about 5 times,then 5 more times. pluged it in and presto!!

Sep 09, 2014
Amazing!!!
by: Anonymous

Thank you for being a great coffee detective! This trick worked like a charm! Whew! You saved the day!

Sep 07, 2014
Keurig
by: Anonymous

I cleaned mine and it still was not brewing. Then I read your instructions, I gave it a few good shakes and some slaps on the "bottom", and now it works great! Thanks

Sep 02, 2014
Worked!
by: Anonymous

I slapped. It barfed.............we are back to descaling! Still laughing!! Whoa.......................it' making up for lost time. Had to jump in and change the 16 oz cup!!

Sep 01, 2014
OMG
by: AMAZED n AMUSED

How much do you love Google? Spank that thang! I'm no engineer, but I'd say that turning the machine upside down and slapping it (seven times!) aids in calibrating something inside. Unconventional but it really really works!!!!

Aug 30, 2014
hilarious but it works
by: caffeine addict

You know you have a real problem when you resort to spanking your kurig. We thought it was a joke but in desperation we tried it. Works like a charm...so funny.

Aug 30, 2014
Whack!
by: John Kord

Seven whacks upside down in the sink and all is well! Noticed a bunch of crud empty out in the sink, both solid and liquid. Hooray! It worked!

Aug 28, 2014
it worked!
by: Anonymous

I did the paperclip thing and numerous other online fix-its... I'm truly amazed that this worked!
Thank you!

Aug 25, 2014
Descale and water won't pump (fill internal reservoir)
by: Mark

CLR works great to descale but make sure to rinse thoroughly.

Because the unit wouldn't draw any water we too turned it upside down and started spanking like everybody said and now the water is flowing again!

Aug 24, 2014
Who's yer Daddy
by: Kauphy Lover

Spank that bottom, IT WORKS! Maybe some fetish engineers at Keurig.

Aug 23, 2014
Believe it!!!
by: The Spankster

This is totally unbelievable after a good spanking is working just like new again. I still don't know why it has a D scale light but the spanking solve the problem thanks so much.

Aug 21, 2014
Worked for Me!
by: xoxos701

It worked!! still not brewing a full cup so I am going to try the vinegar rinse and also clean out the lines with a paperclip!

Jul 26, 2014
Like a charm
by: Anonymous

We thought we were going to have to buy a new coffee maker. Stumbled upon this page and thought what have I got to lose....it worked great!!!! We are enjoying our first cups of coffee from our Keurig in over a month!
Thank you to the site owner!

Jul 23, 2014
Amazing
by: Anonymous

We have a Cuisinart SS-700. Vinegar descale didn't help. Slap and burp worked wonders. Thank you!!!!!

Jul 08, 2014
I spanked my Keurig.
by: Anonymous

And now it works like a charm!

Jul 06, 2014
Spanking worked
by: Anonymous

Our's quit this morning, saw this and guess what? It started working again. My husband & I had a good laugh!!! Thanks for sharing.

Jun 29, 2014
It works!
by: Anonymous

Amazing!!! After descaling for 36+ hours over and over I tried this as a last resort! It works beautifully! Thank you so much!

Jun 24, 2014
Amazing!
by: Anonymous

I tried the descaling and it would do nothing so in frustration back to the computer I went. Thanks for the idea, works like a charm and brewing great!!!

Jun 13, 2014
Descaling
by: Anonymsueous

Okay, I tried vinegar, descaling products and still nothing......sooooo I turned my machine upside down over the sink and plugged her in, VOILA it's brewing wonderfully again. I thought I might have to buy a new one!

May 31, 2014
Embarrassed to spank
by: KNO

On LAST resort, I figured I would try spanking as suggested. As I turned over my brewer, I literally looked over my shoulder to see if anyone was watching, mumbled "I can't believe I'm doing this" (as if your site were a prank,) then spanked my brewer. It worked!!!! Crazy.

May 23, 2014
Burped it...enjoying coffee again
by: Anonymous

I was commenting to a co-worker my tale of woe on how my Keurig up and died on me before even one cup of the life-sustaining elixir sprang forth. She giddily explained how to burp it and lo and behold, I am once again gleefully slurping up the black liquid gold as though others lives depend on it.

May 03, 2014
Spank that...
by: Anonymous

OMG....I was laughing reading all the comments about the 'spank' method....until I tried it! Worked like a charm!! I hadn't used my Keurig for about 3 months so when I turned it on, everything lit up and worked except it wouldn't brew. After my boyfriend pried me off the ceiling, I googled the issue and whatdoyaknow....found this forum and tried the spank method. Still chuckling as I sip that sweet brew....

Apr 27, 2014
coffee again!
by: Anonymous

Slapping it didn't work for me. But after calling Keurig they had me take a paperclip and insert into the needle. When I did that, water started pouring out of the needle! There are two holes so make sure you unclog both. That worked for me and now it's working like a charm!

Apr 26, 2014
Naughty Keurig
by: Laura

I tried everything - lecturing, timeout in the corner, no TV or XBox for a week, sent to bed without supper - yet, nothing got through.

Finally, as an act of desperation, I turned it over and paddled it's bottom.

It worked. Coffee anyone?

Apr 15, 2014
Crazy but Ture
by: JFB

As everybody else, my Keurig refused to brew. The display said it was ready to brew, but when I pushed the Brew Button...........Nothing. I read the previous comments, and said what the hell, unplugged the unit, tipped it over the sink, gave it about five open handed whacks on the bottom, plugged it in and good as new. UNBELEIVABLE!! Thanks to the person who discovered this little secret.

Apr 13, 2014
YES! yay for spanking
by: Anonymous

It worked like a charm - and that is after I tried every, and I mean EVERY think that Keurig recommended. THANKS SO MUCH!!! Now off to the porch for my morning cuppa.

Apr 09, 2014
Slap and Burp B70
by: Lois K

My 2 year old(ish) Keurig B70 that has been used to brew 5 cups of coffee a day for 2 years using only cheap distilled water and never descaled suddenly decided that it would not brew. The Brew light would light up but wouldn't brew when pressed. I tried turning it off, unplugging, removing and replacing water tank to no avail. The Slap and Burp did correct whatever was wrong. Remember to take the K Cup out of the brewer before attempting a Slap and Burp. I didn't.

Mar 20, 2014
Thank you!!!
by: josie

As I am slapping the bottom of my Keurig at 3:30 am, I start to wonder if the suggestion to do so is a prank. With a angry, cursing husband who wants his coffee I was game. It's a miracle it worked. Thank you so much!! Believe it or not your tip was a lifesaver.

Mar 16, 2014
Naughty coffee maker needs a spanking!
by: Anonymous

I thought this was a joke when I read it, but I was so desperate that I was ready to try anything! I was so shocked when it worked! My brother always tells me that you need to pound things and swear at them to get them to work, guess he's right! THANK YOU!!!!

Mar 15, 2014
It works!!
by: Anonymous

I feel like I am beating a dead horse (or an unconscious Keurig) at this point after reading all these posts, but i have to say it works!!! Turned my unit upside down SLAP SLAP SLAP SLAP.. Presto! Im drinking my coffee now :)

Mar 14, 2014
Love this old-school method!!
by: David P.

Well my Keurig was particularly naughty and needed 2 sets of spankings (not unlike my youngest child!). I put a folded hand towel over the bottom so I wouldn't hurt my hand giving it some good hard whacks!!

Mar 13, 2014
Keurig not brewing
by: Anonymous

Thank you Jesus, it works, I was about ready to throw in the towel, but I kept praying and asking God to help me, I shouted, this has saved me $$$. Thank you and may God bless you.

Mar 11, 2014
It worked
by: Anonymous

It just needed a little burping and spanking....it gurgled a bit and then worked perfectly. Thanks for the advice. :)


Mar 08, 2014
Last Straw, It Worked
by: Anonymous

Have spent 2 days playing with the unit. Vinegar and paper clip the whole thing. Laughing all the way as I spanked the unit. It is now working as if it was new. LOL

Mar 05, 2014
I can now brew all the brews...
by: Anonymous

As with so many domains in life, a good spanking did the trick. However, unlike these obvious cause and effect relationships, the reason here is a little more elusive. Does anyone know WHY tough love works on the Keurig? Just taught mine not to ask the same question twice, and it definitely solved the problem. I can only imagine it has something to do with burping the pump line, like bleeding a set of brakes, but could an engineer give us rationale?

Mar 04, 2014
AMAZING
by: Anonymous

Like most of you, I tried all the other things to get it to work. I found this site and was amazed by everyone's comments that spanking the bad Keurigs bottom really worked. So I tried it. Gave it about 8 good swats, put it back together and wow....the water flowed out like it was brand new!

Mar 01, 2014
IT WORKS!!!!!
by: Anonymous

Dying laughing but better yet I'M DRINKING MY COFFEE NOW!!!
Thank you!!!!!!!!

Feb 24, 2014
Saved my life!
by: Anonymous

My Keurig stopped brewing this morning... it would hum like it was going to brew, but then stop. Tried power on/off, unplug, etc., but it just wouldn't work.

I found this site, turned it over and smacked it on the bottom and sides...

When I plugged it back in, it immediately started working perfectly!!! THANK YOU :-)))))

Feb 22, 2014
Unbelievable!
by: Anonymous

For the last 6 months I've put up with unplugging and plugging back in just to make a cup of coffee on my Keurig. And I read here to turn it upside down and slap it a couple of times on the bottom...it worked! Unbelievable. Thank you for this information!

Feb 19, 2014
IT works!
by: Anonymous

Having the exact same problem as everyone else. Descale showed, used vinegar, still the water wouldnt flow. This morning, cleaned needle with toothbrush AND burped it, banged it about 10 times very hard and so far i have 3 full cups of coffee! I WAS skeptical!! not sure if it will continue to work but OMG!!! Amazing! Try it!

Feb 10, 2014
Give it The Fonz
by: Holly

Just like Fonzi turning on the juke box, this worked like a charm.

We spent a half hour cleaning bits and pieces and pulling stuff apart. I decided to google what else we could try since it sounded like the pump quit. I ran across the slap n burp method and laughed out loud. But of course I tried it and it brewed fine on the next cup!

Feb 05, 2014
Burp N' Slap
by: SFW

I spent a good hour trying to clear the line and cleaning the reservoir screen to no avail. I then found your Burp N' Slap repair suggestion. Tried it and all I can say is "Wow". Perfect. Bend, Oregon. It would be helpful if Kuerig would post a response as to what your recommended fix is doing.

Feb 01, 2014
Spanking
by: Anonymous

Finally, after a lot of other tries. Who would of thought spanking would do it.Great

Jan 29, 2014
Just beat it!
by: TJ

Wow! Who would have thought! I did have to abuse it several times to get its attention and give me a full cup of coffee. Thank you all so much for your comments, it has saved my coffee maker from the recycle bin.

Jan 19, 2014
YESS !!
by: Anonymous

As a college student I am on a pretty strict budget. When my Keurig wouldn't work two days age, I almost broke down in tears. In the month that I have had it since it was gifted to me for Christmas, I have come to rely on it alarmingly so.
After doing some research and finding out that I, in fact, do not own vinegar, I found this method.
In the span of seconds, I went from a somewhat responsible college student, to an angry person filled with rage, to a four year old on Christmas morning.
THANK YOU !!
I dedicate this delicious hot chocolate to you, friend ! :)

Jan 14, 2014
TOTALLY WORKED
by: Anonymous

Ummm....who knew? Try it, it works! This is my 3rd Keurig since 2008- wish I would have known this sooner!

Jan 06, 2014
Amazed
by: Marie

I beat the devil out of it and IT WORKED!! I was just about to make a trip to the trash can to dump it but I guess I'll be keeping it now!! Thanks for the tip!!!

Jan 06, 2014
It Worked
by: Anonymous

Who'd a thought! Spanking the Keurig! Thank you, Thank you! It worked like a charmed after all other attempts to descale had failed.

Jan 05, 2014
spank, spanking and spanked
by: matt in ny

Kudos to whoever came up with this one!!!!
I had my machine and used it for six months. Then it was put in storage for a year and a half. Pulled it out recentley and tried to use it with the same results as everyone else here. Spanked it several shots and nothing. Spanked it a second time adding shots to the brewer side and still nothing. Gave it one more attempt before a trip to the dumpster. Really beat the s@#$ out of it and works beautifully now!

Jan 04, 2014
Good spanking worked
by: Anonymous

My husband was so upset when ours stopped working this morning so I decided to read up on it came across this and it totally worked! Thanks!

Jan 03, 2014
Bad Keurig!
by: Anonymous

Ok, so I got quite a chuckle over hitting the keurig, but it was worth a try. I didn't unplug it and turn it upside down, just smacked it a few times on the brew side and voila! It started brewing and de scaling! Crazy, but it does work!

Jan 02, 2014
It worked
by: Coffee lover

Spanking the Keurig works. I didn't have anything to loose as the next step was the trash. Working wonderfully now.

Jan 01, 2014
Worked
by: Anonymous

It really worked lol : )

Dec 23, 2013
HOLY COW!
by: Anonymous

Thought we were going to have to buy a new one right before everyone came for Christmas morning and son of a gun spanking worked!!

Dec 08, 2013
Spank IT!
by: Susan

My brewer said de-scale as well, and I read this and told my daughter no to laugh at me as I spanked my brewer over the sink and yes people....YES...IT WORKED!!!!!!!!!

Oct 12, 2013
It works
by: Steve

Yup spanking works. Thank You!!

Apr 03, 2013
It really does work!
by: Anonymous

I was ready to throw my Keurig out until I read these posts about burping. I just burped it and it works! Try it when all else fails!

Mar 27, 2013
Spank Spank Sounds stupid but yes it works!!!!!!!!!!
by: Anonymous

This has worked for me 2 times. I think when you turn it over and slap it the air comes out. Anyway it works mine kept flashing brew in red and then light would go off and it would do nothing till I spanked it. I have a keurig mini and alot of them from what i read do this just slap it.

Feb 23, 2013
Believe in Spanking the Keirig!
by: Jfox0423

Imagine waking up to you Keirig being a bit fussy and not willing to brew! Read these posts and tried this and now I'm enjoying my regular cup of coffee! It really works. Unplug, remove water reservoir, turn upside down and give a good spank. What a simple fix!

Feb 04, 2013
OMG!
by: Anonymous

I have to admit I thought you were all crazy but I take it back completely. We tried absolutely every other suggestion we read. Finally I thought "Oh what the heck - uruned it over the sink and whapped it a few times, then a few more for good measure. Good grief it works perfectly. I wonder who first came up with this idea. Keurig should give them a medal.

Jan 09, 2013
Whits End
by: Anonymous

So I read the comments...and after everything else failed, I turn the thing upside down and beat the pulp out of it. I plug it in and nothing! Think I may have broke it for good. Oh Yeah, forgot to turn it on....and tadah it works!! The spanking method is the bomb!

Jan 03, 2013
The fine art of Keurig spanking...
by: Michael

...well, well, well. We were like so many others in the threads below, ready to trash it or try to return it. At this stage we had nothing to lose. I opened a big can of *ss-whoop on it as directed. It's working fine now. Truly, truly bizarre...

Oct 04, 2012
Slap happy!
by: Doug

I can't believe this worked! I was 10 seconds away from throwing it in the trash and came across this site. Took it over to the stink and spanked that bottom like no tomorrow. WORKED LIKE A CHARM!!!!!!!!!!!

Jul 10, 2012
YES!
by: Bob D

Awesome... worked like a charm. Burped the machine and working better than ever. Thanks for the tip! Saved mom $100!!!

Jun 07, 2012
Are you kidding me? WORKED
by: WyoMom

I have been back and forth all day, but like many comments above, if you can't get the vinegar in, how is it to descale. SMACK IT upside down. The third time was the charm. My husband will never believe it. THANK YOU!!!!

May 30, 2012
Worked
by: Craymond55

All other attepmts to fix did not work = this method did!

Thanks!

May 19, 2012
It works!
by: Anonymous

Unplug, tip, whack, shake a bit, and we are back in business!

May 04, 2012
amazing!
by: Anonymous

Thank you for the advice! I got my frustration out and fixed my Keurig!

Apr 24, 2012
Cant believe this worked!
by: Deri

I good spanking and a slap for good measure and e coffee started pouring .

Thanks all

Jan 24, 2012
Descaling -spanking
by: Anonymous

I thought I was going to kill my husband when I saw him "spanking" our Keurig, but it worked when nothing else would!

Jan 05, 2012
WOW
by: BCR

Ok I thought you were all full of it but I was having coffee withdrawls so I tried the old shake and burp. It actually worked after one try. Full cup!!!! Your my hero!!!!!

Dec 28, 2011
Slap that Keurig!
by: Maha

WOW! THE SLAP AND BURP METHOD REALLY WORKS! THANKS! :)

Dec 18, 2011
Surprised
by: Bryan

I was skeptical about the spanking but Itried it and it worked like a charm.

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