How can I descale my Keurig K-Cup brewer?

by Selena
(Granbury, Texas)

Spanking my Keurig Brewer

Spanking my Keurig Brewer


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?


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!

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Apr 16, 2019
by: PeechTreeFarm

Yep... frustrated beyond belief with error message. THANK YOU--- spanking that naughty machine was very satisfying! I have hot brew again.

Feb 25, 2019
Thank you!
by: Jenny

Oh my gosh! Just like everyone else, I was ready to toss the thing. So turning it upside down and spanking it was not only satisfying, lol, but fixed the problem. Thanks for the advise!

Oct 30, 2018
Great Fix
by: Leo B

I used your slap and burp method and it worked PERFECTLY!!!

Mar 11, 2018
Spanking does NOT fix it.
by: Anonymous

Granted spanking often gets my keurig going again...but don't fool yourself that it is a fix. You're merely treating a symptom. It will happen again and again. I'd love to find a site that tells me what fails. Is it a design flaw? A mineral blockage? I'd rather not reinvent the wheel...surely someone has already opened one up and found the offending issue.

Editor's Note: The problem is an air bubble in the water pump. The spanking dislodges the bubble.

Mar 10, 2018
Spank that bad boy
by: Anonymous

It worked for me too!!

Mar 03, 2018
Must have coffee
by: Bev

I tried everything I could this morning to clear that descale message on my Keurig brewer, even turned it upside down & tapped it on the bottom. Nothing worked. After a hour I finally went to the QT & bought a cup of coffee. I was determined to fix this so I repeated everything again & this time when I turned it upside down, I hit the bottom firmer several more times than the first time. Those slaps solved the problem. Thanks everyone!!!!

Feb 27, 2018
Turning it upside down works!
by: Donna in NJ

I decided to clean my 4 year old Mini plus according to the instructions with vinegar since I have very hard water. Up to this point it worked fine. Now the water was refusing to come out and there was a funny sound. I went online to buy a new one, but saw this Coffee Detective. Turned it upside down, hot water spilled out (ouch!) and slapped it. Still a funny sound, but better. Slapped it again, and now it works fine. Thanks!!!

Feb 22, 2018
Dang - success!
by: Karen

My hubby and I tried it all. We got it to the point it would deliver 1/2 cup of coffee at largest setting. He was ready to toss it into the recycle pile and I said "let me check again online". Swat it? Spank it? Ok, whatever. Whacked it hard a few times, it made one cup of joe and stopped. So I whacked it on the lower right side and could see it trying to spew. Dang. It works now!!!!

Feb 19, 2018
Had given up and ready to buy a new one
by: Debi

I cannot believe that simply turning a Keurig machine upside down and slapping it on the bottom would fix a problem I have been working on for two weeks. But it does work. I still cannot believe it So before you throw it in the trash turn it side down and give it a good spanking.

Feb 07, 2018
by: Anonymous

after cleaning with vinegar yesterday, turned on to use, was making very load noise. Did the spank method, working again, thanks for the tip

Jan 24, 2018
it WORKED?!!!
by: smwalker98

I ran vinegar through it to try to de scale but it wouldn't brew. the light was on to descale.. I was ready to buy a new one.. then I gave it a spank! who knew - It worked so weird! Oxford, CT

Jan 20, 2018
Yes indeed it works!
by: Storm

After leaving in vinegar for 12 hours, it only helped a bit. We were even getting the alarm to PRIME the Keurig as it was not even drawing water anymore. Figured nothing to loose trying this.

OMG ... it's running quiet and like new again. Brewed the fastest cup of coffee we've had in months.

I'm guessing is dislodges some airlocks as well as buildup of scale. Who cares either way ... IT WORKS!

Jan 16, 2018
It worked
by: Anonymous

Just descaled our Keurig with CLR...Still ran slow , so followed the Slap tips and it is working excellent. It took a couple of slaps but a lot of scale came out and it is 100%, Thank you!feeble

Jan 11, 2018
Now it says ready to brew and all the cup icons are missing
by: Anonymous

I gave it a couple of good whacks on the bottom. I was able to get one solid cup of coffee. After it finished brewing, the 5 cup size selection icons have disappeared. It says "ready to brew" but it doesn't do ANYTHING. I have unplugged it. I have changed default size in the menu. I have nothing left to try. Spanking it broke my machine, I guess. I think I am going to try "spanking" it with a baseball bat, Office Space style, next. Thanks for convincing me to somehow disable my coffee maker!

Jan 09, 2018
by: Anonymous

That was amazing! After blowing through straws and using paper clips the spanking worked. Don't tell DCFS. Thanks. You saved the day!

Jan 06, 2018
Smacking it Worked
by: Suzanne

I must admit, I didn't believe it husband watched as I smacked it across the sink. Worked like a charm....working like brand new! Thanks!

Jan 06, 2018
Who’s your daddy?
by: The Boss of my Keurig

Spanking the Keurig really, really works! I don’t know if it was helping to shout "Who’s your daddy?" between swats, but it certainly didn’t hurt and I felt better! We were so mad at it that we bought a new one, then my wife found this article. Now we have two working Keurigs - not a bad thing!

Jan 05, 2018
by: Anonymous

I cannot believe this Worked ? Thankyou for 2018 Happy Newyear.

Jan 01, 2018
New Year Brew
by: Tim


This strange and wacky method worked perfectly for us too. After de-scaling per Keurig's instructions ~ a week ago, our machine started malfunctioning again. A few slaps of the machine this morning has resulted in my best mug of coffee in weeks. Thanks!

Dec 31, 2017
Never In My Wildest Dreams
by: G'ma

Buying a new Keurig was on the list for today. We have been down to a dribble, waiting forever for a cup of coffee. I gave the machine a thorough vinegar soak with "cleaning" vinegar (double strength) and washed everything I could reach with vinegar.....worked pretty good for about a day and then back to waiting forever for a cup to fill. Came across your site and thought, as others have, this sounds pretty crazy but why not !! My son turned it over the sink and spanked it vigorously. We didn't see anything fall away into the sink so I thought it didn't work. Just brewed a test cup and it's like a new machine again. Thank you Coffee Detective !!

Dec 29, 2017
it worked
by: Anonymous

i cant believe it ,I cleaned it with vinegar,removed the bottom cover and blew out the pump and lines and still the DESCALE was showing.

I smacked it on the bottom three times very hard and shes good to go now !


Just when you thought you've seen it all !

Dec 27, 2017
OMG It Worked!
by: Mike S.

Did it for giggles. Figured no way, but I was getting frustrated and thought "why not?"
Did as it instructed, spanked it hard so that the top opened up. Shut it while upside down and it started spouting out water. Turned it back over and the water kept coming out. Plugged it back and it's good as new! Still running de-scale solution just as a precaution.

Dec 25, 2017
Just wow.
by: Anonymous

Thank you and Merry Christmas!!!

Dec 22, 2017
3 times is not a charm
by: Leon

No, it didn't work for me. Did this 3 times, descaled it twice. Still half a cup on the largest setting. Starts out well but then it petered out near the end. It was good while it worked.

Dec 22, 2017
It worked!
by: Ella

I actually thought all the comments were fake, but figured I had nothing to lose. It worked! Thanks!

Dec 18, 2017
Who'd have believed it?!?
by: Anonymous

No way slapping my Keurig should have fixed the problems I was having. It makes ZERO SENSE that this could make my machine start working properly again. But, I figured what the heck? The only downside is looking stupid banging the bottom of my coffee maker.

It's working great!
I can't explain it, but boy am I happy!!

Dec 16, 2017
This is insane :))))))))))))
by: I am Laughing

Was about to go to Bed bath and Beyond for a new one. Had tried cleaning nozzle with paper clip . No luck . Read about burbing
. Laughed but said what the heck . Tried it . IT WORKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dec 03, 2017
Slapping it works
by: Anonymous

A very small amount of fine grounds or minerals came out after the slap method. We only use bottled water. Because our water is so full of iron. I didn’t use any vinegar or cleaner. Slapped it twice on bottom and twice on side.

Nov 28, 2017
Try this before throwing out your K-Cup!
by: Jeanne Garcia

Thanks for this wonderful tip! I was ready to throw out the coffee maker when in desperation I googled what to do if descaling didn't work. This came up and after some good whacks on the bottom of the unit and a few on top for good measure, it now works like a charm!!!

Nov 23, 2017
slapping worked!
by: Anonymous

I am amazed this worked! I love my Keurig and was sad that it was not working! Thank you so much for sharing your information!

Nov 19, 2017
Burping really worked!!!
by: Lorrie

I cannot believe it but the burping method worked for me!! My machine had the descale light on and barely gave me any water in my cup. It would all run out the overflow line and back into the water reservoir. It took me hours to run a jug of vinegar through it and it still didn't work. Finally, I got online and found this tutorial. The first time it didn't work but I did see a lot of dark liquid come out when I turned it upside down, so I tried it again and this time it worked. My machine is working like its new again!! Thank you so much, I was about to give up on it and throw it in the trash!!

Nov 15, 2017
by: Smileysmile

I can't believe this worked. I read all the testimonials after the article figuring they were fake. But they are true. My Keurig wasn't doing anything except displaying "brewing". I beat the hell out of it two or three times and sure enough it's back to life! I was hugely surprised. Thank you!

Oct 23, 2017
by: Wild man

I was at the point of throwing this thing in the trash and getting a new one. Circuit breaker shut it off and I thought it was fried. I spanked it like a bad child needs today and by George and Greyhound it freaking worked. A good spanking will do anything and any kid good these days.

Oct 18, 2017
Burping our Keurig K55 Worked!
by: R.E.T

Was ready to go buy a new one and came across your post! My husband gave it three hard wacks, we put it back together and was works again!!! Who would of ever thought that burping a Keurig would fix it!

Oct 18, 2017
Thanks for the info
by: Ali C

I will try the spanking method later tonight (since I just made coffee and it was painfully slow, so still have hot water in the machine--- it took 5 cycles set to large to brew a 10-oz cup!). I hope it works otherwise I'm going back to a regular coffee maker because a Keurig is so expensive!

Oct 13, 2017
Spanking Works
by: Carolynn

My husband thought our Keurig was shot. I showed him this article, but he didn't believe it would work. Well, I did it, and it worked! I'm thrilled that I didn't have to spend a lot of money for descaler product. Thanks!!!

Oct 09, 2017
it worked!!!
by: Anonymous

About to throw my Keurig away, tried this, had to slap it several times, but it now works.

Sep 25, 2017
Worked for me!
by: MollyB

What did I have to lose? My Keurig wouldn't pump water at all; I followed these steps and VOILA!! Worked perfectly! Thanks for saving me from an early-morning run to Starbucks in my pajamas!

Sep 21, 2017
Yes it works!
by: Anonymous

I thought my Kurig was a goner. Tried this and it worked. I did konk it on the top since I was only getting spurts of water after the several spankings and it started working like a charm. Glad I found this post. Thank you.

Sep 18, 2017
Thank you!
by: Anonymous

After 2 days of descaling and every other cleaning method, nada... I treid "spanking" and voila! It worked immediately.

Thank you!

Sep 17, 2017
Who would have thought!
by: JoAnne

Worked for me too!

Sep 07, 2017
It Worked!
by: Anonymous

Amazing what a good spanking will do! Thank you!

Sep 06, 2017
Spank it!
by: Steve from NBCC

Tried spanking Keurig first time.... Didn't do anything. Did it a second time and really came on to it and yes it worked.

Sep 04, 2017
check the pod bottom piercing area
by: Sabrina

so i did all of the above suggestions about ten times..nothing worked. then i examined the pod itself and realized the bottom wasn't pierced and noticed that somehow the mechanism in the bottom part of cradle had deteriorated and chipped off (where the bottom pin was) and the bottom part of the pod was not getting the normal "piercing" for the coffee to flow out of. i took a small knife tip and carefully made a small slit and my machine brewed perfectly.

Sep 03, 2017
Upside down and slapped did the
by: Anonymous

Upside down and slapped wired right away

Sep 02, 2017
by: Anonymous

just did it works great

Aug 28, 2017
Amazing...thank you!
by: Anonymous

Wow... no kidding... this totally works!
Now running vinegar through it... thank you!!

Aug 27, 2017
It works!
by: Happy in Ohio

No coffee for breakfast this morning. Tomorrow I'm golden! Thanks for the advice. It worked!

Aug 24, 2017
this is not a joke it really worked
by: Kelly Univ Hts Ohio

THANK YOU - this really really worked.

Aug 16, 2017
spanked it's bottom
by: anne fl.

worked like a charm!!!!!!

Aug 15, 2017
Great Tip!
by: Anonymous

It actually worked. Thank you!

Jul 23, 2017
Now water when brewing
by: Anonymous

Mine just needed a good spanking. Thanks for the advice.

Jul 08, 2017
Thank you!
by: Anonymous

I tried all of the other cleaning methods but it wouldn't pump the vinegar water up at all, the burp-slap method worked great! Descaling now, and its on the road to full cups again!!

Jul 05, 2017
Wow fixed keurig
by: Anonymous

Removed reservoir and base plate
Turned off
Turned upside down in sink
Spanked hard (had to go thru this twice)

Jun 27, 2017
Not Brewing
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the burping advice and it worked like a charm...

thanks again!!


Jun 23, 2017
by: Anonymous

Brand new keurig -4 days old- stopped brewing. We followed the spanking instructions and it worked!

Jun 23, 2017
by: Anonymous

OMG This really worked for me!!!!! Thank you so much.

Jun 17, 2017
by: Anonymous

Worked awesome!! Thank you!!

Jun 15, 2017
Skeptical...but, holy sh!t it works!
by: Woody in Ithaca

(This is mom reviewing this...) we arrived at Woody's house, to find his Keurig sad and broken. We thought it needed to be descaled, with a bunch of vinegar.

But, we landed on this thread! Dad and Woody double-teamed the Keurig...I mean, REALLY spanked it.

It now works like a charm!

Thank you!

Jun 10, 2017
by: JJ

my descale light came on I did the vinegar and water. That really slowed down the machine. then I found this page. so I beat the machine a few times still no good and now I have water running back into the resivior from a tube on the top and now water into the cup. Please what next.

Jun 09, 2017
by: Anonymous

This totally worked!!!! Thank you for the advice.

Jun 07, 2017
I can't believe it!
by: Anonymous

Our Keurig was displaying "Brewing" but nothing was happening. Gave it a good spanking and voila! Thanks!

Jun 06, 2017
by: Anonymous

My Keurig quit brewing (would go on and select cup size but wouldn't dispense any water even the motor was running)and I called customer service and went through all their steps with no success. Then I read your slapping suggestion, tried it, and it's working again! Many Thanks!

Jun 04, 2017
It's Work Perfectly Great Idea
by: Win (SF)

I try several way but its doesn't work, i slap perfectly its work well :)

Jun 04, 2017
Slammed the bargain Keurig, it worked!
by: Bargain hunter

Got my keurig at a thrift store for 8 bucks. Decided it was worth a shot since I'm pretty handy with fixing small appliances. Got it home, cleaned it out, took it apart and got it kinda started. Descaled it. Ran okay but not great. Read your post and slammed the stuffins out of it! Works like new 😚. Thanks for the tip.

Jun 03, 2017
LMAO at this!!!!!!!
by: Anonymous

Just descaled it two days ago. Today, SLOW half cups. Finally descale message came on. Searched the net. Found this forum. Just spanked, well I'll be honest.......... beat the crap out of the bottom of the thing. And now it is brewing perfectly!!!!!!

I just cannot believe this worked. But it did, and it gave me quite a laugh.

May 26, 2017
Worked great!
by: Anonymous

Worked like a charm! Thanks for your post

May 23, 2017
This worked like a charm!
by: Robert

Have a Keurig at work - the first one that did this ended up getting 'operated on' and trashed, lol.

Next one - we descale it and it just stopped working. We suspected it was just clogged.

So we poked it...
Didn't get it working
Then we spanked it good, and gave it another good poke.

After that - some nice, hot and wet coffee poured forth.

Thanks!! :)

May 20, 2017
Wow! Works!
by: Anonymous

So I had problems with no water flow at all knowing it needed to be descaled. So I tried this method. Kept shutting it off, turning it upside down in the sink and banging on the bottom . After the fourth attempt and still no flow, I banged on it while it sat on the counter. OMG! It worked!!

May 17, 2017
It worked!
by: Anonymous

Thank you so much, I did what you said to and it worked! Thank you!

May 16, 2017
by: Anonymous

It really worked! Gave it about 6 very hard whacks over the sink. Lights started flashing again but made groaning sounds when brewed first 2 cups. Now good to go. Thanks!

May 12, 2017
Didn't work for me
by: Anonymous

This didn't work for me. As with just unplugging, I get one good cup out and then it stops pushing water through. Glad it worked for everyone here.

May 11, 2017
Burp and slap, baby!!!
by: Anonymous

2 days of paperclip poking and vinegar potions that don't brew. 2 minutes and a couole good whacks...problem solved!!

May 07, 2017
by: Anonymous

who would have thunk???!!! I recently descaled and the "descale" alert came on again after a few weeks! Found this post and tried it and it actually worked. wow.

May 07, 2017
by: Anonymous

I am so used to being careful with anything electronic that I was hesitant to spank the darn thing. But, I got frustrated after the 4th failed attempt to descale it and took the machine over to the sink and set it upside down on sink divider and whacked it hard twice.

And it worked. Saved me from going out to buy a new one today.

Thank you so much!

May 05, 2017
When slapping quit working....
by: Coffee Kate

I had been using the "slap it on top of the head" method for a couple of years. This morning, slapping, grounding, and disconnecting it from all its media favorites did not make it wasn't to do what it was told to do... time out hasn't worked in a long time. So.... I had to resort to a full on spanking. Thank you. This aggressive method of discipline still works (on this appliance and maybe still on kids). My Keurig is now being a good little Keurig and is doing what it is told to do.


May 02, 2017
It's a Miracle and Moneysaver
by: Anonymous

I live in an area that has a lot of lime in the water. i use tap water in my machine. I knew that I should descale regularly, but forgot to do it before I left for 4 months. Alas my Keurig was not working when I returned. White vinegar would not go through. Cleaning the needle with a paper clip did nothing. Came upon this post and after 3 times it worked! A miracle---$2.00 worth of white vinegar and a little rough justice and I saved at least $150.00 in a new unit

Apr 26, 2017
by: Anonymous

I gave mine a few spanks, now the water is running into the holding tank.

Apr 26, 2017
Eureka! It Worked!
by: Anonymous

Thank you for the tip.

I could not get it to work without pinching the white rubbery thing that enters the reservoir.

A few significant bangs on the bottom, and it's working great.

Apr 25, 2017
Worked like a charm
by: Heather

Thank you!! This resolved my issue and the brewer is again brewing away.

Apr 23, 2017
by: Chris christel

Used your method twice, no luck. Tried a third time, put a towel on the bottom and used a HAMMER (what have I got to lose, I'm already looking at buying a new unit) and walla now it works. Amazing!!!

Apr 18, 2017
My keurig
by: Carme

My says de scale I did and still running noting canes out the I get coffee maybe if drops is driving me crazy . What to do , do I need a new one ?

Apr 16, 2017
worked thanks
by: Anonymous

worked for me also thank you!!!

Apr 12, 2017
by: Anonymous

My cuisinart keurig brewer wouldn't brew anymore. It would run and run and no water would come out. I tried everything - and the burp slap worked! Amazing!!

Apr 12, 2017
by: ELT

Flow had slowed to a trickle; descaling didn't really help. Descaling PLUS this trick made it work like new again. Thanks!

Apr 12, 2017
by: Adam

I've fiddled with the Keurig in our office for MONTHS. Two minutes after turning over the machine and smacking it a few times, I'm enjoying the largest cup of coffee it has brewed in at least a year. Thanks!

Apr 07, 2017
Spanking my Keurig
by: Miss Jane

Omg! I just spanked my Keurig and it worked! Thank you!

Apr 07, 2017
Slapping works!
by: Croomester

I had tried running vinegar through but there was no flow. A couple (actually 3-5) vigorous slaps over the sink, and hey presto. Guess I don't need to go to Bed bath & beyond today! Thanks!!!

Mar 24, 2017
Keurig could learn some troubleshooting here!
by: Keurig needs to read this!!

Completely agree with the comments on here about Keurig customer support not knowing how to tell you to fix your machine. They tried to tell me that I needed to clean the needle and descale the machine, when it had been working just fine the previous cup. I never would have believed it but the slap method certainly did work for me.

Mar 23, 2017
Hitting the Bottom Works!
by: Anonymous

The Add Water, Heating, and Medium Cup lights were blinking, and I couldn't get my machine to do anything. Turning it upside down and hitting the bottom a few times actually worked! Thank you!

Mar 18, 2017
No help from Keurig
by: Anonymous

I called customer service for them to tell me they could give me a new coffee maker for a discount and basically didn't help me troubleshoot a single thing. I told her I had water coming out the bottom and very little bit in my cup. I then (on my own) once I hung up.tried just brewing hot water and I got a full cup of just the water. I then found this method and I was cracking up...So I tried it...Slapped the crap out of it and it worked!!!! Thank you so much and thanks for nothing Keurig!!!

Mar 17, 2017
by: Anonymous

My Keurig was down and out for about 7 years. During the recent snow storm I decided to see if I could get it to work or have the company replace it for me. Of course they wouldn't replace it since my machine is so old. I looked online and found this tip.
The Keurig would not draw water and was making a loud noise. The paper clip truck did not work.

I found this tip and cradling and hitting the bottom of the Keurig two times WORKED LIKE A CHARM.

Thank you for posting this. I am back in business.

Mar 13, 2017
skeptical but it worked!!!
by: Anonymous

i had called keurig customer service and was told to clean out the needle (since i had already descaled several times before it quit brewing) but this didnt work. I was told that they could give me a discount on a new brewer since there was probably something wrong with the hose. I googled some self help tips, came up with this site and tried it. worked like a charm and now we've got our coffee back. Thank you so much!

Mar 13, 2017
by: Anonymous

Didn't think this would work at all but a couple spanks is cheaper than a new machine. It worked!!!?

Mar 12, 2017
Assault and Battery on the Keurig
by: Blakemama

After the descale light refused to go off and I cleaned everything twice, I Googled and found this page. I grabbed my Keurig, which was already smarting from all the bad words I was saying to it. I turned it upside and spanked it. A little violence and its tantrum is over.

Mar 08, 2017
by: Anonymous

It does work. Just a few spanks ☕☕☕

Mar 04, 2017
It worked lol
by: Anonymous

I think unplugging it was what worked but it did work, hx

Feb 26, 2017
You saved the morning!
by: Stephanie

Thank you so much...I did the de- scaling with no luck. My Keurig didn't start acting right until I turned it over and gave it a few spankings! Works like a charm now!!!

Feb 15, 2017
Slap and burp
by: Cindi

Worked like a charm!!! I had thought I would have to send it in😔

Feb 13, 2017
It Worked!
by: Anonymous

No visit ideas ever seem to work for me so I went into this method with skepticism but nothing else had worked so why not. Turned it upside down, hit it a few times and tried it, guess what, it is pumping water again, go figure. Thanks.

Feb 08, 2017
This works..
by: Pat

I must say I've had my problems with my Keurig 450. It often brews half a cup, spits and gurgles. I've descaled using vinegar, cleaned out the nozzles/needles(fill and exit) and usually this works, until today. I tried everything, then got online and found this article. I tried "burping and slapping" it on the bottom, and low and behold it worked. I will definitely try this first in the future, along with cleaning the fill and exit nozzles/needles. Thanks

Feb 07, 2017
It really works:)
by: Eugenia

You are a lifesaver!! Thank you for the great tip!! Now time for morning coffee.

Feb 05, 2017
by: Anonymous

I have fought with my stupid machine for a week. I finally decided to give this a try and I'm amazed. It actually works. I had descaled and cleaned everything and still the coffee was only dribbling out and not making a full cup. This has taken care of the problem. Thank you so much.

Feb 01, 2017
can't believe this worked
by: David

I messed with every setting I could find and even replaced the entire water filter assembly and it didn't work. A few good slaps and it came back to life. Crazy!

Jan 29, 2017
by: Anonymous

Wow!! After 2 hours of trying solutions I saw on Youtube to get the Keurig working again as no water would come through, I came across this forum and decided to try the burp and slap method. I turned it upside down, thought of my ex husband and started pounding the crap out of the bottom. VOILA!!! I works like a charm!! Many, many thanks!!!! Linda in Vancouver BC Canada ☺ ☺ ☺

Jan 28, 2017
by: Wendy

I was ready to throw my Keurig out after the descaling didn't fix it. But, the spanking did the trick .. thank you very much!!

Jan 07, 2017
Clogged Hose
by: Anonymous

I cleaned it with vinegar worked for only one cup. I cleaned the needles with the paper clip method, still nothing.Tried the "slap and burp" method and I could hear a little action but still no water came out. I read the comment about taking the needle out and cleaning it. I unscrewed the "cover to take the needle out. I tried to brew a cup with the hose exposed to see where the issues was. It was the filter inside the hose. I squeezed the filter and it released whatever was clogged. It has worked perfect since.

Jan 01, 2017
Another corporal punisher
by: Anonymous

I was descaling my Keurig when it just stopped brewing vinegar! So I googled & read this post. I marched right over to the machine, detached parts, unplugged, turned it over, and thumped it. Then I shook it. Then black bits sprinkled out. I started it up & continued the descaling-- and more black bits streamed out. Thank-you, Coffee Detective.

Dec 31, 2016
It worked!
by: Casey

Never, ever in a million years would I think this would work.

Yet somehow, it does- my Kurig works perfectly again. Absolutely amazing.

Dec 29, 2016
Mine didn't like the whipping
by: TracyM

I tried the spanking trick, it worked long enough to run about enough water to equal a cup of water. I pushed the button again.... NOTHING !!! I spanked it again... Water came out alright... Out from under it. So I guess we all can't get so lucky.😢

Dec 29, 2016
Wifey was turning into a savage Silver Back and one comment did it all
by: Canadian Brew Aha

One comment stood out above all the rest. The comment was referring to the slapping was working because it was dislodging the clogged 3 prong needle. Well I took my Keruigs needle out before my wife was ready to lay a savage beating on this poor Keurig. It was a clogged needle. I had to take of the two screws holding it in place and remove the plastic collar that is held in place by another two screws. Wiggled it out and VOILA. It worked immediately after I blew it out. wish I could post pics but u get the picture, yes, pun intended.

Keruig Model # B70

LOL Happy New Year

P.S. Fix it before she wakes or have a snicker bar handy.

Dec 26, 2016
It's a Christmas miracle!
by: DadDude65

Wife had problems with the Kuerig after I used it before work. Somehow, she got it to work. Now, day after Christmas, same story, but won't brew. Tried you're tip of spanning the naughty Kuerig, and it worked!! Happy wife, happy life! :)

Dec 25, 2016
Worked for my model V500.
by: Anonymous

One day it quit making full cups. I brew 12 oz cups and it would make about 6 oz. As a work around I was running it twice and turning the machine off when it reached a full cup on the second go if it approached th top of the cup.

Found this site and gave it a try. After the first attempt it would make about 10 oz instead of 12. So I tried it again and nearly beat it to death this time. I used a shoe with a nice, thick rubber sole.

Now it's brewing 12 oz cups. One thing to note is that it didn't make a full cup on the first attempt after beating it but it did on the second and subsequent cups so far.

Dec 18, 2016
by: Anonymous

I'm embarrassed to so say that I've also unleashed a severe beating upon my keurig. I'm ashamed. But it worked. The end justifies the means! Beat it!

Dec 17, 2016
by: Joy in Kansas

Took about 4 good beatings, but it's brewing away now! Thanks!

Dec 13, 2016
What about a rubber mallet?
by: Anonymous

I tried this when all else failed, and it worked but I am a senior and have arthritis in my hands, which made this a terribly painful experience. Do you think I could use my rubber mallet on it instead the next time a spanking is needed? Perhaps someone might suggest the exact spot on the bottom to hit it without breaking it? This is intended as a serious question.
Thank you.

Dec 04, 2016
Wish I'd read the "use caution" comment before trying...
by: Anonymous

This totally worked for me! I only wish I'd read Todd's comment below before trying - when I turned the machine upright, hot water came spewing out all over my sink and hand. Let's just say the Keurig got a few extra slaps after that happened :) worked like a charm though!

Dec 04, 2016
Don't spare the rod
by: Dustin

I tried the spanking method, not because I thought it would work but because I was just ready to smack the coffee maker. It worked! My wife said it's because she said "bad Keurig" while I spanked it.
Thanks for the tip.

Dec 02, 2016
it worked
by: Anonymous

worked like a charm!!

Nov 30, 2016
by: Anonymous

Surprisingly it actually really works!
I've tried descaling with vinegar numerous times before with moderate success. But banging it was a way faster fix.

Nov 30, 2016
Sometimes a spanking is OK!
by: Anonymous

I thought this was nuts, but nothing else had worked so gave it a try. Worked like a charm!

Nov 29, 2016
by: Anonymous

Finally!! Worked like a charm!! I spanked it big time!! Wow!! So silly this worked!! I'm grateful, thank you!!

Nov 20, 2016
worked here as well
by: Anonymous

Someone dumped a B60 in the alley near us, it looked like it was in excellent condition. We have an espresso machine anyway, but being curious, I brought it in and turned it on. Immediately, cold water started streaming from the spout, non stop. Gave it a few good hard smacks on the base, plugged it in and it started working properly. I've since descaled it with vinegar and it's 100%
Shame that the pods are so hideously expensive and wasteful. Ground or whole bean coffee is 4 times cheaper! I think we will keep it for instant hot water and use refillable pods only. Worth every penny I didn't pay for it!

Nov 20, 2016
Use caution
by: Todd

Common sense aside, I made the mistake of trying the descaling and then finding the spanking method. Not thinking I unplugged it turned it on its head over the sink and gave it a couple good smacks when it spewed boiling hot water all over the place including on the hand that was holding it... Apparently it didn't like being spanked... ;0)

Nov 19, 2016
Yep! Its working again!!
by: Anonymous

After flushing several times with water and vinegar our Keurig just refused to work. I tried the straw and that really seemed to help- together with a few good slaps...we are back to brewing!!
Thank you!

Nov 17, 2016
You're the bomb
by: Anonymous

Worked like a charm! I was about to give up on her, poked it, gave her a descaling vinegar bath but nothing worked. Spanked her and she fired right up!

Nov 09, 2016
by: Anonymous

Worked here too..... it certainly beats buying "descaling solution" from Keurig!

Nov 08, 2016
It does work!!!
by: Drinkingcoffeeagain

Mr. coffee keurig brewer would make noise but wouldn't spit out water. I tried a paperclip in the needles but water would only trickle out. I was 10 seconds away from throwing it in the trash. I found this site and thought, why not. I could take out my aggression on it. I took off the reservoir and turned over that bad, bad machine and spanked the bottom hard till I broke blood vessels in my thumb. After a few brew cycles it works again!!! It appeared that the coffee grounds were clogging it up
And by beating it senseless, they get dislodged.

Thanks for saving me 60 bucks. I almost threw this out. Yeah!!!☕️️☕️️☕️️☕️️

Nov 08, 2016
Love the Slap and Tickle method
by: Anonymous

After a few good shaming slaps I used CLR and rinsed two full reserve tanks to clear out all sedatives. I'm now enjoying a full, fast, fresh cup of joe! Thanks

Nov 03, 2016
by: Anonymous

Great advice ! It worked

Nov 01, 2016
No time out.
by: Anonymous

Time out would not have worked, but your plan did. Thanks

Nov 01, 2016
by: Anonymous

Because we received this Keurig secondhand I had no instructions re: cleaning it out. After several attempts to "descale" with the vinegar, it wasn't clearing but only approx. 1/2 cup through. Like the others, I was getting frustrated. At first I "shook" the machine thinking maybe it would shake some junk loose. It didn't work so I went online and happened upon your site first thing! So glad I did, unhooked everything again, slapped it on its bottom a few times, fingers crossed and tried again, wala !! Works great, thank you!

Oct 31, 2016
Weird but effective fix
by: Anonymous

Yup. Slapping the coffee maker works. Very strange.

Oct 31, 2016
Yay! Thank you
by: Anonymous

This worked like a charm!!

Oct 30, 2016
worked on my B60
by: Brian

Had problems just like everybody else, partial cup fill, weird noises, dripping. Cleaned out the needles and checked the tubing, no luck.

Turned it over and smacked it, and now I'm running my third tank through!

I guess maybe hitting it sharply breaks some sediment buildup free. My first few cups had a lot of sandy particulate matter and coffee grounds in them but that has cleared up now.

Thanks for sharing your tip and saving me some money :)

Oct 24, 2016
Sometimes the simple solution is the solution.
by: Anonymous

Skeptical as I am, I waited until I was out of options to try some of these suggestions. It 'can' work, if your machine is having one of the typical problems - I would say it is possible you might void your warranty if your machine is new; but if your past the warranty, and the easiest solutions have been tried, these are worth trying.

Oct 23, 2016
Yup it works
by: Anonymous

Like an old tv, gave it a good ol spankin and it started working perfectly again! Excited!

Oct 18, 2016
It worked!
by: Anonymous

Was so stressed, no tea and the Keurig just kept saying "Brewing" but nothing and I mean nothing was happening. I couldn't get any water through it so descaling was not an option. I flipped it over, slapped it a few times and it works great now. When it started brewing hot water just kept flowing out of it because I tried brewing a few times when it wasn't working but I'm drinking tea as I type this. Thanks for saving me money by not having to purchase a new Keurig, you're the BEST!!!

Oct 13, 2016
Slap Slap Slap
by: Anonymous

Wow this really worked! I gave our Keurig a good couple le of slaps and it started dripping again! Thanks

Oct 11, 2016
I'm a believer!
by: Anonymous

I was totally ready to purchase a new Keurig when this popped up. Turned it upside down and bruised my wrist, but I got it to work. After one cup it was the same shenanigans. So I tried again. Same thing. The 4th time I smacked it, put some descaler in the reservoir and let it start running then shut the whole thing off and let it sit for 20 minutes. Now I've ran 2 reservoirs worth of water and it's wlemk g fine

Oct 04, 2016
The final fix
by: Anonymous

I did everything as perscribed and no luck...until I "burped" it as above. Dam ...if it didn't work.
This should be in every manual!!!

Oct 03, 2016
You are a godsend!
by: Anonymous

Thank you for posting this! It is the first time in months our keurig has brewed a full cup of coffee!

Sep 30, 2016
Thank You!
by: Anonymous

It Worked! Thanks a bunch!!☺

Sep 28, 2016
by: Anonymous


Sep 17, 2016
by: Lee Anonymous

Thank you so much!!!! It's got to be hard slapping though, first time did not work, read more comments decided to give it another go and so happy I did! Working again :)

Sep 15, 2016
by: Anonymous

We had tried everything.....many flushings with vinegar and even CLR. None of those were working. We were only getting a couple drops when it said it was brewing. So, my husband beat the crap out of it and now it is running great. Thanks!!!

Sep 04, 2016
It worked!
by: Winna

Blew compressed air through both sides of the rubber grommet over the reservoir. The left side side blew the air into the bottom of the tank. The right side blew the air through the machine and forced the waiting water down and into my cup. But it still wouldn't work without compressed air forcing the water through. Tried the slappping and now it is working as it did when new. Can't believe it worked so well. I used to spank my kids when they were bad too. Old school :)

Aug 19, 2016
Oh yeah!
by: Swede man

Like many electronic devices a good hard slap, ( actually 5 minutes), did the trick. Since I like my hand not to be in pain, I looked around the kitchen and found the rolling pin. Good hard slaps all across the bottom and then a few just water runs and I was ready to sacrifice a K-cup. Put in my evening tea and it ran as fast as it did the day it was new. Is there a cup counter that gets reset? Anywho I am back in business for😋🙏👍🏻✌️

Aug 14, 2016
by: Anonymous

This works!! I was ready to go and buy a new one when I read this!! Works better than ever now!!

Aug 14, 2016
had to fix ours today
by: Juliekins

Keurig not working. blew out the line, cleared the needles, cleaned all the parts, and then descaled with h2o and vinegar. then it worked but it quit again. shook the water holder and cleaned out the hole it drains in to. then turned it upside down and spanked it hard a few times and it has run fine through 3 whole resevours (sp?). keeping my fingers crossed. it is only 8 mos old. thanks for the tips.

Aug 14, 2016
Spank process worked
by: Anonymous

I tried the straw method first, but that didn't work for me. Then, I unplugged the unit, removed the water reservoir and the bottom piece that catches water and walked over to my sink with the Keurig unit. I turned it over and spanked it hard about 10 times. I plugged it back in, and put the water reservoir back in and it made some extra noise, but it worked. Since it was still loud, I repeated the process, and then all was good. THANKS.

Aug 14, 2016
Descaling and hitting machine
by: Kim

Thank You for your advise. We are up and running.

Aug 14, 2016
by: Anonymous

NEEDED MY MORNING COFFEE...getting desperate, tried cleaning clogged needles, ready to descale...then I found this post...NO JOKE, THE BURB & SLAP WORKED PERFECTLY!!


Aug 08, 2016
by: Anonymous

So far several good spankings haven't started it. It gurgles good but when the button is pushed to brew a cup, nothing comes out even though the little screen says "Brewing". Frustrated.

Aug 02, 2016
only brewing half cup
by: Bev

I was skeptical about this "spanking" method,but what the heck..I tried this and IT WORKS like new again!!

Aug 01, 2016
by: Bonnie in St Catharines

Worked like a charm!!! My partner thought I was crazy but now impressed!

Jul 29, 2016
Update on Spanking the Keurig
by: Merry

The applied spanking got the Keurig to brew a cup. Next brew, back to the bad behavior. Spanked it again, and it worked. Next brew, same thing--dribbling to finally a 1/4 filled cup and then it stopped. I don't want to spank it every time I need a cup of coffee. Will now resort to the descaling method and hope it cures it. Maybe I'm not tough enough on the Keurig....

Jul 29, 2016
Saved the Keurig!!!
by: RM

Well, I am on vacation and was about to throw away the Keurig Mini that I always travel with. I spanked it, blew through a straw, and sent vinegar through it. Saved!!!!! Thanks for the sound advice.

Jul 28, 2016
by: Anonymous

Good spanking overturned in the sink and coffee flowing again! thanks! :)

Jul 26, 2016
VERY skeptical, BUT IT WORKED!

Our Keurig was not brewing full cups, and just dribbling out of the spout. I was going to buy the Keurig descaling product but decided to try the vinegar method I had seen online. When I searched my emails as to where that article was, this article I had archived a few years ago! I was very skeptical that this silly spanking would do anything. I CAN HARDLY BELIEVE IT, BUT IT WORKED!! I spanked it twice, with going through the easy process each time between the spankings. CRAZY, but it worked. I wish I knew WHY. Spanking shouldn't affect any scale buildup. I am now going to do the vinegar process just for good measure. We've had the pot for 2 years and I have never done the maintenance of descaling every 3-6 months....whoops. Thank you for this solution, Coffee Detective!!

Jul 23, 2016
It worked!!!
by: Bill R

I had just about given up on my Keurig. I was on my second one and I had to descale it every day or two. I was beginning to truly hate this machine and the poor technology behind it. I thought that Keurig must have known about the less that one year life span of their product. I thought this must have been a built in life limiting feature to ensure everyone has to buy a new Keurig every year or so.

Well I thought the smack around tip was stupid but I took out in the back yard and shook it and I do mean shook it. I dropped on the grass in a few directions. I didn't care if I broke it, actually I hated this product now. I went back into the house and plugged it in. I added water and ran a cup water flowed through the machine. It ran like new but had black flakes in the water for the first few runs???. Great tip. It worked, at least for today.

Jul 23, 2016
Still doesn't work
by: Linda

I slapped 4 times. I still have to pinch that little rubber thing about the water reservoir. I put the paper clip in both sides but when I want coffee I have to block it shut for it to drip. Anyone have that happen?

Jul 14, 2016
Used both methods
by: Anonymous

The spank and burp didn't work and then I tried the straw method and really blew hard 3-4 times into the area where the water reservoir clicks into the unit (my unit doesn't have a visible tube as one other person stated was on his unit). I then tried it again and viola works great now.

Jul 10, 2016
Thank you....
by: William

I was about ready to call my Keurig dead, when as a last ditch effort decided to do one last google search and discovered this website. I went back to the kitchen and tried this slapping method. And as I was in the process my wife happened to walk by and stopped to watch what I was doing. She must had been thinking that I must be pretty desperate for a cup of coffee if I have resorted to beating up the coffee maker.

But it worked! I was totally amazed. Thank you....

Jul 04, 2016
Holy S___t
by: Anonymous

Thank God I came across this when I googled. Within minutes of throwing out (3rd one). My Daughter tried to descale and only got "PRIME" on display. I went into kitchen and pounded it hard enough to hurt my hand.

It works perfectly now!! Easiest fix I've ever done. I'm an electronic engineer who has traveled the world solving difficult problems, but would have never come up with this one. I can see how some frustrated non-technical person would have come up with this one.

Jul 03, 2016
Descaled w/Keurig product, brewed 2 cups and it quit...
by: Happy slapper!

It was giving me the "de-scaling needed" message after I had just done so. It simply stopped brewing. I laughed when I read the "slapping" method but gave it a try, and with no k cup in the machine, I brewed hot water, and it came out faster than it has in months! Thanks for this crazy tip! I will descale again in a few months, and spank again if ever needed! :)

Jul 03, 2016
by: Anonymous

Worked great. This seems more of a problem of coffee in the line than really a scale problem.particulate matter came out once the machine spanked. Thanks

Jul 02, 2016
Spank and Brew Methodology
by: Brad & Erica

Thank you! Worked like a charm and got our frustrations out all at the same time. Tried other suggestions first and this is the ONLY one that worked.

Spank on bro and thanks again.

Ahhh coffee again......

Brad & Erica

Jul 01, 2016
by: Carla

I have the mini Keurig and this worked. I noticed only a drip would come out. I was about to take the machine a part. Then I tried the turn slap method. I gave it maybe 4 or 5 good hard slaps.

Jul 01, 2016
by: Mr. Collins

....aaaaaaaaande we have coffee!

Jun 24, 2016
slapping method
by: Anonymous

I just did this. It spit and blew steam out but now all the lights are on at the same time and I can't get it to work :(

Jun 21, 2016
Not happy
by: Anonymous

Beat the crap outta mine after reading several comments from people really hitting it, one even used a rubber mallet. Well now 2 pieces of my cup part broke off. Thanks! Wasn't working anyway so I guess it didn't really matter. But this isn't the fix all! Not happy!

Jun 20, 2016
Thank you!
by: Mary

Sienna, thank you SO much! And thanks to the person who posted that the rubber mallet worked. Worked like a charm for me. So happy!!!

Jun 08, 2016
K50 Brewer
by: Ron

After 4 attempts at Slap and shake(to the point of sore hands)it Finally managed to Brew. Running a full tank cycle of water and Vinegar through it now, But I am amazed!

Jun 02, 2016
Newbee Spanker here
by: Keurig Spanker

And it works! Thank you so much!

May 27, 2016
Hard-headed machine
by: Teethdood

I spanked the crap out of its bottom and sides many many times. Good workout really. First few tries were duds. I proceeded to beat the snot -- I mean coffee particles -- out of it. It is now working great. We will see how long before another spanking is needed. Thank you, and good luck to all.

May 23, 2016
Another Happy Whacker
by: Anonymous

Wow, spanking worked for me, too. Wish I'd known about this for the Keurig brewer I got rid of. Thanks everyone for the great advice.

May 20, 2016
Saved me from buying a new machine
by: Anonymous

Thank you for posting this as it worked like a charm and saved me from buying a new machine!

May 19, 2016
2 days- no coffee!!!
by: Anonymous

I was about to go crazy. I descaled with vinegar and kept getting a descale light and then it stopped brewing full cups. I could only get about a tablespoon at a time and then only if I unplugged it and restarted it over and over again. I found this page and did the paper clip clean out and then spanked it hard 4 times and MAGIC-I HAVE COFFEE! Thanks for the help.

May 17, 2016
Be careful: Burp and Burn
by: Anonymous

Well, the Keurig was cranky and resisted the burp, so I went to the Burp and Shake method which released the air block. Ouch, it worked so quickly that I didn't have time to get my hand out of the way. My advice is to keep all body parts away while shaking.

May 15, 2016
Oh my God it works!
by: Anonymous

Works like a charm. This tip is great for users (like myself) who don't use their Keurig on a weekly basis. After 2-4 wacks followed by 1 cycle of water/vinegar, your brewer works perfectly. Your coffee/tea will taste better too! Thanks :-)

Apr 28, 2016
by: Ian

Found this site and tried to "smack" my machine. The first few times didn't produce any results. I was pretty bummed, NEED MY COFFEE!

I was about ready to throw in the towel when I thought what the heck and turned to a rubber mallet. 5 or 6 really hard smacks and presto!

Coffee is good ;-)

Apr 24, 2016
It worked!
by: Anonymous

Thank you so much for the advice and saving my Keurig brewer.

Apr 24, 2016
This really works!
by: Gern

Shockingly this really works. Took three good wacks and sure enough it cleared the blockage. I went ahead and ran a complete cycle (emptying the water vessel) of 50/50 vinegar and water to clear out any other scaly gunk. Then flushed with fresh water.


Apr 16, 2016
OMG!!! Amazing!
by: Anonymous

We were moments away from ordering a new machine when I found this site. My husband smacked the heck out of our Keurig and voila!!!! Don't be timid, let it have it!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!

Apr 16, 2016
Yep it works. Just do it!
by: Anonymous

It worked!!!!! Yay!!!

Apr 07, 2016
Descale light & won't brew
by: Coffee addict

Replaced the machine at home & I took the older Kuerig down to our lake home. Plugged it in praying it would work (we've been dealing with an old drip coffee maker without a pot & using a wooden spoon to release the brewed goodness to a mug...don't ask why). No Bueno, not only did it not brew, the des cake light came on.

Found this page & proceeded to spank the silly thing. First spanking didn't work. Second spanking & harder drew "what the heck are you doing" looks from my honey. The descale light went off, but still not brewing. Third spanking brought the man out of his easy chair, saying "I really don't know if that's a good idea, there's electronics inside". But he proceeded to pound on the sides. IT WORKED!!! Guess who is taking credit...yeppers, the man who said it wasn't a good idea!

Apr 02, 2016
Third Time Was The Ticket
by: Anonymous

I was about to give up after the second failed slap and burp, then read the comment about going at it a third time. It worked! I also shook it really hard (what did I have to lose?), which seemed to help a lot as well.

Mar 30, 2016
by: Anonymous

My coffee pot will not brew, it says PRIME and Brew Temp.What do I do to make it work.tal

Mar 29, 2016
Spanking the Keurig, worked!
by: Anonymous

3/29/2016 - I spanked my Keurig K-cup and it worked! When I turned it upside down, water came out and it probably unclogged something when I spanked it 4 times.
I turned it upside down and upright , twice and something worked!
Thank you for the tip!

Mar 29, 2016
Saved my head!
by: Anonymous

Thanks - couldn't even begin to descale. Could have banged my head instead of the machine if I hadn't seen this post. How often do you get a low-tech fix that relieves your frustration AND even works!?!

Mar 27, 2016
What's the Science Here?
by: Steve H

Does anyone know the science behind this spanking / burping method?

What's really going on inside the machine ?

On my B77 I had to replace the Air Pump and a leaking Water Solenoid.. all my tubes are clear, like new, and tightly fitted.

Yet I too have the annoying burping problem !

I'd like to find a permanent cure.. I'm like a few other posters below.. first thing in the morning isn't the best time for me to be messing with the machine.

Steve H

Editor's Note: As far as I can tell, the problem and the cure are related to air bubbles forming in the water pump. The air stops the pump working, and the inversion and slap dislodges it.

Mar 27, 2016
by: JT

Gave it several good whacks and it works again. Thanks for the tip. Feel like trying it on the computer next time....

Mar 25, 2016
Didn't work :(
by: Debi

Decided to de-scale today & 2 vinegar brews later it wouldn't work at all. Did the slapping..nothing. Now it's broken & the sad part is it wasn't broken until today when I went to clean it. Very unhappy.

Mar 23, 2016
It works!
by: Anonymous

I tried everything when water would just trickle through my machine. So frustrating! Finally found this page! Slap and burp worked on the third time! First two times I was slapping it too softly. Finally, third try and water started pouring out of it. Afterward, worked like new! Thank you!

Mar 22, 2016
Stepped it up a notch!
by: Jimmy Five Fingers

Was not sure if I was slapping it hard enough although my hand stung like hell, so I slapped it with a 12 inch 2 by 4!

Works fine now!

Mar 22, 2016
Saved another keurig.
by: Anonymous

I have a black keurig with the two cup sizes. My brother was tossing it. It was brewing slow vinegar didn't work. I had got mine to work before so I thought I would fix it. Well this was bad, my methods weren't working, also tried dish soap, it's like 4-5yrs old+.

So I followed the method, hitting it hard, and added even more beating to the sides. lol. Set up and brewed 2 cups+ each time. Did this process like 6-7 times to be sure. It was probably good by the 5th I think. lol The water came out really murky a few times.

It's brewing like a champ! Steady stream.

I run it with the rubber seal off no cup during the process. At first it was like 50 seconds to run a small cup through - from the time it starts coming out.. in 4 little streams.

Now it's only 20 seconds and a strong stream, I think it will be good to go.

Mar 20, 2016
by: Anonymous

What in the world. It worked!!! Extremely happy right now!

Mar 19, 2016
Omg, it worked
by: Linda Scott

I beat it, nothing happened, so when my big zesty man came in the kitchen I told him to beat the shit out of it and he works!!!

Mar 14, 2016
Omg it worked!
by: Anonymous

Slapping it a few times worked!!! I'm so happy. I called Kuerig and they asked a few questions and tried to sell me another one for 135.00. I smacked it a few times plugged it in and walked off, came back and it was ready to brew!!!! Yippee

Mar 09, 2016
Compressed Air
by: Michael

I tried the vinegar without success. Tried spanking the bottom still no luck. Used the paper clip to clean the hole(s) but again without success.

Ready to go out and buy something else! Last minute effort I blew it out with a can of compressed air used to clean my computers. Low and behold, it worked a treat and we are back in business!

Feb 29, 2016
Worked like a charm!
by: Anonymous

I was in the process of descaling my Keurig. It flowed beautifully on the first round but the second round it completely stopped and acted like it was not able to pull water out of the reservoir. I tried everything and searched the Internet numerous times. I'm so glad I found this site! This morning I did exactly as you suggested and I'm now enjoying a great cup of coffee!

Feb 28, 2016
Paper clip worked for me
by: Anonymous

Got the same error message to descale after it stopped brewing. Small paperclip into the upper and lower water jets (the areas that pierce your K-cup) and the unit worked perfectly.

I'd try this first before slapping your machine anyways, as its a bit more of a finesse than force method.

Feb 28, 2016
Burping the machine
by: Anonymous

I had the add water, red light and medium light blinking on my keurig. I tried everything but couldnt descale it because it would not take on water. I saw the comment about turning it upside down and burping it. I did it once and it started to work and then stopped. Then I did it again and now it works. I will be running a descale just to be safe, now that it can pull in the water.

Feb 27, 2016
It works
by: Anonymous

Wow the spanking worked. HAHA Keurig website had nothing that helped.

Feb 27, 2016
Open the dam, dammit
by: Amy

Only downside to slapping the snot out of it is that I it always seems to happen when I first wake up. Add to that my Irish temper and, well, I'm afraid things my go homicidal some day and I'll have to bury the Keurig body. Ssshhhh!

Feb 21, 2016
Slap method works
by: Von

My keurig was barely putting out water so I tried descaling it. After running vinegar and water through it would not even put out one drop. I was very frustrated and googled the problem and came across the slap method article. I thought it was crazy but had nothing to lose. Well my keurig now works again! Thank you for the article

Feb 15, 2016
Keurig rep said it was dead and time to get a new one for $135
by: Anonymous

I had called Keurig and they walked me through gleaning the needles ...when that didn't work and I had said after 2 minutes of green light power on, Keurig rep said it was dead and nothing could be done ...they give me a deal on a new one =$136 ...I said no thanks off the phone and last ditch effort turned it upside down and "spanked" it a few times--it worked !!! Thank you !!! Amazing !!!!

Feb 15, 2016
by: Amy

Just the act of beating the crap out of it is good therapy. The fact that it makes it work is like having someone else foot the therapy bill. Win/Win

Feb 14, 2016
by: christa

I just happened upon your post trying to find why my damn new Cusinart wouldn't do anything but tell me to descale after having made only one cup of coffee.

Beat the crap out of the bottom, and OMG--it's working for the first time in months!


Feb 09, 2016
That actually worked
by: Anonymous

I just bought a Keurig today and it would not work for the life of me. Did this and it worked. Strange!

Feb 01, 2016
Spank it Like ya Mean It!
by: Rob Dylan

to descale, or not to descale, THAT is the question.

Thank you internet, and thank you Coffee Detective

Spanking worked!!!!

Jan 30, 2016
Corporal punishment works
by: Anonymous

My parents Keurig stopped working after their move. I tried to brew a few cups, but nothing came out. Tried cleaning it but that didn't work - tried the paperclip to unclog anything, but nothing. Then I came to this article... wow. It worked! I guess you have to put your Keurig in line once in while :)

Jan 28, 2016
The Dynamic Disturbance Technique
by: Joe Crilly

The Dynamic Disturbance Technique "invert and give it a good swat" really works great ! Our unit was plagued by water bypassing back into the tank . I tried de-scaling with vinegar before and it did not fix the bypass problem . After trying this technique and running a tank of vinegar and then a tank of water through the unit , it works like new !

Jan 26, 2016
Vue brew button not responding
by: Anonymous

Has anyone ever had a problem with the brew light on the Veu? Mine flashes indicating that it is ready to brew the coffee however, when you press the brew button it does not work. It just keeps flashing.

Jan 23, 2016
Who/What doesn't like a good spanking??
by: Coffee's Back

After the vinegar method last week not working, I found this article through a Google search and just laughed. When I looked up replacing this unit on Amazon, $400 when I bought it new for $80? I'd rather not drop that much.

So I went into the kitchen, pulled the reservoir, flipped it over and spanked the hell out of it!

Now it works! Sweet!

Jan 23, 2016
Good ole spanking worked
by: Anonymous

Try descaling instructions repeatedly to no avail. Ran into this article and voila - all my Keurig needed was a good ole spanking ! Thanks for the tip.

Jan 21, 2016
it worked!
by: Becky

Same problem, same result! Thank you Selena for posting this and thereby saving the world as you're letting us all get our morning cup of Joe and therefore making functional human beings!

Jan 18, 2016
Piece of Junk!
by: Anonymous

I've had my Keurig a little over 2 years; a retirement gift so I could have coffee and read the paper. After a couple of weeks I went back to my old standby--Nescafe Instant--strong and wakes me up. Didn't think much of it but I hadn't made 25 K-cups in it but it's past the warranty so I'm stuck with a gift that cost over $100 and it won't work...bought new filters, spanked it, cleaned it with vinegar, all to still no coffee. Over the holidays I visited my sister in AZ and she has a Keurig that you add water one cup at the time and I so enjoyed it I decided to use it again. Still no coffee coming out or water...I have a "Mirror" brand percolator, circa 1950-something. It still works after 60 years so I'm going back to it! Just because your old enough to be retired doesn't mean you should be! Made a great potful the other day--the whole house had the aroma of fresh perked coffee!! What a morning!

Jan 17, 2016
Thank You so much. My machine works again
by: Mark

I descaled my machine with vinegar just as Keurig suggests and it worked for a few days and then once again I got the dreaded de-scale message:). I tried the slap method and its working fine, much better than it did when I descaled the machine. The stream of water is better and I am now writing this to say THANK YOU.
This is the first time I have taken the time to write anything like this on a website. Once again thank you.

Jan 16, 2016
Like a charm...
by: Anonymous

Having my first "full" cup in a long while! Thanks for the great tip!

Jan 16, 2016
Can't believe it worked!
by: Anonymous

Following other online advice on using vinegar to clean my Keurig, my coffee maker quit working. It was making all the right sounds but no water was coming out into the cup. I was very distraught! I really didn't want to spend a bunch on a new maker. I very skeptically tried this because my only other option was the trash can. It worked! Don't know why it works. Maybe this dislodges some sediment that settles into the mechanism while descaling with vinegar. Give it a try before you throw away your machine! Thanks a million!

Jan 15, 2016
I love a good spanking
by: Angie

This article saved my life.. At the risk of sounding dramatic, I was at the end of my rope until spanking my keurig saved Thank you so so muvh. Nothing else worked, I had to hit it a few times but it worked. Whew...I can breathe again.

Jan 14, 2016
by: Sandy the keurig spanker

Thanks for saving me like 200 bucks!! I'll be the first to admit that I treat my keurig terribly! I make at least 4 cups a day for years on end and haven't cleaned it....ever!! So when it stopped working this morning I wasn't completely shocked but really sad! A quick google search brought this up and your great advice saved the day! I plan to start spanking all of my appliances now when they give me trouble!

Jan 10, 2016
It worked!
by: SueRobTX

I'm not a coffee addict so when my Keurig stopped working I was annoyed, but not frantic. When the rescale message came on, I had no clue how to proceed. Since we have only filtered water in the house, I was sceptical about mineral buildup as the reason for the problem.

I turned to the web and fortunately found your blog. Figured there was ne harm in trying your slap and burp method, and, be darned--it worked!

In addition to some coffee grinds that came out, there was a tiny piece of plastic that came out-- not sure where it came from. However I put everything back together, flushed the Machine with plain water a couple of times, and she's working like a charm.


Jan 10, 2016
Really works!
by: Dale

I couldn't believe that this would work but it really did!

Jan 09, 2016
by: Tom

Cannot believe it, but it worked! My Keurig was not even dripping water through it. I Unplugged it, took off tray and reservior, then SMACKED IT a couple times upside down. We now have coffee again!!! Thanks!

Jan 06, 2016
by: Angela

I have NEVER left a comment on a site, but have to now. I had 1 cup of coffee this morning and then I got the descale message. I watched the Cuisinart video, but my brewer wouldn't even pump water so how was I going to get vinegar into the system to descale it? I slapped and burped a few times, but the same problem, but the descale Msg was gone. (Progress!). Then I blew through the small white hose at the top, with some effort, until I had all of the water soaked up from the bottom, removed the carbon filter and just placed the holder in. (I removed the entire thing at the beginning.) It finally ran a hot water cycle, I got my 2nd cup of coffee, and I am descaling now. Still sounds funny, and slow, but maybe the 4 hr vinegar bath will help. Thank you all who left comments that convinced a skeptic like me to try. I love my SS 700 so much, this is my second one, and I have bought a spare. It is in the closet waiting for me if this one ever quits completely.

Jan 04, 2016
Burping my Keurig
by: Anonymous

It worked here too! Thank you

Jan 04, 2016
It Works!!!
by: Anonymous

So happy that we came across this site! Had de-scaled our Keurig Platinum B70 Quiet Series three times in one week and it still came up to "de-scale". Were ready to throw away and then I thought I'd try to reword in Google one more time to see if something would come up different to try. Well, when I saw this, I couldn't believe what I was reading from so MANY people. So I talked my husband into trying it (he totally couldn't believe it either). First time he "spanked" it, it didn't help and even the ounce selections disappeared. I said, "Let's try this again and bang it a little more aggressively", so he did and WOW did it ever work!! He still can't believe it's working. We figured what did we have to lose since we were going to throw away anyway! We LOVE our Keurig and will buy again. THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!! Hopefully this will help someone else to save their Keurig.

Dec 31, 2015
It worked! Thank you.
by: Anonymous


Dec 31, 2015
I spanked it and it does really work.
by: Nan

Had my Keurig for about 5 yrs. Had to descale a few times (be sure to take out filter) but that's it, until today. Kept shutting off when I tried to use. Saw this and laughed but thought, what's the harm. Be sure to do over sink as a little water will come out when you turn upside down. One good spank and plug it in and it worked. Thank goodness as live in rural area with no businesses nearby and panicked when I thought No Coffee this AM. Thank you for saving my day!!

Dec 30, 2015
We spanked, It liked it!!!!
by: Drake

It Truly worked!!!!! Hubby and I looked at each other after "spanking" the Keuring and turned it on and it Brewed like new!!!! Quick fix to a possible expensive problem!!!!

Dec 29, 2015
More than spanking
by: Anonymous

Our Keurig K50 would not brew period. It would spit out hot water back into the water reservoir.
Numerous attempts were made to descale, hoping the vinegar water would unclog the machine. Nope! nothing helped. I finally got upset and beat the bottom with my fist. Nothing happened. Repeated this twice more. Nothing. Finally my husband did the same and blew air into the overflow tube (as hard as he could) and FINALLY the water started to flow. We've been "descaling" numerous times to ensure the "clog" is gone. What a job! but better than throwing it away and spending more money for a new one; it pays to be aggressive in this case. Nothing broke!!

Dec 27, 2015
by: Hunting for Joe

I was about to set this on fire after it quit working and read up on line and bamm it worked , now if we could do this to Congress

Dec 20, 2015
It works people!!
by: Anonymous

Thank you!!! Nothing else has worked. Gave it 2 good snacks and good as new. Whoever thought of this is a genius!

Dec 19, 2015
Happy Mama
by: Anonymous

I thought my Keurig was dead...I was ready to run for the hills, this mama needs her coffee. Tried everything and nothing worked, saw this and decided to give it a was a Christmas miracle!! Worked like a charm. Thank you!!

Dec 13, 2015
Many thanks!
by: Sheryl

It worked! I was doubtful at first but decided to try it and am pleased with the results. The instructions in the the Keurig booklet are so hard to follow. Thanks again!

Dec 12, 2015
Another Satisfied Spanker
by: Char

I've always refused to spank because all it teaches is violence as a solution...

As far as my K45 is concerned, I am a convert. I will spank it hard and as often as necessary to keep it brewing as if brand new again.

It was amazing the amount of extremely fine grounds which came out with the first cup! I won't retire my mini bottle brushes, but I'll add a spanking to my regimen. :)

Dec 06, 2015
Broke no laws
by: Anonymous

Spanked the heck out of the machine. (I think my wife thought I was enjoying it a little too much). I am blown away. Works great. Thank you...

Dec 05, 2015
by: Anonymous

Yep... just tried it and a good spanking made that coffee kid work just fine. Unbelievable.

Nov 28, 2015
So sad :(
by: Emily C.

I am so sad the spanking method hasn't worked for us. The K was working great this morning but I had started to see build up so decided to do the vinegar thing, it took one cup then the "descale" light came on and now it won't work, tried spanking, nothing. We let it sit for hours and tried to spank again and finally a cup came out then stopped again. This mama of 4 needs her cup of joe. :( I am going to keep working on it through out the day, but so far no good.

Nov 28, 2015
Yay! thought I was buying a new one!
by: Tami

Thank you so much! I did everything I read about. No luck! Turned it upside down 3 good whacks and Shazam! Worked like a charm!

Nov 28, 2015
Did everything :(
by: Anonymous

I ran vinegar thru it this morning half way thru it stopped working :( I've turned it upside down & slapped it many many times & now nothing works :( idk what else to do ! The display is not working anymore & it won't do anything ! Can anyone help ?

Nov 28, 2015
The BEST cup ever!!
by: G.S.

OMGosh! First, I never add a comment or answer a survey, but I HAVE to this time. I spanked and shook my Kuerig and after several tries..BTW, the shaking seemed to make the difference...IT worked like new! I have been drinking brewed coffee from my regular pot for two weeks and it just isnt't as good. Now I am having the best cup of French Roast, ever! Thank you for the post!
Merry Christmas!!!

Nov 26, 2015
Can't believe it was that easy!
by: Anonymous

Seriously...they really should put this method in the owners manual! My little Keurig has served me faithfully for at least 6 years and I admit I've been a horrible owner....I had no idea what descaling was until today and I live in Arizona the land of hard water....and it stopped brewing. I was so upset at the thought of shelling out another $200 for a new one and looked thru dozens of suggestions and stumbled across this one. Thank you thank you thank you for posting this! You saved my Keurig and my Thanksgiving ! :)

Nov 25, 2015
Can't believe this actually works but it does
by: Anonymous

My Keurig has seen some rough usage as I travel with it all the time. It was starting to sound like a turbo-prop airplane. I tried vinegar and it actually got worse.

Two hard smacks on the bottom and it is back to new.

Thank you!

Nov 24, 2015
was fed up till......
by: Anonymous

I tried the descaling too and got nothing. After seeing the "burp and slap" method I said what do I have to lose I tried it and now I am enjoying a nice hot cup of coffee. Thanks so much.

Nov 23, 2015
To Spank...or not To Spank...
by: 3 year old Keurig K75 Platinum

Descaling with vinegar always works..until today. Thank you for the tip! I turned that brewer upside down over the sink and gave it a few good whacks and a shake for good measure! Immediately, a full cup was brewed! Haven't had the brewer brew a full cup in one try for a while! WooHoo!

Nov 22, 2015
burp & slap
by: Anonymous

I have to say I was a little liery about the burp & slap tip but surprisingly enough it worked. LOL

Nov 19, 2015
by: Anonymous

So mine wouldn't work after descaling. I tried everything. Paper clip every angle I could and still nothing. A few good spanks and she went right back at brewing!! I am going to give it a good spanking every now and then. Only word of advice, after I spanked mine I turned it right side up and a bunch of very hot water spilled out all over me. So just be sure to hold it over the sink!! Thanks for this tip! You saved my mornings and my kids the torture of me not having my morning coffee.

Nov 17, 2015
Spanking the Keurig
by: Anonymous

How bizarro! Like other readers, I had a problem with my Keurig not brewing as well. I was about to replace it with another type of brewing system. I purchased the official de-scaling formula at $11.00 a pop! Sure that worked...for a few weeks, then it would clog again. Vinegar didn't really help unless I kept re-rinsing with vinegar (6 cycles + water rinsing cycles). One thing that helped was only using a Zero water pitcher for Keurig reservoir water. Despite this, my brewer still clogs and stops.

Spanking the keurig does the trick every time. In fact, I think my Keurig actually enjoys it...yeah, I'm going to replace it.

Nov 15, 2015
by: Anonymous

I thought whoever had posted that was full of it! But it really works! I turned mine upside down and smacked it to hard times and it works. Thank you

Nov 15, 2015
by: Kayla's Mom

My daughter was deployed for 9 months and upon coming home her Keurig wouldn't brew. She was all set to go buy a new one but I love to tinker with things so I told her I'd give it a try. At first, I tried the paperclip trick....nothing. Then I saw this and thought, really?!?!? I figured what the heck, can't hurt. First try, it didn't work. But I tried again and voila, it was brewing again! THANK YOU!!!!

Nov 13, 2015
It really worked....
by: Anonymous

I never thought of spanking a coffee pot, but after cleaning it and wanting coffee I'm willing to try anything. So, I followed the direction as stated and here comes my coffee. Thank you to whoever started this post.

Nov 12, 2015
Don't throw it away!
by: Anonymous

If your Keurig machine came from Bed, Bath and Beyond and it stops working properly for any reason they will take it back and give you a new happened to me and they had no problem exchanging it for a new one. I even down-graded mine and got store credit for the difference in price!

Nov 11, 2015
A 1000 thank-you's
by: Jane

It's amazing to think that a good spanking can make a Keurig smarten up!! Now if I could only do that with my kids - ha! Just kidding!
Thanks for the help - worked like a dream :)

Nov 10, 2015
Don't give works
by: Mummtimes4

After two heavy rounds of slapping, spanking and shaking I was about to give up. And then I thought what the heck I may as well give it another go. So I turned it over again, gave it several hefty smacks and shook it vigorously. Finally it worked!

Nov 08, 2015
Thanks…worked like a charm!
by: Lara

Thanks so much for sharing this info! I thought I was going to have to throw my Cuisinart Keurig Coffeemaker out since it was out of warranty. I spanked it three times, and all worked fine after!

Inspired me to write a blog post about it linking to your article:

Editor's Note: Glad it worked for you, and thanks for the mention!

Nov 07, 2015
a spank and a shake- it worked!
by: Anonymous

I hit it several times as hard as I could, but it finally worked when I shook it pretty hard too. Thank you so much! We <3 our coffee so much - can't wait to tell our friends :-)

Nov 07, 2015
Working so far
by: Texmom

We tried everything and were about to order a new unit on QVC, but had not tried the spanking yet. Just tried it, and got two normal, full cups. Seems to have worked so far:)

Nov 03, 2015
Nailed it!
by: Anonymous

Thank you! Easy fix! I certainly didn't want to replace this machine just yet. I keep it clean and maintain filters. It took me two tries to hit it enough but it totally worked. I wrapped my hand in a towel the second try. Just finishing up with running vinegar through! Whew!

Nov 02, 2015
Broke My Keurig
by: B-Rad

My Keurig was not brewing any coffee today, and I tried your method (Took everything out, the water reservoir, K-Kup and the catcher below the cup) and turned over the machine, then water came out from where the buttons are and now it wont even turn on :(

Nov 01, 2015
Saved $150.00
by: Gazzy

For the past two days my morning savior have let me down. It's telling me it needed to be de scaled. Tried following direction, no results still only about 2 ounces of water.

Asked Siri for help. This was the top favorite site. After reading the reviews I figured I was going to Costco to spend $150.00 for a new maker anyway I had nothing to lose. Followed your directions. Happy to say I'm enjoying a fresh brewed cup of coffee and I write this review.

Si I saved $150.00 to spend on something else.

Oct 31, 2015
by: Anonymous

We tried so many tips and this worked on the first try. Thanks so much :)

Oct 28, 2015
It works!
by: Anonymous

My boyfriend & I tried a few different options before this smacking method (unplugging it, cleaning w/paper clip, etc). He was skeptical of the smacking method, but I had high hopes! It 100% worked!

Oct 27, 2015
Success with a high heel boot
by: Cbsassy

After several rounds of hitting the Keurig with my hand to no avail, I used the heal of my boot. Success!

Oct 23, 2015
by: Dirtyred

Worked like a charm. Thank you. I wonder what the company has to say about this "method?"

Oct 19, 2015
by: Susan

It actually worked. My husband tried to de-scale the thing for two days with no luck. Then I found this article. He said not to do it but I thought "what the heck, it's dead anyways" and it worked. Thank you very much!

Oct 16, 2015
The morning is saved
by: Anonymous

Wow this actually worked. I took off from work I just needed a hot cup of coffee and then it wouldn't fill. Then descale light came on...the problem was even bigger, I couldn't even do the descale because it wouldn't run long enough. So of course I googled for solutions..and I thought what's the harm to try. Thanks so much It worked! I truly needed my hot coffee this morning and you save the day!

Oct 12, 2015
by: Heather

OMG! I was going to buy a new one but the spank saved me! Thanks!

Oct 12, 2015
Can't believe it
by: Anonymous

I cannot believe this worked. Seriously. I laughed so hard my stomach ached haha. I figured I didn't have anything to lose - my Cuisinart Kuerig Brewer was seemingly dead anyway. Over the course of three days, I'd taken it apart and blew out the hose, used the Kuerig descaling solution, etc. and it would not brew more than a spurt or two. Spanked it hard 4-5 times. Immediately started working like new. Unbelievable. THANK YOU!!!!!!

Oct 05, 2015
by: Dante

I don't need to repeat the works. Make a fist and hit the bottom of the brewer with the base of your fist (at your pinkie finger). One thing not mentioned is what happened to me. A lot of water leaked out initially and for some reason it seemed to temporarily disable the ready sensor with the result being that you couldn't see or select a cup size unless you slammed down the handle. And even then it didn't always display.the situation seems to be improving steadily as the entire unit dries.

Oct 04, 2015
You saved the day
by: Anonymous

Thank you oh so much!! You just saved my best friend KEURIG & my family,lolol

Sep 28, 2015
whip it good
by: Steve f

AMAZING ! After more then one "spanking" including one with a 1 x 4 piece of wood it started slowly working and after a few more "spanking" belive it or not it is working again !! This machine has set idle for at least a year,it has been replaced, now I have an extra machine that seems to be working just fine after a good vinegar cleaning too of course

Sep 26, 2015
by: Anonymous

Thank you! Amazing. What an easy fix!

Sep 20, 2015
Yes, this works!
by: Sqrly_Grl

Tears of elation!
Proper caffeination!
Give the Keurig a spank?
I thought this was a prank!
It works, it works, it works!
Now my family can all quit being jerks!

But seriously, thank you! This worked. I really had to beat on it though. Like other posters have mentioned, using my hand just wasn't hard enough. I had to use something (I used the metal sugar canister) to really give it a good banging! My mouth DROPPED OPEN when my Keurig poured it magical brown, life-giving nectar.

Sep 19, 2015
It worked
by: Pat

I had cleaned it up with vinegar 2 times, but was getting irregular amounts of coffee. Spanking it seems to have worked. Thanks so much. I am sure the next step would have been a new Kuerig!

Sep 15, 2015
Single cup Keurgi not brewing
by: Anonymous

Hey...spank it!!!! Omg it totally worked!!!!! My single cup would not brew - lights came on, etc but it wasn't making that slight "heating up" noise. Gave it good several slaps...thank God I have coffee!!!!

Sep 12, 2015
Thanks for the fix!!!
by: Anonymous

After de-scaling 3 times - found your post and tried spanking my Keurig a dozen times or so. It worked!!!! Ran a test cup into a clear measuring cup and the water came out a brownish color. Took about 8 cups to flush the system to remove the brownish color. Thanks - you save my Keurig from a trip to the recyclers.

Sep 10, 2015
by: Anonymous

Finally!!!!! Our brewer would not push anything through when a Kcup was in. Without a kcup, water would flow fine. We had done everything we knew to fix the problem....paper clip, vinegar, scrub, drain. Nothing worked until Slap and Burp! Thank you so much for the tip!

Sep 07, 2015
The Burp And Slap Is An Angel
by: Anonymous

After 2 days without coffee I saw this and decided to try the "burp and slap". It totally worked and now brews like it did when I first got it....and I didn't even have to hit that hard. Amazing!!

Sep 05, 2015
*Ahem* "Modified" Slap and Burp Method
by: Caffeinated at Last!

This morning I made the mistake of trying to descale my 3-year-old Keurig with vinegar. Mid-way through it gave up the ghost and would blink and blink and never brew despite paper clip, etc. Found this site and did the slap and burp about six times. Each time it would give a little gasp and then give up after brewing a few drops. By then I had developed a bruise on my palm, but by god I was going to make it WORK. I had nothing to lose, because the other option was buying a new one. I'm a small woman with limited slap power, so I put on a tennis shoe and headed into the back yard and ... I kicked it. As hard as I could. I would have loved to be my neighbors for just a moment, watching the crazy lady next door kick her coffee maker down the sidewalk. Did it about five times. And know what? I am not even kidding, it worked. Started brewing immediately and working like a charm now. And I have a great tip to offer others at the end of their rope! Hahaha.

Sep 01, 2015
by: Anonymous

Someone was really desperate or understands the operation of this thing far better than I. Thanks.

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
by: Cheryl

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

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 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
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
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 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 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 I need a coffee break!!!!!!!

Jun 18, 2015
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 13, 2015
A quick beautiful fix!
by: Anonymous

Thanks! Few good slaps and brewing like new.

Jun 02, 2015
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!!!!

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!!

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

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

Mar 21, 2015
totally worked!
by: Kerrie

thank you!

Feb 25, 2015
Slapping worked!
by: James

Thanks for the tip!

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.

Oct 27, 2014
by: Bobbie

I did the slap on the back an it work perfectly

Oct 18, 2014
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 02, 2014
by: Anonymous

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

Sep 07, 2014
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

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

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

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 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!

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.

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.

Mar 11, 2014
It worked
by: Anonymous

It just needed a little burping and 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 01, 2014
by: Anonymous

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

Feb 22, 2014
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 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 01, 2014
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 14, 2014
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
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 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
by: Anonymous

It really worked lol : )

Dec 23, 2013
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
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!

May 19, 2012
It works!
by: Anonymous

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

Dec 18, 2011
by: Bryan

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

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