Can you use milk in a Keurig coffee maker?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you use milk in a Keurig coffee maker?”, and what happens if you put milk in your Keurig?

Can you use milk in a Keurig coffee maker?

No, you cannot use milk in a Keurig coffee maker unless it comes with a milk frother. The milk frother prevents the milk from burning when it is raised to a boiling temperature in a short time. More on this topic in the article below.

What happens if you put milk in your Keurig?

You may experience at least one or all of the following problems at once if you put milk in your Keurig.

Milk spoilage 

You might be tempted into putting your milk in the Keurig reservoir as you do with the water. But this is a very bad idea. Steep clear of putting milk in the warm reservoir of the Keurig for more than several minutes. 

Because the milk will curdle and spoil before you know it. Even plain water should not be kept in the Keurig tank for more than 4-5 hours. Always use fresh cold milk straight out of the fridge in your Keurig reservoir. 

To save yourself from all the cleaning hassle and from milk residues that may potentially spoil the fresh milk, do not heat your milk in the Keurig.


Keurig does a very good job at boiling room temperature water in under a minute or so. But the same cannot be said about boiling milk. 

Heating milk to boiling temperature in such a short span can burn the milk. This will make the milk end up tasting sour or bitter. Moreover, it is very difficult to clean all the burnt milk residues. The lingering burnt milk smell is the hardest to get rid of.

Scorched metal

Burnt milk can sometimes damage the heating coil or other internal parts of your Keurig. This will make your Keurig inefficient and speed up the wear and tear process. 

The burnt milk crust is very stubborn and it is impractical to reach all the crevices of your Keurig to clean the burnt crusts.

How to clean your Keurig after putting milk in it?

Even if you put milk in your Keurig, you can always try your best to clean it and make this work. So, the first thing to do is to unplug your Keurig to create a safe cleaning environment. 

Then read the instructions on the Keurig manual on how to disassemble your Keurig. You will need some screwdrivers for this purpose. 

Use a sponge scrubber and start gently scrubbing the burnt milk crusts to loosen them. Make a cleaning solution by mixing water and vinegar in a 2:1 ratio. You can also add some baking soda.

Fill the Keurig water reservoir with this cleaning solution and let it sit for a while until the milk crust comes loose. Scrub off all the loosened milk residues. 

To clean the waterline, drain the cleaning solution by unplugging the internal water hose or the durian plug of your Keurig. After all the cleaning is done, carefully assemble the Keurig.

To get rid of any remaining milk bits and the burnt milk smell, run several cycles by filling the reservoir with the cleaning solution. Skip the k-pop pod. You will know your Keurig is good to go when the smell is gone and the water runs clean.

Last but not the least,  remove the residues of the cleaning solution by running several cycles using filtered water. 

Can you make hot chocolate in a Keurig with milk?

Yes, you can make hot chocolate in a Keurig with milk as long as the machine comes with a milk frother. Otherwise, we have discussed enough reasons above about how using milk in a Keurig is a bad idea. 

You can safely make hot chocolate with water in your Keurig. Your other option is to use a pre-made K-cup with milk chocolate. But you will need to adjust the sugar as per u taste.

What to do if you need to make milk straight out of the coffee maker?

We have learned that using milk in your Keurig is not a safe option. As an alternative, you can try the following techniques.

  1. Use milk pods that brew the same way as K-Cup coffee pods do.
  2. Buy a K-Café coffee maker or another similar machine that accommodates a milk tank. Mr.Coffee Maker and Nespresso are good brands in this regard.

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In this article, we answered the question “Can you use milk in a Keurig coffee maker?”, and what happens if you put milk in your Keurig?