Most people who start using electric kettles soon become almost addicted to its use as it boils water significantly faster and easier than a stovetop.
Furthermore, it is considered more efficient than using a microwave for the simple task of boiling water.
Some electric kettles even have a temperature control system. However, when it comes to cleaning the kitchen appliances, people tend to overlook the cleaning of the electric kettle.
Cleaning is an inherent part of the maintenance of the equipment because of the mineral deposits, especially from hard water cause scaling, which gradually slows down the process of heating.
Besides, apart from destroying your kettle’s sleek appearance, this gunk called kettle furring, can even spoil your morning tea or coffee when you find the flakes floating freely in your tea or coffee. So, here are some tips and tricks to help clean your electric kettle.
How to Descale and Clean an Electric Kettle
Steps for cleaning
- Fill the kettle up to half or three-quarters level with equal parts of water and white vinegar.
- Bring the solution to a boil.
- Turn off the kettle and remove its power cord plug from the wall outlet.
- Let the vinegar-water mix sit in the kettle for 15-20 minutes. Now, throw the water away and rinse the equipment.
You may have to rinse several times to make sure there is no trace of vinegar remaining in the kettle. You shall be amazed to find that you have gotten rid of the chunks of limescale so quickly.
- Wipe the inside of the kettle with a clean cloth and leave it to dry completely.
- After drying, you can again boil water in the kettle and discard it to remove possible remaining aftertaste left after cleaning.
In case there is a lingering vinegar smell, then you can boil water in the kettle a few times. If there is a lot of scaling to be removed, you may use a stronger vinegar mixture and leave it in the kettle for an hour, or even overnight.
Plus, you can scrub the inside of the kettle with a non-metallic pad, carefully avoiding the heating element (built into the bottom).
Certain manufacturers explicitly warn against the use of vinegar for cleaning their products. In such cases, you can fill your kettle with water, squeeze a lemon in it and put slices of the same lemon in the solution.
Boil this water and leave it in the kettle for about an hour. Pour out the water and rinse the kettle. When the kettle has cooled, sprinkle a little baking soda at the bottom and wipe it with a clean piece of cloth. Finally, rinse it thoroughly with cold water.
Alternatively, you can put a teaspoon of baking soda and some water in the kettle and boil the solution to remove scaling. Citric acid is also considered useful for getting rid of the kettle furring.
As for the cleaning the outside of the kettle, you can use any dishwashing liquid and wipe it with a clean damp cloth. While cleaning the outside, try not to scratch the finish, though. To make a stainless steel electric kettle shiny, put a little olive oil on a cloth and rub it on the outside of the kettle.
- People tend to leave extra water in the kettle after use, but this is not a good practice as standing water can leave more mineral deposits in it. Thus, make sure you empty your electric kettle thoroughly after every use. It is best to boil only the amount of water you require.
- To prevent or at least slow down the buildup of yucky mineral deposits in your kettle, consider using a limescale catcher.
- You should clean your electric kettle exterior at least once a week and descale the interior about once a month or every few months, depending on your frequency of use.
- As the heating element of the kettle is present at the bottom, do not immerse it in water.