How to Clean an Electric Kettle – Quick Easy Steps


Greetings and many thanks for taking the time to visit – one more question that has been raised numerous times across the community is how do you clean an Electric kettle or how to you clean a Tea kettle? So, if you need some quick tips and help in completing this task, then take a look through this post which will outline the steps you need to take.

Using the Electric Kettle in homes has become more and more frequent nowadays – be it to make hot beverages such as tea or coffee or boiling water to heat up a baby’s bottle – most homes can use a kettle on average 10 to 15 times per day which depends on the number of people in any family or household.

Firstly, some FAQ on Cleaning Electric Kettles…

Q. How often should it be cleaned?
A. The inside should be cleaned out once per week.
Q. How often does it require a deep cleaning?
A. This should be done once per month to clear away limescale build up.
Q. How do you prolong the life of the Kettle?
A. By regular cleaning and also use water filters to prevent limescale build up.
Q. Can the internal surfaces of the kettle be damaged while cleaning?
A. As long as you follow the steps outlined below, then the internal surfaces should remain good as new.
Q. What is Limescale build up composed of?
A. Limescale is mineral and calcium carbonate white powder like deposits that have hardened from heated water.
Q. What is the difference between hard and soft water?
A. The hard water areas contain higher levels of calcium and magnesium which lead to limescale.
Q. How does the limescale appear?
A. When the water is boiled, the calcium and magnesium deposits are not boiled and therefore are left behind once the water has evaporated off.

Steps for Cleaning your Electric Kettle…

Step 1 – Unplug

The first thing you need to do is make sure that your electric is unplugged or have been powered off.

Step 2 – Exterior

Use a dishcloth or paper towel that has been soaked in hot soapy water and scrub the exterior surfaces and be careful to avoid parts that come in contact with power or electricity. Spray some anti bacterial detergent onto another paper towel and rub down the exterior once again thoroughly to disinfect it.

Step 3 – Solution Preparation

Prepare a solution mixture in a separate bowl of water and white vinegar in an equal ratio of 1:1 which will be approx. 2 liters so you will need one liter of water and 1 liter of White vinegar and mix it for 30 seconds.

If you need to stock up on Vinegar or any other cleaning products – then feel free to check out stocks by clicking on any of the images provided below…

Step 4 – Mixture Addition

Next add this water / vinegar mixture to the kettle to just below the maximum height allowed which is stated by the water level marker on the side and allow it to sit uninterrupted for between 30 and 60 minutes.

Step 5 – Boil

After the 30 to 60 minutes – turn on the kettle and bring to the boil and once it has finished allow it to sit for another 30 to 60 minutes with the hot mixture solution.

Step 6 – Rinse

Once the 30 to 60 minutes is up, empty the mixture solution and rinse several times with clear water to remove any vinegar residues that may be left behind. Then use a dishcloth to wipe away all the residues until completely dry inside.

Step 7 – Re-Boil

Once rinsed out with clear water, boil the kettle again with clear water (no vinegar) – empty and clear contents and repeat the boiling process of clear water for one more cycle.

Step 8 – Stubborn Stains

For any really stubborn stains allow the vinegar / water solution to soak in overnight.

Step 9 – Baking Soda

Once completely cleared and remove any left over residues, sprinkle a small quantity of baking soda in the interior and add a small quantity of water to create a paste like substance and rub the interior of the kettle in circular motions. Let it soak for 5 minutes and rinse thoroughly afterwards again with clean water.

Alternative Methods:

If you do not wish to use White Vinegar then you can also use Lemon Juices / Lime Juices which are mildly acidic similar to Vinegar and you will need to add approx. 25 grams to 450ml of water or 50 grams to 900ml of water, add to the kettle and bring to the boil and then rinse thoroughly.

While you are here, feel free to take a closer look at Popular Electric Kettles by clicking on any of the images provided below…


Finally, it would be greatly appreciated by the community if you can share your own tips of cleaning your Electric Kettle by leaving a comment in the comment box below – So that people in the community can learn also!


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