How to Clean Electric Kettle

crazy by Editorial Staff | Updated on July 27th, 2022

Clean your electric kettle in less than 30 minutes, so you always have perfect coffee and tea drinking.

One of the most common devices in my kitchen is an electric kettle. I’m using it for my pour-over and French Press coffee maker; others might use it for tea or a cup of noodles. This heats water easily, so when I create rice, soups, oatmeal, or cooking vegetables, I also use it. An electric kettle is a wonderful thing to have in the kitchen and is one of the most useful items.

Why should I clean my electric kettle?

Because it is used for heating water, having any mineral accumulation is natural for the kettle, just as your coffee maker does. Luckily, it’s really easy to clean.

What is the buildup in an electric kettle?

Calcium deposits from natural minerals in the water can form whenever you boil the water in a kettle. The rate at which these deposits accumulate is most likely related to the water quality in your house. In addition, this accumulation might impact the flavor of your hot drinks.

How often should an electric kettle be descaled and cleaned?

To ensure that your morning cup of tea tastes great, clean your electric kettle a normal routine, along with descaling it regularly month if you use your kettle.

Descaling is the process that eliminates limescale accumulation within your kettle, which is caused by calcium, magnesium, and other minerals in your water. Because hard water contains more minerals than soft water, you will also need to descale your electric kettle more frequently if you have it.

To Clean Your Electric Kettle, You’ll Need the Following:

Cleaning your electric kettle is easy and requires only a few common home materials. To keep the kettle’s exterior clean daily, use a moist towel to eliminate any water splashes or residue, then wipe and polish with a clean cloth.

Inside cleaning and descaling: You only need one cup of white vinegar to clean or descale the interior.

This is how an electric kettle can be cleaned:

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  1. Pour 1 cup of white vinegar into the kettle and fill up the rest of the kettle with water.
  2. Switch the kettle on and let it simmer. Let it rest for 10 minutes when the kettle goes off.
  3. Dispose of the water/vinegar. If the kettle is still hot, rinse it quickly with lukewarm water to wash it. Add one or two drops of mild detergent and use a sponge to give the inside a scrub. Make sure you clean the bottom, all the corners under the cap, and the mesh filter if your kettle has one. Most filters can be removed to make it easy to clean. Do not use rough brushes to scrub as they can cause damage to the kettle.
  4. Rinse well the inside of a pot. Do not allow the heating element or handle/buttons to come into contact with water.
  5. Fill the kettle with water and bring water to a boil. Then, dispose of it once again.
  6. Wipe with a damp cloth on the outside. Polish it with a smooth, dry cloth if you can.

If you see new build-ups or even better, repeat this process as part of a monthly cleaning routine.


Other Methods to Clean An Electric Kettle

You may also use lemon juice, citric acid, baking soda, or flat soda to clean the inside of your kettle. Heat your chosen solution, let it stay for a few minutes, and gently scrub with a non-abrasive sponge or cotton cloth before washing and drying. Each approach differs in terms of time and volume.

Cleaning An Electric Kettle With Lemon Juice Or Citric Acid

Lemon juice and citric acid work well as cleaning agents. The acid acts as a natural cleanser and antibacterial, and the scent of lemon adds an uplifting scent to your kitchen.

  • Step 1: Add one tablespoon of citric acid powder or lemon juice to the kettle.
  • Step 2: Fill the kettle halfway with water and bring it to a boil.
  • Step 3: After the solution has boiled, remove any residual water and thoroughly rinse with water once dried.

Cleaning An Electric Kettle With Baking Soda

Because you usually have baking soda in your household, this is an efficient and practical cleaning option.

Step 1: Fill your kettle halfway with water, then add 1–2 teaspoons of baking soda. Bring the water to a boil.

Turn off the heat and set the kettle aside for 10 minutes.

Using a non-abrasive brush, gently clean the interior of the kettle. Sit tight until the kettle is cool before rinsing it with clean water and patting it dry with a dishtowel.

Make use of a commercial kettle cleaner. 

If you wish to use a professional cleaner, find a kettle cleaning product online or at your local home maintenance store or supermarket. You should dissolve the cleaning materials with water and boil the mixture in the kettle. Allow the solution to soak in the kettle. Cold water should be used to rinse the kettle.

How To Clean The Surface Of A Stainless Steel Kettle

Wipe off the exterior of your kettle with a moist cloth to remove any water splashes or debris, then wipe and polish with a soft cloth.

Cleaning the outside of a kettle with dish soap

Use your preferred dish detergent to clean the outside of your kettle. Wash the exterior of the kettle with dish soap before wiping it clean with a moist towel, being careful not to get soap inside the kettle. When you’re finished, use a dish towel to dry the kettle.

Polishing the outside of a kettle with olive oil

Olive oil is a great natural cleaning option for polishing stainless steel kettles. A soft, microfibre cloth should be dipped roughly with a teaspoon of olive oil. Then, to generate a glossy sheen, rub the cloth over the exterior of your kettle. Avoid using a rough sponge or towel since this may harm the finish.

Important Note

Please shut off the kettle before cleaning and unplug the kettle. Never immerse in water in the kettle’s base, power base, power cord, or power plug. Do not allow the heating element, handle, or buttons to come into contact with water. Do not rinse the outside; use a cleaning damp cloth or sponge.

How to Remove Rust from a Kettle

Kettles are frequently filled with water; if you leave them in an area with hard water and moisture is left in the kettle, it can rust. Just wash it off after each use to keep rust from accumulating in your kettle.

If you have rust on your cast iron kettle, you may be able to remove it by gently cleaning the rust stains with a wire brush. Rinse the remains with cool water. If there are still rust spots on the kettle, immerse it in Coca-Cola. Pour enough cola to fill the bottom and set it aside for 20 minutes. If there is a bunch of rust left, you may need to soak it overnight. Dump the cola and thoroughly rinse the kettle with warm water.

Tips for Keeping Your Electric Kettle Cleaner for a Longer period

Never leave water in a kettle unattended. Learn to heat as much water as you believe you’ll need for each usage. Always drain the kettle completely after each use. (Use the leftover water to irrigate plants or clean the sink.)

Instead of tap water, use distilled water. This is especially crucial if you live in a hard water location or rely on a natural well for your water source.


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