How to Clean an Electric Kettle & Remove Hard Water Build-Up-A Quick Guide

Electric kettles are highly popular because they can boil water significantly faster than a stove-top kettle. In addition, using this kitchen appliance instead of a microwave is also a more efficient way to boil your water.

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However, since mineral deposits from hard water can often lead to scaling, it can affect the performance of the appliance and also deteriorate the quality of the water. Therefore, cleaning an electric kettle regularly is very important to help it function as well as it can and also increase its lifespan.

What is Hard Water Build-up?

Hard water build-up, or limescale as it’s often called,  is the white powdery deposits that are seen inside an electric kettle in places where the water remains standing. Hard water contains high levels of minerals such as magnesium and calcium and can be a real pain to remove if left untreated. When hard water is boiled in an electric kettle, these minerals do not evaporate like the water does but instead remains in the kettle. As a result, this build-up is created at the bottom of the kettle that hardens as it begins to dry. Fortunately, it is possible to remove this build-up simply by using something that is mildly acidic like vinegar, citric acid or lime juice. Any of these acids will quickly remove the slightly akaline hard water stains.

How Do You Clean an Electric Kettle And Remove Hard Water Build–Up?

Using Vinegar

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Step 1: Combine equal quantity of water and vinegar and fill about half kettle with the solution.

Step 2: Boil the solution in the kettle and switch off the kettle.

Step 3: Allow the solution to stay in the kettle for about 10- 15 minutes. Remove the power cord from the outlet. Pour the solution away and rinse the appliance.

Note: Rinse the kettle several times to remove any of the vinegar from the kettle.

Step 4: Use a clean cloth to wipe the kettle inside out. Allow it to dry.

Step 5: After the kettle dries, boil water in the kettle once again to remove the remaining traces of vinegar completely.

Using Lime or Lemon Water

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Step 1: Prepare a mixture of about 500 ml (2 cups) of water and about 30 grams (1 ounce) of lime or lemons.

Step 2: Boil the prepared mixture in the kettle for about 20- 25 minutes.

Step 3: Empty the solution from the kettle. Unplug the kettle and allow it to cool down.

Step 4: Wipe the remaining hard water residue from the kettle using a small amount of soda bicarbonate on a damp cloth.

Step 5: Rinse the kettle at least 4-5 times with fresh water before using it again.

With Lemon Slices

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Step 1: Slice fresh lemons after juicing it.

Step 2: Fill the kettle halfway with water. Add the extracted lemon juice in the water and place the lemon slices on the top.

Step 3: Boil for 15 minutes and leave to soak until the water cools down.

Step 4: Remove the lemon slices and drain the water from the kettle. Fill the kettle with plain water and boil again for another 10- 15 minutes.

Step 5: Rinse the kettle thoroughly and wipe with a soft clean cloth.

Tips for Cleaning an Electric Kettle

  • If you find it difficult to remove the stubborn residue, prepare a stronger mixture of vinegar and allow it to stay inside the kettle overnight.
  • To get rid of hard water residue completely after each method of descaling, sprinkle some baking soda in the kettle and scrub the inside of the pot gently using a cloth or damp sponge.
  • Avoid scrubbing on the heating element as it may remove the special coating designed to protect it.
  • To remove scale build-up on the filter, soak the filter in a cup of vinegar for a few minutes to loosen it up. Then use a scrubbing pad to get it clean.
  • Avoid allowing water to sit inside the kettle for extended periods of time.
  • Avoid immersing the electric kettle in water completely as this may damage the heating elements.

Using the simple methods listed above can help you maintain your electric kettle and keep it working and looking like brand new. While cleaning and descaling the inside of your kettle should at least be done every few months, some people may live in areas that have harder water and may need to clean their kettle on a more frequent basis. Always remember that a clean kettle is a green kettle, as it not only uses less energy but also increases the lifespan of your electric kettle. It is also healthier for you and your family as well to maintain a clean kettle.