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Kitchen Cleaning

How to Clean A Kettle

Find out how to clean your kettle with this handy guide – it's full of tips & advice to help you de-scale the kettle in no time.

Each and every one of us uses the kettle on a near daily basis, for anything from making noodles and rice, to making hot beverages like tea and coffee. Have you ever counted how many cups of tea or coffee you consume in a day? Well, imagine the amount of grime accumulating in your kettle each time you set it to boil! It is safe to say that everyone could benefit from learning how to clean a kettle.

If you are someone who loves your hot drinks, here are a few pointers for a clean kettle and great cup of tea every time!

What is Limescale?

Limescale is a tough, milky white deposit often referred to as calcium carbonate. It is commonly found clogging up hard-to-clean places like:

  • Hot-water tanks
  • Old pipes
  • Central heating systems
  • Kettles

Limescale is primarily found in areas where hot water has evaporated and solidified. The deposits are unsightly and difficult to remove by scrubbing alone, making cleaning a kettle a bit of a challenge. The harder you scrub, the more susceptible the kettle is to having its inner surface removed in the process. But with the right mixture of mild acids, calcium carbonate can be easily dissolved.

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How to Remove Limescale from a Kettle

Cleaning a kettle can be stress-free – the de-scaling process is easy because kettles are already designed to contain liquid. Every couple of months, just follow the instructions on the label of any store-bought kettle cleaning product, and be sure to adhere to the product’s safety advice too. Here’s the general step-by-step process for how to clean a kettle:

  1. Dilute the kettle cleaning product with water and pour into the kettle.
  2. Boil the kettle for a period of time.
  3. Leave the solution in the kettle to soak.
  4. Rinse with cold water.

Alternatively, use a natural method for cleaning a kettle:

  1. Fill the kettle with an equal part solution of water and household vinegar and let this soak for an hour.
  2. Once the hour is up, just boil the kettle.
  3. Then, empty the kettle and rinse it thoroughly.
  4. If you don’t have any vinegar to hand, try lemon juice! It not only does the same job as vinegar, it leaves the kettle smelling like lemon.

Complete the job by wiping down the outside of the kettle with a general-purpose cleaner and a damp cloth. As you can see, learning how to clean a kettle can be perfectly simple!

Top Tip


Kettle cleaning solutions or homemade mixtures can both be effective at removing limescale. But if you also want to leave your kettle smelling fresh, try using lemon juice!

Key Steps:

  1. Spray the outside of your kettle with a multi-purpose cleaner, like Jif Kitchen Spray, before rinsing with a damp cloth.
  2. Deep clean the inside of your kettle every couple of months, as limescale build-up can make it function less efficiently.
  3. In areas with hard water, kettle cleaning should be done on a more regular basis.