- Wipe the outside of your kettle on a regular basis with an anti-bacterial multi-purpose cleaner, like ones by Cif
- Deep clean the inside of your kettle every couple of months as limescale build-up can make it function less efficiently
- In areas with hard water, kettle cleaning should be tackled more regularly
Each and every one of us uses the kettle on a near daily basis for anything from heating up porridge, to filling hot water bottles, and of course, for making warm beverages like tea and coffee. In the most famous nation of tea-drinkers – the UK – 120 million cups of tea are consumed every single day! Imagine the amount of grime accumulating in all those kettles! It is safe to say that everyone could benefit from learning how to clean a kettle and tackling limescale build-up that can be problematic. Here are a few pointers for how to get your kettle’s insides sparkling like new.
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
Limescale is primarily found in areas where hot water has evaporated and solidified. The deposits are unsightly and are difficult to remove by scrubbing alone, making cleaning a kettle a bit of a challenge. The harder one scrubs, 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.
Have a quick look at this video for a run-down on how to clean your kettle:
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:
- Dilute the kettle-cleaning product with water and pour into the kettle.
- Boil the kettle for a period of time.
- Leave the solution in the kettle to soak.
- Rinse with cold water.
Alternatively, use a natural kettle-cleaning method:
- Fill the kettle with an equal part solution of water and household vinegar and let this soak for an hour.
- Once the hour is up, just boil the kettle.
- Then, empty the kettle and rinse it thoroughly.
- 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 your kettle clean by wiping down the outside of the kettle with a general-purpose cleaner and a damp cloth. As you can see, cleaning a kettle can really be quite pain-free!