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How to clean a kettle

Do you want to remove limescale from your kettle? These simple tips will make it sparkling clean again!

Key Steps:

  1. Wipe down the outside of your kettle regularly
  2. Deep clean the inside of your kettle every couple of months – use a product like Sunlight Extra Pure.
  3. In areas with hard water, kettle cleaning should be tackled more regularly.

From making porridge to brewing a cup of tea, there’s no end of daily tasks that involve a kettle. All that regular use can, unfortunately, lead to dirty and build-up inside our appliances so learning how to clean a kettle is vital. 

Learn how to keep your kettle whistling merrily with our pointers. It’ll teach you how to clean the exterior, remove limescale from a kettle interior, and keep it sparkling like new.

What is limescale?

Ever seen a tough, milky white deposit on the inside of your kettle? That’s limescale - or calcium carbonate, if you prefer.

As well as affecting kettles, it can also build up on your water tank, old pipes, taps, and central heating system. This is because it forms in areas where hot water has evaporated and solidified onto surfaces. Scrubbing alone isn’t always enough to remove limescale - instead, you need touse the right mixture of acids to gently dissolve the deposits.

How to remove limescale from a kettle with a natural method:

  1. Fill the kettle with an equal part solution of water and household vinegar.
  2. Let it soak for an hour.
  3. Put the kettle on to boil.
  4. After boiling, empty the water and rinse the kettle with water and a drop of dishwashing liquid like Sunlight Extra Pure. It’s made with no dyes, parabens or phosphates.
  5. Rinse thoroughly.

Don’t have any vinegar to hand? Try lemon juice instead! It not only does the same job, it has a better smell!

Complete your kettle cleaning by wiping the outside with a damp cloth and a few drops of Sunlight washing soap. Then it’s time to put your feet up and have a well-deserved cup of tea.

Top Tip

Vinegar is a popular natural cleaner for kettles but it can leave a sour smell and taste if you don’t rinse it out properly. Using Sunlight Extra Pure, made with no dyes, parabens or phosphates, Aloe Vera & Mineral Salts, to clean your kettle after removing limescale will work effectively without any fear of leftover nasties. Use it to leave your kettle clean and fresh.