The popularity of electric kettles is increasing every single day and they are very useful in every kitchen. You will be able to do a lot of things with the help of an electric kettle when compared to the normal conventional kettles. From just boiling water to making tea or boiling eggs, you will be able to complete the job with the help of an electric kettle. One important thing that you need to keep in your mind when you are using an electric kettle is cleaning it properly.
When you keep boiling water over and over in the same electric kettle, there are chances that limestone gets built up inside the kettle. Some a few days this limestone will start flaking off and get mixed into the water or tea that you are making in the kettle. To avoid all this problem, you will have to make sure that you are cleaning the kettle in the right way.
So, if you have recently bought a latest electric kettle and not sure about the right process of cleaning it, then here is some very useful information for you.
One of the best and most common ways to clean your electric kettles is with the help of vinegar solution. This solution is going to help in the descaling of the kettle and also removes any build up that is present in the kettle. You will have to take water and Vinegar is equal quantities and mix them well. You should pour this solution into the kettle and fill it till half of the kettle or 3/4 th of the kettle. You will have to connect the kettle to the socket and switch it on. You will have to bring the kettle to boiling so that the scaling is removed or the limestone is removed. If you feel that there is too much of scaling in the kettle, then you can add a little more vinegar to the solution and start boiling the solution in the kettle.
Once the kettle comes to boiling, you will have to switch off the kettle and unplug it. You will have to let the solution sit in the kettle for at least 20 minutes of the scaling is not too high. But when the scaling is too high, then you will have to leave the solution in the kettle for a little longer. Once the 20 minutes is done, you can pour the solution from the kettle. When you have a lot of scaling, then you will also have to scrub the inside of the kettle with a soft and non-metallic scrubber. Make sure you leave the solution for a little longer than you should. You just need to a little more careful while scrubbing, like you not disturbing the heating element that is present at the bottom.
After you complete this entire process, you will have to clean the kettle with normal water. The smell of Vinegar will take a little longer to go and hence you will have to clean it multiple times. In case the smell remains even after cleaning for multiple times, then you will have to pour in some water and boil it for some time to get rid of the smell in the kettle.
Cleaning an electric kettle with Vinegar solution is one of the best and most recommended way to clean. But you will also be able to clean the electric kettle in many other ways. One of such ways is with the help of Lemon solution. There are some brands that clearly mention that lemon solution should not be used for cleaning the electric kettles. In that case, lemon solution is the best option. You should squeeze lemon in the kettle and fill it up water. You can also cut the lemon into slices and add it to the water. Now switch on the electric kettle and let it come to boiling. Once it comes to boiling, you can switch it off and let the solution sit in the kettle for at least 30 minutes or more depending on the amount of scaling inside the kettle. You can now pour out the solution and clean the kettle with normal water.
Baking Soda is another great option for those who are looking for the best way to get rid of limestone or scaling in the electric kettle. You can take one table spoon of baking soda and add it to water. Now add this solution to the kettle and let it boil for sometime. You can leave the solution in the kettle for at least 20 minutes after it comes to boiling. Once it is done, you can now clean the kettle with normal water.
If you are not happy with all these home remedies for cleaning the electric kettles, then you can try the commercial cleaning solution available in the present market. You will be able to find a lot of options at a supermarket near you or you can even buy them online. You will have to dilute the cleaner in the water and use it in the same way like we did with vinegar, lemon or baking soda. Or you can read the instructions that are mentioned in the cleaner about how to clean the electric kettle.
Cleaning outside of the kettle:
Along with cleaning the kettle from inside, you will also have to make sure that you are cleaning it from outside as well. You can do the external cleaning once in a week. You will have to take mild soap and clean the exterior of the kettle and then clean the soap with a damp cloth. You should never place the kettle under water as there is a heating element and that can get damaged due to water. You should always be very careful and make sure that soap does not go inside the kettle.
Also, if you are having a stainless steel electric kettle, then it will get dull over time. So, you will have to polish it from time to time, to make sure that the kettle shines well. You can take a few drops of Olive oil on a soft cloth and then rub it over the kettle. You should do this very gently so that the kettle does not get any scratches.
So, this is how you will have to clean your electric kettle from time to time. If you are living in a place where there is hard water, then there are chances of more limestone inside the kettle. This will also reduce the speed of the kettle and it will take very long to heat the liquids present in the kettle. That will also end up with a lot of power consumption and power bills. You should always make sure that you are cleaning the kettle for every few months. That will also help in increasing the life of your electric kettle. This way you will have to enjoy a lot of benefits of having an electric kettle at home. It does not take a lot of time for you to complete the cleaning process and the process is also usually a very simple process.