An electrical kettle has become famous and can be used to boil water faster that a stove-top kettle. However, it is necessary that you keep it clean if you want to maintain its efficiency. When it is regularly used to boil water, minerals from hard water may be deposited at the bottom and may lead to scaling. When this happens, the appliance deteriorates and affect its performance. It is for this reason that regular cleaning of the electrical kettle becomes necessary because it helps it to serve you better and increases its lifespan.
Typically, white water deposits will be seen inside an electrical kettle especially in places where water, which contains high levels of minerals such as calcium and magnesium remains standing for a long time. These minerals do not evaporate and may build-up at the bottom of the kettle harden and become dry. As the owner of the kettle, it is recommended that you remove this build up to retain the kettle’s efficiency. The removal can be done using mild acidic like vinegar, lime juice or citric acid. The acids remove the alkaline and water stains.
How to Clean the Kettle
To clean the kettle, you need to add vinegar to some amount of water and pour the solution in the kettle. The solution should be left to boil for some time before the kettle is switched off. After 10 -15 minutes you may pour the solution and rinse the kettle. Note that the kettle should be rinsed several times to remove any vinegar that remains in the kettle. A clean cloth should be used to wipe the inside of the kettle before allowing it to dry. Once the kettle has dried, pour in some water and boil it to remove the remaining traces of vinegar.
Using Lemon Water
You can also use lemon or lime water to clean the kettle. Mix 30 grams of lime in 500 ml of water and boil the mixture for about 20-25 minutes. Pluck the kettle from the source of power and allow it to cool down. After it has cooled down, you may wipe the remaining hard water using some soda bicarbonate on a damp cloth and rinse the kettle 4-5 times using fresh water.
Alternatively, you may clean the kettle using a lemon by slicing it into parts and juicing it. Mix the juice obtained and some water and pour it into the kettle. Boil the mixture for some minutes and allow it to soak as it cools down. Remove the lemon slices and drain the water from the kettle. Once more, fill the kettle with plain water and boil it again for 10-15 minutes. Rinse the kettle thoroughly and wipe it with a clean cloth.
Sometimes, you may not be able to remove the stubborn residue in the first attempt. In this case, it may be necessary that you repeat the exercise and try to scrub the inside of the kettle gently using a damp sponge. Ensure that you clean the kettle regularly to maintain its efficiency and allow it to serve you better.