The Best Natural Cleaning Methods for Your Electric Kettle

Discover some economical and effective ways to clean the kettle

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By Max Bender

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Let’s find out how to clean the electric kettle by adopting natural and ecological solutions.

How to clean the electric kettle in a natural way

You don’t need strong chemical cleaners for good results when cleaning your electric kettle. Using such products can be harmful to your health and may contaminate the water you consume.

The electric kettle is a common household appliance that quickly boils water. It can collect dirt, grease, and tea residues on the outside, as well as develop mineral deposits over time. Regularly descaling it with natural solutions saves energy, keeps the kettle clean, and extends its lifespan.

And you probably have the needed cleaning products at home. Let’s see what they are.

  • Lemon. Squeeze the juice into 1-2 tablespoons (depending on the limescale level) and add them to the water. Bring the kettle to temperature and let the lemon act inside it for at least 1 hour. Then empty the appliance and proceed to remove the limescale with a sponge. Rinse and fill it again with water (this time without lemon) and bring to the boil again. After doing this last operation you can go back to using it.
  • Vinegar and baking soda. They are excellent allies for eliminating limescale and cleaning the electric kettle. Fill it 3/4 full with water, pour the vinegar up to the brim and also add 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda. Boil and leave it full for several hours (even better if you leave it overnight). Remove the dirt with the sponge, do another boiling cycle with water only and then empty it.
  • Citric acid. If the encrustations are resistant, you can use citric acid, which is a great help in household cleaning. This natural compound is found in citrus fruits and is often used in household cleaning due to its descaling power. Pour 1/2 liter of water and 25 g of citric acid into the kettle and let it act at least overnight. Be careful when handling citric acid, always use gloves and do not let it come into contact with delicate surfaces such as marble or wood, because it is highly corrosive.
  • Coarse salt. Pour a generous amount of coarse salt into the electric kettle and add hot water until it completely covers the heating element. Leave to act for at least an hour, then empty the kettle and rinse it well with water.
  • Denture Tablets: This may seem like an unusual method, but actually these tablets contain mainly baking soda and citric acid. How to do it? Drop a denture-cleaning tablet into the kettle filled with water. Let it fizz and sit for a few hours or overnight. Rinse thoroughly with water.
how to clean the electric kettle
Cleaning the electric kettle with vinegar and baking soda, the best products for house cleaning

The importance of a regular maintenance

Once cleaned, it is a good idea to implement some precautions to prevent the continuous formation of limescale and dirt.

Avoid leaving excess water in the kettle, empty it every time after use. If you don’t want to waste water, use it to water the plants after letting it cool. Or if you are about to cook, use it to cook pasta for example. If you live in an area where the tap water is particularly hard, you will need to clean your electric kettle more often.

Regularly cleaning your electric kettle in this manner will help prevent scale buildup and maintain the appliance’s performance. If your kettle has a removable filter or water filter, remember to clean or replace it as per the manufacturer’s instructions.

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