Clean your electric kettle in less than 30 minutes, so that you always have great tasting coffee and tea.
An electric kettle is one of the most used appliances in my kitchen. I use it for pour over and French press, and sometimes for tea. It heats water super fast so I also use it when I make pasta, soups, oatmeal or boiling vegetables. An electric kettle is a wonderful thing and it’s one of the most helpful items to have in the kitchen.
Since it’s used for heating water, it’s normal for the kettle to develop some mineral buildup just like your coffee maker does. Luckily, cleaning is really simple.
Here’s how to clean electric kettle:
1. Pour 1 cup white vinegar into the kettle and fill the rest of the kettle with water up to max fill line.
2. Turn on the kettle and let the solution boil. When the kettle turns off, let it sit for 10 minutes.
3. Discard solution. If the kettle is still hot, quickly rinse it with lukewarm water so you can wash it. Add a drop or two of mild detergent and give the inside a scrub using a sponge. Make sure to clean the bottom, all the corners under the lid and also the mash filter if your model has one. Most filters are removable so you can remove it for easy cleaning. Do not use hard brushes for cleaning since they can damage the kettle.
4. Rinse the inside of a kettle really well. Do not allow water to come in contact with the heating element or handle/ buttons.
5. Fill the kettle with fresh water up to max fill line (this is a final rinse) and bring water to a boil. Discard water.
6. Wipe the exterior with damp cloth. If needed, polish it with a soft, dry cloth.
Repeat this process when you see new buildups or even better, make this as a part of a monthly cleaning routine.
Important: Always switch off and unplug the kettle before cleaning. Never immerse the kettle base, power base, power cord or power plug in water. Do not allow water to come in contact with the heating element, handle or buttons. Do not rinse the exterior – instead, use damp cloth or sponge for cleaning.