How to Clean a Kettle | Tips That Actually Work

Oh yea, we are going to talk about the “hero in the shadows” of all kitchen appliances. This fella boils tirelessly to brew your teas, make your morning coffee, cook your ramen, and it even steps up for those last-minute hot water bottle needs. Isn’t it time you showed it some love?

a kettle in a kitchen

Now before you say that I’m completely out of my mind, I’m not suggesting you buy it flowers or write it a poem (although I’m sure it would appreciate the sentiment). I’m talking about some good old-fashioned TLC – maintenance and cleaning. So buckle up, buttercup, because we’re going on a kettle-cleaning journey.

Maintenance: Because Prevention is Better Than Cure

When it comes to keeping your kettle in top-notch shape, a little maintenance goes a long way (as is the case with most kitchen appliances). Here are a few tips to keep your kettle singing:

  1. Don’t Overfill It: Yes, your kettle can hold a lot of water. No, that doesn’t mean you should fill it to the brim every time. Overfilling can cause steam to affect the electrical components. Plus, it takes longer to boil, and let’s be real, who has time to wait for that?
  2. Empty After Each Use: Leaving water in your kettle overnight can lead to mineral buildup and that’s as much fun as finding a wasp in your sock.
  3. Unplug After Use: I know, it sounds so obvious that it’s almost insulting. But you’d be surprised how many people leave their kettles plugged in. It’s like leaving your car running while you’re not in it, except with less noise and no carbon monoxide.

Cleaning: Show That Grime Who’s Boss

Now onto the fun part: cleaning. I can almost hear the enthusiasm in your voice. Here’s your no-nonsense, slightly sarcastic guide to making your kettle shine:

  1. Mix up Your Magic Potion: Combine equal parts vinegar and water (enough to fill your kettle). Now, before you ask, no, this won’t make your kettle smell like a salad dressing.
  2. Let It Boil: Boil the vinegar-water solution in the kettle. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes while you contemplate life’s big questions, like “why does the kettle always boil when you leave the room?”
  3. Scrub-A-Dub-Dub: Empty the kettle (careful, it’s hot), and give it a good scrub with a non-metallic sponge or brush. Do not use steel wool unless you want your kettle to have that fashionable “scratched” look.
  4. Rinse and Repeat: Rinse the kettle a few times with water, then boil plain water in the kettle once or twice to ensure all traces of vinegar are gone. Otherwise, you might get a surprise tang in your next cup of tea.

The Bottom Line

Well, there you go. Now you can add to your resume that you are also a certified kettle cleaning expert. I can only imagine how would a would-be employer look at that bullet point, haha. Man, I’m hilarious…

In any case, I hope that these cleaning tips and tricks were somewhat helpful and that you can now give your faithful kettle the good ol’ “scrub”.