It’s always a good idea to clean and descale your tea kettle on a regular basis as if you do not, limescale is inevitably going to build up inside of it. This applies in particular to tea kettles that are made of metal, but it can occur in glass, enamel and clay pieces as well, to a lesser degree.
Limescale is the white and milky substance that accumulates inside your kettle over long usage; it usually forms once the hot water has evaporated completely.
Limescale deposits are also an eyesore and are extremely difficult to remove through mere scrubbing. Additionally, the harder you scrub the kettle, the more likely it is that it’s inner surface will get scratched or compromised in the process.
Whether you use your tea kettle once a month, several times a week, or on a daily basis, it is important to take the time to clean and descale it in order to keep it looking and feeling new. Without further ado, here are the simple instructions on how to descale your tea kettle.
Descaling your tea kettle with a natural homemade solution
Let’s start with the homemade solution: water and vinegar. You may also substitute the household vinegar with lemon juice – which may actually be a more favorable approach as your tea kettle will end up smelling like lemons afterwards.
- Fill the tea kettle with the solution and allow it to sit there for about an hour.
- After the time is up, boil the kettle with the water and vinegar mixture inside.
- Once it has come to a boil, pour out the solution and rinse it out with cool, clean water.
- If any traces of limescale remain, use a damp cloth and bicarbonate soda to wipe it off.
Be sure to rinse the tea kettle as thoroughly as possible so that the smell of vinegar vanishes completely.
Descaling your tea kettle with a retail product
First step is to purchase a tea kettle cleaning product. Some popular brands that have achieved a high number of favorable reviews include Durgol Express Multipurpose Decalcifier and Gold Medal Prod. 2095MC Popcorn Kettle Cleaner, but any cleaning decalcifier product should work.
- Combine this with water to dilute it and pour it into the tea kettle.
- Next, switch on your stove and allow the tea kettle to come to a boil.
- Once the water has started to boil, remove it from the stove and let the tea kettle soak in the solution.
- After about half an hour, rinse the tea kettle thoroughly with cool water.
Make sure you don’t fill the tea kettle to the brim in order to avoid any spilling.
Whether you’ve used a retail product or a natural homemade solution, wipe down the outside of the kettle afterwards using a clean, soft cloth and an all-purpose kitchen appliance cleaner to keep it looking brand new, shiny and spiffy. Be sure to keep away from heavy duty cleaners and scrubbing pads to keep from damaging the piece.
Tips for different materials
If you own an electric kettle made of plastic, keep in mind that this type of material is particularly sensitive to abrasions and scratches. Wiping it down with warm soapy water should suffice for the cleaning process. You can also rub any discoloration marks with a slice of lemon.
On the other hand, for metal tea kettles, washing them with clean, soapy water followed by buffing with the use of a micro fiber cloth will work wonders for getting rid of streaks.
Tips for keeping limescale at bay
Last but not least, in order to keep limescale buildup to a minimum, pour water into your tea kettle through the spout. Also, once you are finished using your tea kettle, throw out the water immediately.
Finally, note that tea kettle de-scalers do exist – these are steel mesh balls whose purpose is to collect limescale that has accumulated in the tea kettle.