How to Clean And Descale A Stove Top Kettle

We all use kettles, of all kinds, each and every day of our lives.  They are one of the most consistently used kitchen appliances.  Whether it is an electric kettle or a stove top kettle, you probably use it for one or more of the following – making cups of tea, coffee and other hot beverages; heating up porridge, making instant noodles and filling up hot water bottles among many other things.  It is said that at least 120 million cups of tea are consumed each day in the UK.  We are sure you can imagine the amount of dirt, grime and limescale that builds up inside and around it – well you just have to look really.  In order to get on top of it then, you need to know how best to clean and remove the limescale and that is exactly what we are going to cover in this post.

Cleaning A Stove Top Kettle

To start with, we will discuss the best techniques for cleaning a stove top kettle, before we tackle descaling one.

One way to go about cleaning your kettle is to take your chosen kettle-cleaning product (if it is a anti-bacterial multi-purpose cleaner, dilute it with water) and pour it into the kettle.  Boil the kettle with the cleaning solution inside it for a period of time and then leave the solution in the kettle to soak.  Once you have given it time to soak, rinse it thoroughly with cold water.  Finish off by wiping the outside of the kettle using multi-purpose anti-bacterial cleaner and plenty of elbow grease.

It is recommended you tackle the job of cleaning the outside of your kettle regularly and the inside every few months to keep dirt, grime and limescale to a minimum.  If you live in an area with hard water, you should increase the frequency of cleaning.

As an alternative to the above, there is also a more natural kettle cleaning method:

Fill your kettle with a solution that is equal parts vinegar and water and leave it to soak for an hour.  After an hour, boil the kettle and then empty it and rinse it thoroughly with cold water.  If you do not have any vinegar, you can use lemon juice.  As well as doing the exact same job as vinegar, it also gives your kettle a nice lemony scent.  Finish the job by using a general-purpose cleaner and a damp cloth.

Descaling A Stove Top Kettle

As well as straight forward cleaning you will also need to descale (remove limescale) your kettle from time to time.

What Actually Is Limescale?

For the uninitiated, limescale is a milky white and very tough deposit also known by its the chemical name – calcium carbonate.  You will normally find limescale in places that are hard to clean such as:

  • Central heating systems
  • Old pipes
  • And, of course, kettles

Removing Limescale From A Stove Top Kettle

The above methods for cleaning the inside of the kettle will also descale as well as clean the surfaces.

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