There is no rule or regulation that is determined for all the kitchenware to always be washed regularly, but the point is it needs and should to be exactly cleaned and sanitised for the sake of healthiness. Cleaning is the very basic step we tend to always neglect or avoid doing, so as for kettles.
Kettle is like an alternative to microwave that is used for boiling, you can use it for tea, coffee, and water. Having a kettle at home is a very convenient thing we all need as a hot drink complimentary machine. Some people tend to ignore cleaning or skip the cleaning part of the kettle because they think that kettle only is used for liquid so it is okay to clean it later, but there is always an unexpected risk in doing anything, so does your kettle.
1. Why should we always clean our kettle? Is it really that important?
Neglecting the importance of sanitation is a risk at worst, skipping the cleaning part to your kettle for so long will likely leave you with a disgusting limescale and could damage your health, affecting the taste and smell of your drinks, and destroying your kettle. And even when you do clean your kettle, do you deep clean it or just clean “clean”? Because without regular or deep cleaning techniques, a kettle can produce limescale when you use it for coffee, tea or even with water. Once you ignore this important step, you will find it a little difficult in using a kettle because it will take more time boiling, more electricity and the worst part is that it will affect the quality of your water, tea or coffee and your health. So, a little much care is needed for your kettle. And for the stainless steel kettle, it can be rusty if you avoid the cleaning.
So, if you are still here reading this, you are on the right page. This article is going to briefly tell you a few easy steps on how to clean the inside of your kettle and the outside of it to keep up with hygiene and shiny as the first time bought.
2. Essential tips for Cleaning a Kettle
2.1 Regular cleaning
This step might sound a bit simple like we always clean it after we use them, but the difference is that we do not just soaping and rinse them, you also need to use boiled water to rinse it off after, so that it cleans better and does not leave any slipperiness inside any edges of your kettle. You can practice this method for daily cleaning in order to keep your kettle clean always. To avoid either coffee stains or tea stains, you just need to rinse it with warm water with a little drop of detergent and wash it nicely with your sponge. Once you are done washing it, rinse it off with warm water and then take soft cloth to dry out the kettle.
There are different types of kettle, glass electric kettle, electric kettle, plastic and ceramic kettles, but here is the step for glass electric kettle. Using a glass kettle you want to be gentle not to break it, and cleaning might be a little difficult to clean off every edge and using soap is clean but just not enough to wash off all the dirt or the smell of coffee. So, adding vinegar is one of the choices you may like to consider to clean your kettle. And it can also be used with other types of kettles as well, if your kettle is rusty, vinegar can wash off the rust because vinegar contains acetic acid, so it can cut off those rusty reddish from your kettle, and vinegar might leave little smell in your kettle but overtime it will pass, but you can pour hot water in for about 2 minutes to clear off the smell.
After vinegarize and stemming your kettle, you may take soft cloth to clean the inside and outside your kettle, then you will have your nice and shiny kettle. Practice this method several times a week to keep your kettle clean and hygiene which you won’t need to worry about losing your coffee taste.
2.3 Lemon Juice
Lemon does have the same acid as vinegar which is good to clean kettle and/or dishes. This is the easiest method because the ingredient needed can be found in your fridge, The process of using lemon juice to clean off the dirt is almost similar to vinegar. You need two lemons and clean water, squeeze those lemons into the kettle and then pour in the water and stir it to mix the lemon juice and water until the lemon juice is dissolved then boil it for about 30 minutes and keep it there for a little while.
After it is all cooled down, pour out the water from the kettle and rinse it with clean water. After all, you may take some soft cloth to wipe the kettle, you will have your shiny lemon-polish kettle for your coffee. This is the most preferred cleaning method and this does not leave after smell like vinegar.
2.4 Baking Soda
Another natural way of cleaning the kettle is using baking soda and water. Before starting to clean your kettle, make sure that you unplug it first to avoid any accident. Yet, there are two options with this method, first you can take a 1 and a half teaspoon of baking soda mix it with water and then pour it into the kettle and boil it for about 15 minutes, after then you can leave it there for maybe around 15 minutes to cool it down so that you can softly scrub for another round just to make sure that you can every edges clean. Finally after all the scrubbing, you can pour out the baking soda water and clean it off with warm or cold water for 2-3 times to make sure that there is after smell of baking soda.
You can practice cleaning your kettle with this method a few times a week. The second option takes less time than the first is by creating a paste with baking soda and a few drops of water to mix it nicely, and then take out your tooth brush and gently scrub it till the limescale is coming off. After you have done scrubbing, you can rinse it off with clean water and check whether it needs another round of cleaning, if so you can repeat the procedure. And there you will have a clean kettle.
2.5 A commercial kettle cleaning product
Probably you will find some cleaning product recommended by your kettle seller or at the mall, so you can give it a try since it would not hurt anything. Take a pack and read thoroughly the description and follow the direction described on the pack because that is what we do when we try a new product. Tear the pack and add water then pour it into the kettle and you may want to leave it there or take a sponge and scrub it gently. After done all the following steps, pour out the water and rinse it with clean water and dry it out with some cloth. And that is done with a commercial kettle cleaning product, easy peasy, but whether using that commercial cleaning product is as clean as cleaning with lemon or vinegar, we are going to leave it to you and let you judge the result by yourself.
These above-mentioned methods are all good to go with the cleaning methods and it would not ruin the kettle because their roles are to only help praying away the dirt and rust which is what it does specifically to/for the inside of your kettles. Cleaning or washing anything it always does for both sides, so if you wish to clean the outside of your kettle you can keep reading for the details below.
How to clean the outside of a kettle?
Cleaning the outside of you is nothing difficult, you just need soap or detergent and warm water to create a solution. Bring your favorite sponge to scrub and wash the outside of your kettle nicely and gently and carefully not to get any drops of soap inside the kettle. After scrubbing and washing your kettle, you can rinse off with water and dry it out by using your cloth. And you need to clean the outside of your kettle twice a week, and if possible you can also clean it every time after using.
A side reminder, always unply the kettle before cleaning. However, if you want your kettle to look shiny and new, you can polishing the look with a little dab of baby oil or use a specialist stainless steel cleaner. Again, be careful not to get the inside dirty or else you need to repeat cleaning the inside of your kettle for another time.
How to Prevent Limescale?
Since cleaning is a very basic step we do in the kitchen, so the preventive measure to prevent limescale in your kettle is also cleaning and washing. If you notice a little of limescale, do not waste any minute if you want the best for your kettle, all you need to know and do is to always clean it after use, follow and repeat your most preferred methods and never neglect the importance of cleaning. However, if you are in a rush to work or go out, you can just pour in hot water after doing your regular cleaning and you can leave it there for the water to cool down, and then everything is set, simple.
To sum up, as you can see the steps and methods of kettle cleaning are not really difficult which you can practice cleaning your kettle every week as you wish to have a clean and shiny kettle and also hygiene. The cleaning methods can be applied to all types of kettle either glass or stainless steel kettles, you will get yourself in trouble if you neglect the importance of cleaning your kettle. Cleaning regularly would not be a tiresome unless you want your kettle as new and shiny as the first time you bought it. So yeahh, cleaning is always a good habit to have and it also good for your drinks to not have any dirt or rust ruin its taste.