In this article, we tell you how to clean kettle with vinegar!
Your kettle might just be the most important appliance in your kitchen; especially when winter rolls around. It’s no longer essential for just teas and coffees but filling up hot water bottles too. Not to mention all the cooking uses it plays a big part in. We rely heavily upon it, which is why it’s vital to keep it in tip-top condition. The last thing you want to do is waste money by purchasing multiple kettles throughout the year.
But how can you protect kettles when they’re constantly being used? The answer - regular cleaning. There are so many different cleaning options out there for your kettles, but if you want to remove stains while protecting the condition of your kettle, natural products are best.
One incredible natural cleaning product is vinegar. It may surprise you but aside from the smell of vinegar, it’s pretty much the perfect product. That being said, it only takes a lemon left out overnight to remove any smells that linger behind. First of all, read on to discover how to use vinegar to clean your kettle.
We’ve already told you that vinegar has great cleaning properties but how does it work? The key is the acetic acid. In its purest form it is clear and incredibly powerful, but when used for food purposes it makes a tasty condiment and a great cleaning agent.
Acid is what you’ll find in most chemical and natural cleaning agents. The difference is that naturally occurring acid is far kinder to the surface. It means you may have to use more of a product or have more patience but it’s certainly worth it when it comes to protecting the item you’re cleaning.
The first thing you’re going to do is grab a bottle of white vinegar. From all the kinds of vinegar on offer, this is the most powerful and suitable for cleaning purposes. Another reason to use white vinegar is that it won’t leave any stains as typical vinegar would that you’d chuck on your fish and chips.
When you have some white vinegar, you need to empty your kettle. Pour one part vinegar and one part water. Equal measures until your kettle is at maximum capacity. Then set it to boil. The important part here is that when the kettle has boiled you leave it alone. Don’t open the lid or remove it from the base. Leave it for 5 minutes or so, then empty it.
The next thing you’re going to do is grab a microfibre cleaning cloth. Douse it in some white vinegar so that it is soaked through. Then repeat the previous step. Fill your kettle with equal parts vinegar and water then set to boil.
Again, don’t open or remove your kettle too early from the base. This time you’ll need to allow it to cool a little while longer. Long enough for the cloth to cool down to the touch. As soon as you can grab the cloth, empty the kettle and use it to wipe away any residue. This will more than likely be around the spout and on the inside of the lid/rim.
Your final step is getting rid of that vinegar taste. The last thing you need is a cup of coffee tasting like a Friday night dinner. How do you do that? Simply boil tap water then leave your kettle to steam again. Boiling the water will remove the taste, but you may still have issues with the smell. Leave a half-cut lemon on the outside of the kettle, or if you can balance it inside, pop it in there for a quicker result. A couple of hours or overnight should suffice depending on placement.
For the most part, this will depend on how often you use it. Limescale naturally occurs when water touches a surface, but you can minimise your need to clean by taking a few preventative measures. The first one is to always leave your kettle empty, this way there’s no water to encourage limescale build-up. The second is to leave the lid open a little bit, this will encourage airflow and help to release any moisture - again limiting limescale.
Other than minimising the build-up of limescale, you may clean it weekly if you find yourself making multiple cups a day or if it’s predominantly for cooking, you could get away with monthly cleans.