Most of us use our kettles several times a day, which can result in a build-up of limescale in the kettle and can leave the exterior looking quite grubby. Cleaning a kettle is a simple chore that, if done on a regular basis can keep your kettle going for longer and in return also uses less energy.

Purple Kettle

The Knowhow

Before starting disconnect the kettle from the mains and allow it to cool down if it's just been used.

Cleaning the outside of the kettle

  • The exterior should be cleaned with a damp soft cloth. Don't use any heavy duty cleaners or scrubbing pads as these can damage the kettle.

De-scaling the kettle

Using vinegar:

  • Fill the kettle with 1 half vinegar and 1 half water
  • Leave the mixture in the kettle for an hour - you can leave it for longer if you feel the kettle needs it
  • After this time pour the mixture out
  • If there's still limescale, wipe round with bicarbonate soda and a damp cloth
  • Rinse the inside of the kettle out several times; until the smell of vinegar has vanished

Using citric acid:

  • Pour 30g of lemon juice and 500ml of water into the kettle
  • Boil the kettle
  • Once boiled, unplug the kettle and leave it to cool
  • Pour out the mixture
  • If there's still limescale, wipe the inside with bicarbonate soda and a damp cloth
  • Rinse the kettle out at least five times with cold water

Some manufacturers advise using specific products e.g. Morphy Richards recommends Oust Descaler for their stainless steel kettles, or alternatively citric acid crystals.

The filters in your kettle will also need to be cleaned or replaced; find out more information in our article How do I replace my kettle filter?

Tips to prevent limescale

To reduce the amount of limescale in the kettle, try to fill the kettle up through the sprout, if possible. Also, pour out any excess water from the kettle when you're finished using it. You can also purchase a kettle descaler, which is a steel mesh ball that collects limescale when placed in the kettle.

Now that job is done you can put the kettle on and your feet up.

Always refer to the manufacturer's manual for specific details.

Updated On:

Dec 30, 2011

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