Everybody enjoys a quick cleaning hack that takes the effort out of manually cleaning household appliances. Even if bought brand news, the average household kettle will develop a layer of limescale at some point. But rather than scrubbing and washing your kettle using chemicals which could then wind up in your hot drink, you can clean a kettle in a matter of minutes in an all-natural and non-harmful way.
How to clean a kettle with lemons
You’ll have to use your eyes as a guide of how often you will need to descale your kettle, as obviously, every appliance will differ depending on frequency of use.
As a general rule, however, you should be aiming to clean your kettle once every three months or so to keep it running smoothly.
If you live in a hard-water area, limescale will gradually fur up the heating element of your kettle.
While this isn’t too harmful for human consumption, it means the appliance will start working less effectively and take longer to boil.
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How to clean your kettle with vinegar
White wine vinegar can be used to clean a whole host of things around the house – and your kettle is one of them.
Using equal parts water and white wine vinegar, fill the kettle three-quarters full.
Bring the water to the boil and allow to fully cool down before draining the water out of the kettle.
Rinse several times, and boil it once or twice more just to make sure there’s no nasty after taste.
How to clean the outside of your kettle
Don’t forget that as well as the inside of the kettle, the outside could do with a little bit of love as well.
Use a multi-surface cleaner to polish and sanitise the outside if you have a stainless steel kettle.
Then, a dab of baby oil on some kitchen roll will buff it to a streak free shine.
Alternatively, you could opt to use a specialist cleaner for stainless steel, and for plastic kettles, any household surface cleaner will do.