2017-12-13  |  Tips and tricks  |  0 komentářů

How to Clean an Electric Kettle Inside and Out while Saving Money and the Environment

Calcium deposits are the main cause of damage to your electric kettle. Do you leave water in it all day? Then you have to clean this appliance more often.

1. Cleaning inside: Say goodbye to calcium deposits in your kettle

Calcium deposits are the main cause of damage to your electric kettle. Do you leave water in it all day? Then you have to clean this appliance more often. If your house or flat suffers from hard water, the deposits will form in front of your eyes. The layer increases the time needed to heat water. In extreme cases, it presents a risk of overheating and irreparable damage to the kettle.  Calcium deposit fragments can flake off and get into the water you use in your morning coffee. And you definitely don’t want that.

How to effectively remove calcium deposits?       

1.   Citric acid

Citric acid is an effective weapon against calcium deposits. It is truly gentle to your kettle and to the environment. Simply pour water into the kettle up to the line, add a teaspoon of citric acid and let it boil. Then leave the solution to work for at least an hour. Rinse out the kettle thoroughly then boil pure water in it at least once to wash away all remaining deposits.

2.   Vinegar

Again, simply pour a mixture of water and vinegar in a ratio of 1:1 into the kettle and boil. Leave the solution inside until the next day. Then wipe away the remaining deposits with a sponge or old toothbrush. To be on the safe side, boil a full kettle of pure water once.

3.   Special cleaners

In pharmacies and specialist stores, you will also find special kettle cleaners. They are available as liquids or in tablet form. There isn’t a large difference between them with regards to effectiveness. In most cases, they are already produced as citric acid based or soda based with chemical additives.

How to prevent calcium deposits?

You can safely prevent the formation of calcium deposits by pouring out excess water. Simply pour out the unused water into the sink each time you make tea or coffee and leave the kettle lid open, so it can properly and thoroughly dry.  The calcium deposits will stop forming, and you will save the time you would otherwise spend on cleaning the kettle.

2. Cleaning the kettle’s outside

kitchenaid electric kettle

Is the kettle already as good as new on the inside? Fantastic. Now, to wipe the outside clean of dust and grease. In fact, they can even get into the water and affect its taste and quality. How to do it?

  • Vinegar – excellent for cleaning the outside of the kettle as well. Simply soak a normal kitchen sponge in vinegar and clean the outer surface. All grime and deposits will instantly disappear.
  • Jar – You don’t have vinegar? It doesn’t matter. Instead of it, use warm soapy water. Don’t forget to wipe off the surface with only a clean cloth soaked in hot water at the end.
  • Professional stainless steel surface cleaner  – you can clean stainless steel kettles most quickly with a metal cleaner spray. Simply spray, wait a moment and wipe with a damp sponge. The kettle will be as good as new.  Furthermore, the spray will leave a protective water-resistant film.

Don’t forget about the base when cleaning the kettle – pay special attention to dirt in the contact point between the kettle’s bottom and the power supply.

TIP: stainless steel  surface cleaners are suitable for cleaning stove tops, ovens, refrigerators, cooktops, grills or extractor hoods. In short, all kitchen equipment.

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