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How to Clean an Electric Kettle

Kettles are great tool. You can boil water virtually anywhere. All you need to do is plug it in and watch it boil. However, the biggest issue with them is simply cleaning. Often time the instruction tells you not to submerge it in water. So how do you clean it? This article will list the different techniques and methods to clean a electric kettle. From lime build up to grease stains.

Cleaning the Exterior

The exterior is one of the easiest to clean. Although its not as easy as a non electric kettle, you can do it with relative ease. Just use a damp sponge or towel. Be sure to ring it out before wiping. If you find that its leaving streak mark, get a paper towel and dry it immediately afterwards. For things like grease stains, lightly misting the exterior with soap water work as well.

Today, a lot of electric kettle can be separated from the base. This usually means that they are up and away from electronic component. While this is not true for all electric kettle, the risk of damaging it is lower. However, you should follow the instruction given by the manufacturer.


Cleaning the interior is a bit of a challenge. Since its harder to reach in, you cant scrub it like the exterior. Thankfully, there are a few option out there. I like to soak them in soapy water and heat it up. This will clean up most of the issue.

Limescale Build Up and White Film

Ever notice a white film on your kettle. This issue plagues both the electric and normal kettle. You can scrub it and it still wont get out. But if you use the right products, it comes off without any work on your part. There are two products that can be used. One that is sold by manufacturer is called a citric acid cleaner. All you need to do is let it soak and it will clean it out. Another product that you probably have is white wine vinegar. Just pop it in, heat it up and let it soak for 24 plus hour.

Cleaning a Electric Kettle Thoughts

Cleaning a Electric Kettle is pretty easy as long as you have the right tool. Using a damp sponge with some soap is great for the exterior. The interior can be easily cleaned with citric acid cleaner, White Wine Vingear or soap. All method works, just dont submerge it in water.

Looking for a Electric Gooseneck Kettle? Check out our article on the Best Electric Gooseneck Kettle.

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