If you are a coffee/tea lover, you would understand the importance of a kettle. A warm cup of your favorite beverage, be it coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, can make your winter special. Not to mention the warmth it provides when you’re chilling out with your friends or family. That’s why tea kettles hold a special place in tea lovers’ hearts. They often have beautiful designs and cute colors to make their appearance impressive and attractive to the users. However, maintaining the same beauty after frequent use requires some serious work.
Delaying cleaning up the tea kettle for weeks or in the worst case, even months can cause bigger problems. You have to be extremely vigilant about the regular cleaning of your kettle to keep them free of stains. That being said, kettles require additional cleaning techniques to remove the stubborn stains. Stains can be caused by multiple elements such as rust and hard water. You can clean the kettle with soap and water, but if the kettle got stubborn stains, basic clean-up might not be very helpful. That’s why you should learn the below-mentioned methods of cleaning your kettle to keep your kettle shining and maintain the perfect taste of boiled water. We have shared with you two different methods to help you with the kettle cleaning.
Baking Soda Method:
The first method involves the usage of baking soda for cleaning the kettle. The required ingredients are mentioned below:
- Baking Soda
- Scrubbing pads or soft cloth
- Dry ice or bottle scrubber
Baking Soda Method – Steps:
Follow these simple steps to clean your kettle:
- Take one cup of baking soda and pour it into the pot
- Fill the kettle by adding water
- Start heating water and baking soda to boil
- Now remove the heat and let it sit for the next 10 minutes
- Start scrubbing gently the inside body of your kettle by using a scrubber or a scrub brush. Beware of the high temperature, you don’t want to end up burning your hands.
- In case you want a brush that can fit the opening of your kettle, buying a baby bottle brush or narrow neck brush would be helpful. Furthermore, dry ice can also be a good alternative to a brush. All you need to do is pour the dry ice in around ¼ cup and start swirling it around.
- If you still see the stains, let most water be poured out and leave a small portion on the bottom.
- Add more soda to the kettle
- Start mixing baking soda by using the scrubbing brush. You would see a paste being formed by combining baking soda in water. In case it dissolves in water, pours in more soda.
- Carry on the scrubbing process. Thanks to the baking soda that acts as a mild abrasive, it can scrub away all stains.
- Once you are sure that all stains are removed, wash away the mixture
- Use clean water to rinse the kettle thoroughly
- Take a soft cloth and dry it out
Hopefully, this method will be effective for cleaning out the kettle and removing the stubborn stains. Alternatively, you can use another method involving vinegar to effectively clean the kettle. If you want to learn about the vinegar method, read the instructions given below:
The vinegar method can also be useful for effectively removing stains as well as rust. Furthermore, if your kettle has mineral deposits or limescale, this method can be used for removing them. However, you need to be quite careful while cleaning the kettle using the vinegar method. Its fumes can be strong, which is why ventilating the area or turning on the fan would be great during the process.
Here are the main ingredients that you would require for the vinegar method.
- White vinegar
- Scrubbing pads or soft cloths
Vinegar Method: Steps
- Take water and vinegar in equal amounts and fill your kettle with them
- Start heating the kettle till the water boils
- Turn off the heat after letting the water boil for few minutes
- Once the water starts cooling down, dispose of it
- By using a scrubbing pad or soft cloth, start wiping the stains away from your kettle’s interior body. If putting your hands inside the kettle seems difficult, you can use a damp cloth and put it inside. Ensure consistent swirling of the cloth by shaking the kettle. Next, take the cloth out by removing the lid and turning your kettle upside down. Again, you can also use dry ice rather than a cloth.
- Wash the kettle as normal and rinse it thoroughly with clean water.
- Dry it out using a soft cloth
- Additionally, you can apply diluted vinegar to the soft cloth to polish your kettle’s exterior.
Tips for Effectively Cleaning the Kettle:
Here are some useful advice and tips that you can consider to ensure effective cleaning of your kettle:
- Abrasive scrubbing pads may scratch your kettle’s surface, which is why using them might not be the best idea. We suggest using plastic or nylon scrubbers.
- When the water starts boiling, you need to keep monitoring it. Letting the kettle boil dry may cause scorch marks, adding further stains all over the kettle’s interior.
Kettles are considered one of the most essential kitchen gadgets in many households. They are available in a variety of designs, types, and colors for you to choose from. You can look for kettles in the most attractive designs to match your kitchen’s theme. No matter how beautiful they are, kettles can easily lose their charm if not taken care of. You need to ensure thorough and regular cleaning to remove stains and maintain beauty.
Delaying the cleaning process may cause numerous problems which will lead to the ineffective performance of the kettle. For instance, it can cause the development of limescale which will change the taste of water. Hence, by maintaining the hygiene of your kettle, not only will your kettle remain tidy and shiny, but also maintain its excellent performance. You surely wouldn’t want to compromise on the taste of your hot beverage.