If you own an electric kettle at home, there’s a huge chance that you may not feel that there is no need to constantly clean it since it gets constantly sterilized from boiling water, anyway. However, it is also this exact practise that often leads to shorter life spans of electric kettles. While water is certainly sterilized through heating, but the mineral build-up for consistent use may cause some parts to function. One of the most common problems encountered for the electric kettle is longer heating time.
Most electronic appliances can be tricky to clean, though and the same is true for electric kettles. Here, we give you tested and proven tips on proper care and maintenance for your electric kettles, without any compromise on its functionality and durability.
One of the most important things to remember in cleaning an electric kettle is to never immerse it in water, especially the part where the heating element is located. This means that you cannot just simply put it in a dishwasher to rinse off. Secondly, remember to not leave unused water inside the kettle for too long, because this results to more mineral build-up. An expert tip is to always empty and wipe the kettle after use.
For electric kettles that have not been cleaned for too long, you can make your own cleaning solution to make sure that your electronic kettle is free from minerals. You will simply need white vinegar and water and bring them to boil. Let the solution stay inside the electric kettle for at least 15 minutes. After this, unplug the kettle, and rinse it multiple times to make sure that there is no vinegar left. Note that any lingering vinegar may affect the taste of the water that you will be boiling next, so it is important to rinse thoroughly. You can also boil plain water after rinsing to be more certain that no vinegar, as well as mineral content, is left. After final rinsing, dry the entire kettle using a soft cloth.
Make sure to check with your manufacturer ahead if they allow usage of vinegar for their product.
Cleaning the External Parts
Here’s a question we often receive from people: whether they should also clean the external parts of the kettle. The answer is yes, but not as often as you would for its interior. The exterior of your kettle is also constantly exposed to contaminants, which need to be removed before they cause a build-up, as well. To err on the safe side, refrain from using too much water, and simply use a cloth or soft brush to clean the kettle’s body. Once every two weeks is also a good maintenance schedule for your electric kettle. Some experts also recommend wiping the exterior with olive oil to retain its shine. However, this depends on your personal preference and the overall look of your kettle. This method is best used for electric kettles with a stainless steel body.
These cleaning tips are sure to help you make the most out of your electric kettles, without hurting the pocket.