How to Clean Electric Kettle

When it comes to an appliance like an electric kettle, it is important to learn how to clean an electric kettle and maintain it properly. Using it without cleaning or putting the right care can damage your electric kettle. This widget will show you how to clean an electric kettle like a pro.

Unplug the kettle

  • Unplug the kettle, and wipe out any loose debris.
  • Determine if the kettle is dishwasher safe, if not, clean by hand.
  • Soak a paper towel in white vinegar and place it inside the kettle.
  • Let it sit for 15 minutes. Then, empty out the paper towel and fill with water again. Turn on the stove to medium heat and bring water to a boil.
  • Add lemon juice or citric acid to the water while it boils, then turn off heat and allow to sit for 30 minutes.
  • Empty out lemon juice or citric acid solution, then rinse kettle with hot water several times until all traces of vinegar are gone.
  • Use a sponge or soft cloth dipped in warm soapy water to wipe down any remaining build up on the outside of your electric tea kettle. Rinse off soap residue with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.

Empty out any water

Cleaning an electric kettle is not a difficult task. With a few simple steps and a cleaning agent, you can clean your kettle in a matter of minutes.

  • Empty out any water from the kettle.
  • Run some hot water through the spout of the kettle to help loosen any deposits that are stuck on or inside of it. You can also use vinegar or lemon juice for this step if you do not have any cleaning agent available.
  • Use a sponge or rag to wipe down the outside surface of your kettle; make sure that you wipe in long strokes so that you do not miss any spots.
  • If there are still areas that need attention, clean them using warm water and soap or vinegar and then rinse with clean water using another sponge or rag.

Dump the vinegar

To clean and maintain your electric kettle, follow these simple steps:

  1. Place the kettle on a flat work surface. Unplug the kettle’s power cord from the electrical outlet.
  2. Dump the vinegar into your kettle.
  3. Pour in enough vinegar to cover the bottom of the kettle.
  4. Turn on your electric kettle and allow it to run for about 10 minutes. The vinegar will begin boiling. This will help loosen up any deposits inside your kettle.
  5. Drain the vinegar out of your electric kettle, using a pot holder to remove it from its base.
  6. Wipe down any remaining vinegar residue with a rag or paper towel.
  7. Rinse out your electric kettle with fresh water and replace it on its base in its original position.
  8. Allow your electric kettle to air dry before replacing its lid and plugging it back into an electrical outlet

Fill up the kettle with water

You may think you’re being a bit over-the-top with the cleaning routine, but electric kettles are made from stainless steel and plastic, so they’re prone to stains and bacteria buildup.First, fill up the kettle with water and add 1/4 cup of vinegar. Then boil for five minutes. Let it sit for 15 minutes after boiling and then rinse out with hot water.

Boil a pot of water on the stove

The easiest way to clean an electric kettle is to fill it with water and boil it on the stove. This will remove any build-up of mineral deposits or other contaminants that may be in the water chamber, and if you use filtered or distilled water, it will leave behind no traces of those substances.

If you don’t want to do this, or if you don’t have access to a stove, then you can use vinegar or lemon juice in place of the boiling water (they’re both acids). This method also works well for cleaning tea kettles.

Use a soft sponge

If you’re using a plastic kettle, you’ll want to be sure to use only mild dishwashing liquid and warm water. Do not immerse the cord in water or clean the interior of your electric kettle with anything other than mild soapy water. Rinse well after cleaning and allow it to dry completely before using again.

If you have a stainless steel electric kettle, then you can use a damp cloth, preferably one that is made from microfiber to wipe down the exterior surfaces of the kettle. If there are any stains on the outside of your electric kettle that won’t come off with just water, then you can use a drop or two of mild dishwashing liquid on your cloth before wiping away any stains or smudges on your kettle’s exterior surface.

As far as cleaning goes, if you’re using an electric kettle that has an automatic shut-off feature, then it’s important to make sure that this feature is functioning properly before using it again. After all, no one wants hot water to overflow onto their countertops while they’re busy making tea or coffee!

Replace the lid

Cleaning a kettle is easy, just follow these simple steps:

Remove the lid and filter. Wipe out any excess water inside the kettle with a cloth.

Remove any food particles from inside the base of the kettle using a bottle brush or toothbrush. If there are lots of food particles, fill the kettle with warm water and half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) and leave overnight to soak. The next day, empty out the solution and rinse thoroughly before cleaning with hot soapy water.

Clean the outside and inside of your electric kettle by filling it with warm soapy water and leaving overnight to soak. The next day, empty out the solution and rinse thoroughly before wiping dry with a clean cloth or paper towel.


To conclude, a well-maintained electric kettle requires less time to heat the water and therefore saves electricity, replacing or repairing the electric kettle will save you from potential accidents, and it’s also advisable that you clean the exterior of your electric kettle on a regular basis to avoid lime scale buildup.