How to Clean a Tea Kettle

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What You'll Need
White vinegar
Lime juice
Baking soda
Scrubbing pad
Paper towel

Because tap water is hard and contains a high mineral content, scaly deposits can develop on a kettle’s interior. In addition, stove-top kettles can look worn and stained after long-term use. Luckily, you can easily make your kettle look like new with just a few common household ingredients. Not only will your clean kettle function better, it will last longer.

Disclaimer: Before using any corrosive cleaning agent on your tea kettle, refer to your device’s user manual. If you don’t have one, first test your cleaning agents on a small, inconspicuous part on your kettle to make sure it doesn’t cause damage.

Step 1 - Clean the Inside

Clean it with Lime Juice

Add one cup of lime juice to the kettle, and then fill it up the rest of the way with water. Leave the mixture overnight. Most of the deposit will have loosened. Alternatively, you can boil the lime water and then dispose of the mixture after 10 minutes.

Clean it with Vinegar

Another useful household ingredient for cleaning out mineral deposits and cleaning off tea stains is white vinegar. First, fill the tea kettle with a vinegar-and-water mixture, using equal amounts of each liquid. Boil the diluted vinegar, and then let the hot mixture stay in the kettle for about one hour. Dispose of the hot mixture afterward.

Step 2 - Remove the Cleaning Residue Inside

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Although the inside of your kettle will now be clean, you should clean it out so when you make your tea or hot drink, it won't taste like lime or vinegar. To do this, fill your kettle with water and thoroughly boil it. Then, dispose of the water. Repeat if necessary.

Step 3 - Clean the Outside of the Tea Kettle

Stove-top kettles get messy from grease and food near the stovetop, where the kettle often sits. Luckily, baking soda and vinegar are likely already in your home. To remove these stains, use baking soda with a wet scrubbing pad. After cleaning, wash it with warm water. Finish the process by wiping off the tea kettle with a paper towel dampened with plain, white vinegar.

Step 4 - Perform Regular Maintenance

To lengthen the life of your kettle and keep it looking new, it’s important to perform regular maintenance to the kettle's outside. For regular cleaning, simply wipe with a paper towel dampened with vinegar.