Electric kettles have become a true household staple. They boil water more quickly than traditional stovetop models, because their heating elements are in direct contact with the water, and often have built-in safety features like an automatic dry boil cut-off.
Unfortunately, in hard water areas where the water contains moderate or high levels of calcium and magnesium salts, electric kettles are prone to “scaling” or “furring”. Over time, as calcium carbonate and other minerals accumulate, they act as an insulator, slowing down the heating process. Deposits may even flake up, appearing as tiny rocks in your tea or coffee – ew!
Here’s the good news: it’s easy to clean your water kettle – here’s how:
1. First remove the power cord plug from the wall. You could be seriously hurt if you try to wash your kettle with it still plugged into the power outlet.
2. Empty all water out of the kettle and allow it to cool off if still hot. Adding water to an already hot kettle may warp the metal and cause irreparable damage.
3. Once it has cooled, fill the kettle about halfway with warm water. Add a quarter cup of white vinegar to the water and mix. Let the water sit for 10 to 20 minutes.
4. Most of the scale and deposits will be towards the bottom of the kettle. After the water/vinegar mix has been in the kettle for 10-20 minutes, use a scouring pad to gently remove any remaining deposits. Any remaining scale or calcium deposits should be softened by the vinegar/water mix and should be easy to remove. NOTE: Do not scrub too hard on the heating element, as this has a special coating to protect it. Some kettles may have a concealed element (all Avancer kettles do).
5. Pour out the vinegar/water mix and rinse your kettle with plenty of cold water. Be sure to remove any chunks of scale calcium deposit that may have come loose during cleaning.
6. Clean the outside of the kettle as needed, being careful not to scratch the finish.
7. Allow the kettle to dry completely before using it again. Take special care to ensure all water has dried from the electrical connectors on the base.
Now, your kettle is as good as new. Enjoy that cup of well-deserved tea!