Ideally, almost everyone loves coffee. Or most likely you will storm the kitchen for a cup of tea. While most people will use common methods like microwave and gas cookers to prepare these drinks hot water, I know there are better methods to do so. Using ceramic electric kettle will take you a fraction of the time used in other heating methods. This is a quick way to have a hot drink and it amazes how quick it can be.
However, after consistent use, ceramic electric kettles can have mineral build up which mainly results from hard water. Just like the stainless steel electric kettles, ceramic electric kettles component functionality will be affected by the lime build-up and other build ups that may inhibit the heating components. It is important to take a thorough cleaning approach for your kettle. Of course, you don’t want to use an approach that is not food safe or that which will cause harm to internal heating components. This article will take you through on how to clean your ceramic electric kettle using the best effective approaches.
There are many methods and improvisations which are tailored to clean electric kettles. So do various ingredients used in the processes. While the are many ingredients that can have the job well done, t is good to use those which will remove all types of mineral deposits.
Using Distilled White Vinegar
You will need a scrubby brush, a microfiber cloth, and water.
Mix equal parts of water and white vinegar and pour the mixture into your kettle.
- Plug the kettle to a power source and turn it on. Leave the solution to boil
- Unplug the kettle and leave it to cool.
- Wet the microfibre cloth with the solution and use it to wipe the exterior of your ceramic electric kettle.
- Thoroughly scrub the inside using your brush. Be thorough enough and make sure to touch all the corners and hidden parts.
- After scrubbing the inside pour the solution and rinse with water severally.
- To ensure all vinegar taste and the smell is removed, boil plain water at least twice and pour it. This should also offer a good drain for your kettle.
Using lemon water
Lemon or water can also be used to clean your ceramic electric kettle. Ceramic is known to stick stains if not properly cleaned but using lemon water when cleaning all stains and lime build up can be removed.
- Prepare a mixture of 500 ml of water lemon pieces and boil the mixture in the kettle for about 30 minutes.
- After unplugging the kettle, empty it and give it some time to cool.
- Using a damp cloth, wipe remaining residue of hard water from the interior components of your kettle. You should sock the cloth with some soda bicarbonate for it to be effective.
- Rinse your kettle thoroughly at least five times before heating your water for drinking.
Using a baking soda solution
The manufacturer of your kettle may limit you from using vinegar for cleaning your ceramic kettle. If that is the case, worry not. You can use a baking soda solution as an alternative. What you have to do is;
Mix around 30 gms or a teaspoon of baking soda with two cups of water.
- Transfer the solution into your kettle and boil it.
- Leave the solution to sock for 20 to 30 minutes before pouring the solution.
- Rinse the kettle several with cold water before using it.
- Baking soda will remove scaling and lime build up in your kettle.
Commercial cleaning solutions.
There are solutions that you can get over the counter tailored for cleaning kettles. If you want to use a commercial cleaning product, check home improvement stores or your local supermarket. You can also go online when you are likely to find hundreds of varieties.
These cleaning products will come will directions o how to use them. Just like the products discussed above, cleaning using these commercial products will involve mixing them in precise proportions with water and leaving the solution to soak. After some time, you should rinse the kettle with cold water before using it again.
You can also try some other tips to keep your ceramic electric kettle clean and free from mineral build up.
Consider the use of a limescale catcher. This should slow the rate a which lime builds up in your kettle.
- Clean your kettle on a regular basis. This should be at least twice a month for the interior and weekly for the exterior. If you can manage it more often, the better.
- Use Coke. Coke is a carbonated drink. The carbonic acid in it makes it suitable to remove limescale. It easily dissolves limescale which builds up in your kettle. Maybe you can sacrifice your drink to save you kettle.