You can boil water in all kinds of ways – even in a simple pan on an open fire or stove – though an electric kettle is usually much faster, it stops heat from escaping and allows the temperature to rise much faster and ultimately leads the water to boil more quickly.
But one of the biggest problems faced with it, the calcium built-up with continuous usage without cleaning.
Calcium build-up is not good for the kettle as it affects the performance of the unit. More the build-up in the kettle, the more time it’ll take to boil the water. That ultimately leads to killing the convenience of the unit, for which it’s mainly used.
On that basis, it’ll not be wrong to say that regular cleaning of the kettle is crucial to maintain prolong the efficiency and enhance the life span.
Hard water build-up not only affects the performance of the kettle, it also affects the taste of the water.
In this article, I have mentioned how you can clean your electric kettle to get rid of hard water buildup.
Things needed to get rid of hard water deposit
Simple ways to clean an Electric Kettle
While boiling the hot water in an electric kettle, the minerals do not evaporate like chlorine but builds up and crusts on the bottom. It’s not possible to clean this hard and unsightly build-up with just soap and water.
Don’t let the hard water deposit spoil the taste of the water, use the following techniques to get rid of the same.
In order to eliminate hard water deposits you can use white vinegar, lemon juice, lemon slices, and baking and they all give the same results. Let’s discuss the steps of using each product one by one.
- Using White Vinegar
You can eliminate the hard water build-up with the help of white vinegar.
Just pour water and vinegar in equal proportion into the kettle. Boil it for 20 to 25 minutes or longer, depressing up the level of build in your kettle.
Let the solution stay inside for some time until it cools down to a warm temperature before pouring it out of the kettle.
Rinse it a couple of times to eliminate the vinegar smell and that’s it. It’s that simple.
In case, there is some stubborn dill duck that just boils and repeats until it’s cleaned.
Moreover, you can use a non-scratch sponge to scrub the stubborn areas.
- Using Lime Juice
Lime juice is also effective in cleaning the hard water buildup in an electric kettle.
In order to do that just prepare a solution/mixture of around 500 ml of water and 30 grams of lime juice.
Pour the solution/mixture into the kettle and boil it for around 20 to 30 minutes.
Let the mixture cool down to a warm temperature and then pour the solution out of the kettle.
If still there is any stubborn deposit, clean it with the help of soda bicarbonate on a damp cloth.
After that just rinse the kettle at least 4-5 times with tap water.
- Using Lemon Slices
In order to use lemon slices to get rid of hard water deposit in the kettle. Slice the lemon after juicing it.
Half fill the kettle with water and add the extracted lemon juice in the water as well as lemon slices.
Let it boil for 15 to 20 minutes until water cools down. Remove the lemon slices from the kettle as well as pour the water out.
Rinse the kettle properly before using it and also wipe it with a clean cloth.
In order to prevent the build-up in the future make sure you empty out the water after every and also clean it once a month.