How to Clean An Electric Kettle

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How do you clean an electric kettle?

  1. Use various cleaning substances to descale
  2. Unplug the kettle and disassemble
  3. Clean the water filter
  4. Scrub inside the kettle again
  5. Clean the outside of the kettle
  6. Reassemble

If you think about it, most people would agree that having an electric kettle at your disposal is a great thing. In an average home, the electric kettle is used daily, for coffee, tea, or anything else requiring hot water. Because of this, it can get quite dirty. This is why knowing how to clean an electric kettle will maintain the appliance’s efficiency.

When boiling water, some of those minerals get left behind in the kettle. Then, with continued use for a long time, the minerals accumulate into the scales that we see from uncleaned kettles. These scales need to be cleaned depending on your usage of the kettle, but on average, four times a year. Here, we have prepared a guide on how to descale an electric kettle. Read on.

Use Various Cleaning Substances to Descale

Use Various Cleaning Substances to Descale

Descaling is the first step in cleaning any type of electric kettle. This process involves applying a certain amount of cleaning solution — be it vinegar, citric acid, or soda — to remove any grime on the device’s inner workings.


Vinegar is an acidic compound used for cooking, as well as cleaning purposes. Here’s how you descale an electric kettle with this ingredient.

First, pour distilled vinegar and water in equal parts until about halfway or three-fourths of your electric kettle. Turn it on to boil. After that, let the solution sit in your kettle for about 20 more minutes. Then, pour it out and rinse the kettle thoroughly. If there are still some scales left, use the rough back of the sponge to clean it all out.


Citric acid is another acidic compound that can be used to clean the inside of your electric kettle without worrying about any negative effects.

If you want to use citric acid to descale your electric kettle, fill half of the kettle with water and boil. Once it’s boiling, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of citric acid. Let the mixture sit in the kettle for 20 minutes. Then, discard the solution and scrub off any remaining scales in the kettle. Rinse with water afterward.


If you have any soda around that you don’t want to drink anymore, you can also use it to clean your electric kettle. Fill your kettle with soda about halfway. Turn it on to boil and let the soda sit for an extra 30 minutes after boiling. Then you can discard the soda, scrub off extra stubborn scales, and rinse thoroughly.

Unplug the Kettle and Disassemble

Unplug the Kettle and Disassemble

If you’re done descaling, you can move on to the other parts of the kettle now. But before you do, make sure the kettle is cool and unplugged to avoid electrocution. If your kettle has a water filter, it’s best to remove it now.

Clean the Water Filter

If your kettle model has a water filter, like the Fukuda EK18M 1.8Liter Matte Electric Kettle, you need to clean it as well. There should be directions in the manual on how to do this. To be sure, follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to clean the water filter. But in general, since most filters are metal, you can soak them in a water and vinegar solution for over five minutes. Then, do the usual and scrub and rinse.

Scrub Inside the Kettle Again

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It never hurts to give the inside of the kettle another pass of scrubbing. Use a soft-bristled bottle brush to remove any excess scales, gunk, or dirt inside the kettle. Be more thorough this time, and try to focus on the spout where scale buildup can be heavy. If it’s difficult to remove, you can dip the bottle brush in vinegar to soften up the mineral scales.

Clean the Outside of the Kettle

After the inside is cleaned, it’s time to give the exterior of the kettle some attention. Use a soft sponge and some warm water to wipe down the outside of the kettle. If some spots are hard to remove, try dipping the damp sponge onto some dry baking soda. Its gentle abrasiveness will help you remove that tough spot. When you’re done, wipe the kettle dry with a microfiber cloth.


After cleaning the entire appliance, make sure you assemble the parts in all the right places. Test your electric kettle out after reassembling to make sure it still works. If everything’s good, then you have a clean one ready for use.

Key Takeaway

Now that you know how to clean an electric kettle, you should start doing it regularly. The speed at which the kettle can accumulate minerals and dirt depends on how often you use it. Just try to be observant and clean your electric kettle as often as needed.

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