I came across a British habit that always fascinated me: the high consumption of tea. I have to confess that coming from South America, I use to be more like a coffee person myself and couldn’t understand why on earth would people drink tea with milk.
As a result, I was reluctant to try it out in the beginning. But eventually, I was dragged by my fellow workmates to experiment with all sorts of tea varieties and forms of consumption. To my surprise, I fell for this delicious drink and the next step was to buy myself a shining tea kettle.
Months go by and every now and then I am there, starting the tea kettle and making myself a warm cuppa. However, what a surprise it was to me when I decided to look inside the electric kettle after a couple of months. It was packed with limescale, and it looked repulsive.
Unfortunately, I soon discovered the dirty limescale wouldn’t come off by scrubbing the kettle’s bottom surface with normal washing liquid. I had to figure out how to clean an electric kettle quickly before my craving for tea kill me.
I know different people have different views on how to make their tea. But when it comes to how to clean a tea kettle, there is only one efficient way, and it is simpler than you could imagine: use vinegar.
All that disgusting thing you see at the bottom of your dirty tea kettle is formed by the accumulation of sediment, which is made out of sodium and salt. Luckily, I figured out that although it looks disgusting, it is not harmful to your health whatsoever.
Here is what I did to clean my electric kettle: I got myself a good cup of vinegar, poured into the electric kettle, and brough it to boil.
The combination of heat and vinegar helped to break the limescale at the bottom of your tea kettle, and the steam will also help to clean the inside of it.
I prefer white vinegar but any kind of vinegar would do. Some people would use lime or lemon instead, but I found vinegar more efficient in this case. If the limescale accumulated at the bottom of a tea kettle is way too much, you may consider repeating the process described above a couple of times.
Another valuable tip for the case of limescale excess at the bottom of a tea kettle is to apply baking soda. Dump a little cloth in water, dip into the baking soda and use the cloth to scrub the electric kettle bottom.
Anyways, it is not extremely difficult to clean a tea kettle. I hope this article helped you to understand the basics. Either if it is using vinegar, lime, baking soda, or everything combined to get rid of the limescale, You will end up with a crystal clear bottom in your electric kettle.
Now it is up to you trying the way it would work best.