How to clean and care for your electric kettle

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If you are an avid tea drinker then there is a good chance that you own an electric tea kettle to boil your water on a daily basis. If this is the case, then there is probably an accumulation of minerals around the bottom of your kettle and around the heating element. The build up of mineral deposits on the heating element can slow down the heating process. They can also begin to flake off and go into your water. Who wants a chunky cup of tea or coffee? Read on to find out the best way to keep your kettle in tip top shape.

The best way to clean your kettle is with ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. Vinegar is a good way to clean your kettle. Use an equal amount of water and vinegar and set your kettle to boil.

Have the mixture boil for up to 20 minutes for the best results. Let the mixture sit in your kettle for about 15 minutes. Pour out the substance and watch as all the mineral deposits disappear. Use a damp cloth to wipe the bottom of the electric kettle. After this you may need to rinse your kettle out a couple of times to eliminate the vinegar smell.

This same method can be used with lemon juice. Squeeze a lemon into some water and let it boil.

It’s important to care for your kettle so that you don’t have to replace it for a long time. Do this descaling process at least twice a year, or whenever you notice an excessive amount of mineral build up on the inside and around the heating element. Remember to always empty your kettle after every use. Don’t leave your kettle sitting around full of water. A happy kettle makes a good cup of tea.