How to Get Rid of Hard-Water Residue on an Electric Kettle

An electric kettle requires regular care to maintain the cleanliness of the interior and the water being boiled, as tap water used with the home appliance contains mineral deposits.
Deposits found in hard water calcify inside of the electric kettle, and they affect the quality of the boiled water and can shorten the life span of the kettle. Although each electric kettle comes with its own type of cleaning solution, you can create your own kettle cleaner with vinegar. Distilled white vinegar safely breaks up hard-water residue and thoroughly cleans the electric kettle when used regularly.

Step 1

Fill the electric kettle with 1/2 inch of distilled white vinegar. Turn on the electric kettle.

Step 2

Bring the white vinegar to a boil. Turn off the kettle. Carefully pour the white vinegar from the kettle into the sink.

Step 3

Repeat Steps 1 and 2 until hard-water residue is gone.

Step 4

Rinse out the kettle with hot water and wipe the kettle's interior dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.

Things You Will Need

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Soft, lint-free cleaning cloth


  • Clean the kettle with white vinegar on a weekly basis to prevent future buildup of mineral deposits.