How to Care for an Electric Kettle

An electric kettle is similar to the stove top tea kettles, only the electric version has its own heating base. This makes the kettle portable, a small appliance you can take with you to heat water for soups, coffee and tea. Caring for your electric kettle is easy as long as you handle the kettle carefully by not banging and damaging the heating element within the kettle or in the base. Cleaning an electric kettle is a simple task once you know how to do it correctly.

Washing An Electric Kettle

Caring for an electric kettle is easy.
  1. Turn off your electric kettle and unplug the unit. Allow the kettle to cool down before cleaning.

  2. Clean the outside of the electric kettle and the base with a damp rag. Dry both items with a soft cloth.

  3. Wash the inside of the electric kettle with dish detergent and water. Do not immerse the kettle in dishwater or any liquid.

  4. Dry the inside of the kettle with a dish towel or allow to air dry.

Removing Scale From Inside The Kettle

  1. Fill the electric kettle half way with water and the rest of the way with white vinegar. The combination of water and vinegar works to loosen scale deposits that form on the inside of the kettle.

  2. Heat the kettle to boiling, then turn off and allow to sit for 30 minutes or until kettle has completely cooled.

  3. Dispose of the water and vinegar solution.

  4. Clean the inside of the kettle with a nylon pad to loosen any scale clinging to the inside of the kettle.

  5. Rinse the electric kettle with cool water and dry the inside with a clean cloth.


  • Never heat an empty electric kettle.

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