How to Clean your Kettle

A kettle that has just been cleaned and boiled.

We all love a good kettle. Sitting around waiting for it to boil as we prepare our tea or coffee. We all know that sound as it’s comes to boil as you know you’re moments away from your tea or coffee. But over time limestone builds up inside the kettle, causing a change in the taste of the water boiled. It’s also important that you give your appliances a routine clean. How do we do this and make sure our kettle stays in tip-top shape? I’m glad you asked.

Why clean your kettle?

Simple. Limescale.
Limescale is the the grey/greenish chalky deposit that sticks to the sides of kettles over time. It develops because of evaporating hot water – leaving behind this unsightly settlement. This is a problem because too much limescale can prevent your kettle from working properly. As it covers the heating element it prevents your kettle boiling water efficiently. As well, we love to make sure all the appliances in our home are clean. We’ve also written about taking care of your home’s stainless steel appliances. Read more about how to clean your stainless steel appliances here.

Ok let’s get cleaning!


Tools Of The Trade

The tools you will need.

  • Water

  • Vinegar

  • A Dirty Kettle

This kettle cleaning method is natural and environmentally friendly. We’ll stick with water and vinegar.

The steps for cleaning your kettle


  • Empty the kettle of it’s current water

  • Fill it up to about 3 quarters full, half being water and half being vinegar.

  • Turn the kettle on and boil it.

  • Once the kettle has boiled, turn it off and unplug it from the wall.

  • Let the kettle sit with this solution for 60 minutes. This process allows the vinegar to disintegrate the limescale build up.

  • After 60 minutes, pour out the vinegar and water and rinse your kettle a few times to remove all the vinegar.

  • Wipe the inside of the kettle with a clean cloth and then leave the kettle to dry.

  • After the kettle is dry, fill it back up with water and boil it.

  • Discard the water to remove any possible aftertaste left after cleaning.


The humble is one of the most often used but most often forgotten appliances in every home. Used everyday to boil water for coffee, tea, noodles and eggs (yes, you can boil eggs in a kettle!). Over time limescale builds up stopping your kettle boiling at it’s full potential. The limescale can also change the taste of the water. To remove this build-up of limescale, just use water and vinegar and soon enough your kettle will be as clean as new! Don’t forget to finish off your clean kettle with a gentle wipe-down of the outside.