What About Electric Kettles?
Using an electric kettle draws me one inch ahead to being British, but we’ll never have the electricity they do because American outlets only output 110 volts, and European outlets are 220 volts.
As someone who would survive the day without at least one cup of coffee (probably two, if I’m being completely honest), having an electric kettle has encouraged me to drink more tea.
And not just teas that I already know I enjoy, but also teas of various blends and origins. I occasionally consume upscale instant ramen, the type that comes in $4 plastic bowls with Japanese-language instructions.
Having an electric kettle has made instant ramen even quicker, which is extremely important to me. Does it not appeal to you?
Additionally, instant oatmeal can be prepared in half the time it would normally require to boil water. Yes, you could use a microwave, but if you don’t already have one, this is a fantastic addition to your kitchen.
I’m not a huge fan of cereals, but it seems like something that oatmeal lovers would enjoy.
What Electric Kettle To Buy
The vast majority of kettles on Amazon are utilitarian, silver, and bulky, as evidenced by a page-by-page search.
My electric kettle is simple. It has temperature control and a “Keep Warm” function, but what I care about most is an on/off switch, and this one has not failed me yet.
If you value appliances that complement your décor, you will find that some kettles are just as aesthetically pleasing as teapots, so you can feel good about having them on your counter.
This one from Bella is made of ceramic and features a variety of patterns, including floral, marble, and chevron.
Then there are kettles with gooseneck handles. Gooseneck kettles are not merely designed this way for aesthetic purposes.
The long handle allows for more precise control over the flow of water from the spout. This one has a dial temperature control with a range of 105°F to 212°F, allowing for complete customization.
While it may appear that all you need for French press coffee in the morning is boiling water, many coffees thrive with the ideal water temperature.
Electric kettles are a space-consuming appliance, but if you drink a lot of hot beverages or eat a lot of oatmeal, you will find them to be incredibly useful. It is not merely a bunch of hot air.
How Often Must an Electric Kettle Be Cleaned?
The regularity of cleaning will rely on how frequently the kettle is used. At least once per week, the exterior should be wiped down to remove smudges and splatters.
If used daily to heat water, the kettle should be descaled at least four times per year to remove hard water minerals.
If the kettle has a water filter or cartridge, it should be cleaned every other month or as the manufacturer specifies.
How to Maintain Your Electric Kettle’s Cleanliness
Never allow water to stagnate in a kettle. Learn to only heat the amount of water you anticipate requiring for each use.
Always empty the kettle of all water after each use. (Water plants or clean the sink with the remaining water.)
Utilize distilled water as opposed to tap water. This is essential if you live in a region with hard water or use a natural well as your water source.
7 Steps To Clean Your Electric Kettle
1. Remove Scale From the Kettle With Vinegar
Fill the kettle approximately halfway with a 1:1 mixture of water and white vinegar. The solution should be brought to a full boil.
Turn off the kettle if it does not automatically shut off.
Give the vinegar solution at least 20 minutes to sit. Throw away the cleaning agent.
2. Remove Scale From the Kettle with Lemon Juice or Citric Acid Talc
You can replace the white vinegar with freshly squeezed or bottled lemon juice or citric acid powder.
Bring to a boil a 1:1 solution of lemon juice and water or two tablespoons of citric acid powder dissolved in a half-full kettle of water.
Allow the solution to rest for at least twenty minutes before discarding.
3. Disconnect and take apart the Kettle
Before continuing to clean, unplug the cooled kettle. Remove the water filter before cleaning the interior of the kettle if it has one.
4. Replace or clean the Water Filter
If your model includes a water filter or cartridge, clean the filter according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
The majority of filters are made of metal and can be cleaned by soaking for at least five minutes in a solution of hot water and white vinegar.
Scrub the bottle with a bottle brush, then rinse with clean water.
5. Cleaning the Interior of the Kettle with Soap and Water
To clean the interior of the kettle, scrape it with a sponge that is not harsh or a bottle brush with soft bristles.
Any remaining mineral buildup will become easier to remove as a result of this.
Pay particular attention to the areas around the spout, which can have a significant amount of mineral buildup.
If there is buildup around the spout, dipping the brush or sponge in pure vinegar could be helpful in removing it.
6. The exterior of the Kettle Should Be Cleaned
In order to remove any smudges or splatters from the exterior of the kettle, use a non-abrasive sponge dipped in a solution consisting of warm water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid.
Wipe the solution over the exterior of the kettle. If there are stains that are difficult to remove, dunk the wet sponge in some dry baking soda.
Baking soda has a little abrasive quality, which will come in handy for cleaning up the mess.
When you are through cleaning the exterior of the kettle, use a microfiber towel to dry it so that there are no streaks.
7. Put the kettle back together and give it a last rinse
When you are through cleaning the kettle, put any components back together and then add water until it is about half full to give it a last rinse.
Connect it to a power source and bring the water to a rolling boil. Put the water in the trash.
One more “rinse cycle” should be performed in order to guarantee that the cleaning solution and any loose minerals have been removed completely.