I have once melted my metal kettle. I simply forgot about it, while it was on the stove. I got distracted and the next thing I know – the song Metal Meltdown, by Judas Priest comes in to mind. After the incident I have purchased myself and electric, plastic kettle, which turns itself off once it is heated. Here I will tell you how to clean electric kettle.
Ok, so safety first, as cleaners in London say, begin by unplugging the kettle from the power grid. Attempting to wash the kettle while it is still plugged in can end up with electrocution, short circuiting and god knows what else.
Remove all water from the kettle, open up the top and allow it to cool down if it is hot. If you have a metal kettle instead, adding cold water to a hot kettle can damage it, causing the metal to wrap. This will not be noticeable at first but some minor cracks may appear. Do not do it.
Since it is an electric appliance, which uses water, checking for any damage from wear is a good idea. After all you don’t want to get shocked at some point. There are countless home incidents including electric appliances every year.
The vinegar is the main tool in cleaning the kettle. I use it all the time and it has never cheated on me. Will the kettle about half, with white vinegar, then fill the other half with water and mix them both up. Cleaning services then advise to leave it like that for up to 30 minutes. The vinegar, like and acid, will dissolve any hard water residuals on the walls of the kettle and set them on the bottom of it. They will be like dust, and will only require rinsing.
A piece of advice here – any remaining residuals can be washed away, since they will be softened up, by mild liquid soap and some warm water, but do not use washing powders or any scrubbing sponges. This can leave scratches, especially on the metal kettles.
Cleaners in London would like you to focus on the bottom of the kettle, the outside, where the wires and connections are. Make sure they are all dry before using the kettle again. This one is for safety purposes. You may wash the outside of the kettle with vinegar, again, making sure you do not scratch anything. This should be pretty simple since usually there are no hard residuals there.