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We all love a black kettle as it can be a stylish and functional addition to your kitchen. However, like any kitchen appliance, it does require some regular cleaning and maintenance to keep it in top condition and looking impressive, so let’s take a look at how to clean a black kettle.

Over time, mineral deposits from water, stains, and residues can build up inside and outside the kettle, affecting both its performance and appearance. This step-by-step guide ensures it not only continues looking sleek but also functions optimally.

Materials You’ll Need:

  • White vinegar or lemon juice
  • Water
  • Soft cloth or sponge
  • Baking soda (optional)
  • Toothbrush (optional)

The 10 Simple Steps to Clean Your Black Kettle

Step 1: Safety first

Before you start cleaning your black kettle, make sure it is unplugged and removed from the heating base, and let it cool down completely. Being an ex-electrician myself, you don’t want to get a nasty shock!

Step 2: Empty and rinse

Start by emptying any remaining water from the kettle and give it a quick rinse with plain water to remove any loose debris or residue.

Step 3: Prepare the cleaning solution

You have two effective options for creating a cleaning solution for your black kettle:

Option 1: Vinegar solution

  • Fill the kettle with equal parts water and white vinegar, enough to cover the bottom.
  • If your kettle has stubborn stains or limescale buildup, you can add a couple of tablespoons of baking soda to the solution. This will help break down mineral deposits.

Option 2: Lemon juice solution

  • Alternatively, you can use lemon juice instead of vinegar, following the same proportions. Lemon juice not only helps clean but also leaves a fresh, citrusy scent which I always like.

Step 4: Boil the solution

Plug the kettle back in and boil the vinegar or lemon juice solution.

Step 5: Let it sit

After boiling, turn off the kettle and let the solution sit inside for about 15-20 minutes. This gives the acid time to break down any mineral deposits or stains.

Step 6: Scrub (if necessary)

If you notice stubborn any stains or residue left inside, you can use a soft cloth or sponge to gently scrub the interior of the kettle. For those hard-to-reach areas, a toothbrush can be handy but just try to avoid scratching the kettle’s surface.

Step 7: Rinse thoroughly

Empty the vinegar or lemon juice solution from the kettle and rinse it thoroughly with clean water multiple times. This step is crucial to remove any residual taste or odour from the cleaning solution.

Step 8: Dry completely

Allow the kettle to air dry completely before plugging it back in or using it. Ensure there is no moisture left inside or outside the kettle to avoid any of those nasty electrical shocks.

Step 9: Exterior cleaning

To clean the exterior of your black kettle, simply wipe it down with a damp cloth (ideally filtered water to reduce the hard water/limescale marks). Avoid using abrasive or harsh cleaners as this could damage the finish and for the stubborn spots, you can use a mild dish soap diluted in water.

Step 10: Regular maintenance

To prevent future buildup, consider descaling your kettle regularly, especially if you live in an area with hard water. You can use a commercial descaling solution or repeat the vinegar or lemon juice boil-and-soak method approximately once a month.

Final Thoughts on How to Clean a Black Kettle

I hope that helps keep your kettle looking spick and span as at the end of the day, that’s why we bought our stylish black kettles to begin with!

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