How to Clean Your Hard Water Kettle

How to Clean Your Hard Water Kettle

An electric hard water kettle is the most preferred kitchen appliance to use for boiling water at a significantly shorter time compared to using a stove-top kettle. Gradually, electric kettles have become more popular and a large number of people worldwide are using it.

However, there are some downsides to using the kettle. The water used in the kettles should be soft; otherwise, when using hard water in the kettles, limescale will accumulate inside. Limescale build up inside the kettle doesn’t paint a good picture and also, it affects the performance of the kettle. That is why it is recommended that if you are living in areas that hard water is most available, having a hard water kettle to use is ideal.

The problem comes when the minerals from the hard water are deposited at the bottom and sides of the kettle. Not only will it affect the performance of the kettle, but also it will have an effect on the quality of water you get from the kettle. This will lead to complaints on how slow the kettle has become to boil water and that the water from the kettle tasting different. If you experience this problem, don’t rush to take the appliance to be fixed, or throw it away.  You can always establish the problem and solve it. It is essential to clean the electrical kettle more frequently. There are several ways to cleaning your hard water kettle to revive its performance. We are going to discuss some of the ways in this article.

​Lime or Lemon Water

Using lime or lemon water to clean your hard water kettle is one of the best choices there is because the requirements are readily available. Getting a lemon or lime isn’t so hard.

  • Step 1: Take two cups of water and about 30 grams of lime or lemon powder or juice and mix them.
  • ​Step 2: Bring the mixture to boil in the kettle for about 25 minutes.
  • Step 3: Take the mixture out of the kettle and leave it for some time to cool down.
  • Step 4: Wipe the residue from the kettle using a dampened cloth with a small amount of bicarbonate of soda.
  • Step 5: Rinse the kettle several times before the next use.
Clean Kettle ​lime Lemon Water

​After this, the kettle should be very clean and free from the limescale build up.


Vinegar is also a substance that is used in removing limescale from a hard water kettle in the following steps;

  • ​Step 1: Take an equal amount of water and vinegar to mix them inside the kettle.
  • ​Step 2: ​Bring the solution to boil.
  • Step 3: ​Let the solution stay in the kettle for some time before emptying it away.
  • Step 4: ​Rinse the kettle thoroughly with more water to remove the vinegar left in the kettle.
  • Step 5: ​Wipe the inside of the kettle clean and allow it to dry completely.
  • ​Step 6: Once the kettle dries, have water boiled in to ensure complete removal of vinegar traces. Use the water to either wash utensils or pour it into the sink.

​There you will have your hard water kettle clean and ready to be used.

​Achieving Success in Cleaning a Hard Water Kettle

achieving success in cleaning a hard water kettle

​If at all you have tried using the ways above to clean the hard water kettle and yet you find some traces of the residue, you can prepare a stronger mixture and leave it inside the kettle for a long time, usually overnight.

Scrubbing gently with a piece of damp cloth will not tamper with the heating element by removing the special coating that protects it. When washing the kettle, make sure that it is not completely immersed in water to avoid possible damage on the heating element.


​Knowing how to clean your hard water kettle saves you a lot. You can have the kettle serving you for long by providing the required results. Deep cleaning of the kettle should be done at least once a month to avoid too much limescale build-up. A clean kettle performs efficiently and reduces maintenance cost. In addition, the service life is greatly improved since the heating element remains tamper-proof. Using the simple methods discussed can help you to get the best out of your kettle.

About the Author Harry Thompson

Gaining a BSc Honours in building/ property maintenance at the University of Portsmouth Harry went into the field of renovating properties. Along the journey, he has developed a wide variety of home & garden DIY skills such as installing new kitchens and landscaping gardens.