How to Clean your Camping kettle

A kettle helps you in many ways and saves you in many ways too, but like any appliance, you must clean it correctly and periodically.

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Why should you clean the electric kettle?

While it is true that it is a household appliance that does not get dirty very much since you do not put more than water, it always gets dirty and you have to clean it, if you do not it will be full of lime or tartar which will not work as it should and will consume more energy and little by little it will go spoiling.

 When used only with water, many assume that it is not necessary to clean it, but it is a serious mistake because the layer of lime that is formed is harmful to health.

How to clean the kettle inside?

You can wash this electric kettle in different ways, either with natural or chemical products and in doing so avoid using utensils like spoons to scrape the container because you can damage it and spoil it.

 One way to avoid the appearance of tartar very quickly is that when you finish using your kettle you rinse it a couple of times after each use.

Clean the kettle with vinegar

Use this method only if the kettle is not made of glass.

One way to clean your kettle is with white vinegar, you just have to dilute it in the water on time or a little warm, fill the container and then just let it sit overnight.

 If the layer of lime is not very thick you can also use the same mixture of water/vinegar and then let it sit refrigerated overnight.

Clean the kettle with baking

If the kettle is made of glass, use baking soda to clean it, place 2 teaspoons of baking soda per cup of water, boil the mixture and then rinse the kettle with enough water, so that all the baking soda is out.

Clean the kettle with lemon

Another natural way to remove tartar from the kettle is with lemon, just use the juice of about 5 or 6 lemons in about 2 cups of water, place the mixture inside the kettle and let it boil. Then allow the liquid to cool to room temperature. When it is already at room temperature, empty it and rinse it with plenty of water.

If there is still a small layer of lime, boil the peels of the lemon that you used a couple of times, leaving it to cool and then rinse.

 Another way is to add the juice of a lemon to the system filled with water, once it gets hot to let the mixture act for an hour, after the time, empty its contents, refill the system with clean water, boil it and pour it again.

Clean the kettle with baking soda and lemon

You can mix in 1 liter of water about 2 teaspoons of baking soda with the juice of a lemon, then boil the mixture. When boiled rinse with plenty of water until you see that the layer of lime has disappeared.

Clean the kettle with vinegar and baking soda

Fill the container to ¾ parts of water, pour a stream of white vinegar and add a tablespoon of baking soda. Leave it like this throughout the night and the next day empty the contents, clean it with a sponge or soft cloth, fill it with water again, boil it and empty it after boiling.

Clean the kettle with citric acid for severe cases

Note: to handle citric acid it is important that you wear gloves.

In the most severe cases, you can use citric acid, which you can buy at pharmacies and/or natural products stores. Just 25 grams of citric acid diluted in half a liter of water. Place the mixture inside the kettle and let it work throughout the night. Pour the contents the next day, and using a clean cloth or sponge you can clean your interior very carefully. Then boil water and empty it again.

Clean the kettle with decalcifying tablets

You can also use these decalcifying tablets to clean and remove the lime from your kettle, in this way you extend the life of your kettle.

Clean the kettle with Simple Green

If after trying the different methods described above you do not get the expected results, you can use Simple Green, a product that does not produce odors or flavors and that works very well.

  • 1Moisten the surface by wetting a sponge or clean rag, this helps Simple Green act effectively.
  • 2Apply Simple Green and let it act for a minute or a minute and a half to work well.
  • 3Rub with a soft dry cloth to clean all scale or lime on the container wall.
  • 4Rinse the container with plenty of water and then wipe it with a clean, dry cloth or a microfiber sponge to remove any dirt that may have remained.
  • 5Dry completely with another microfiber sponge to polish and leave the container as new.

How much Simple Green should you use? If it is the cleaning that you will do to the kettle after each use or to remove dust and fingerprints on the surface, dilute about 28g of Simple Green in 4 glasses of water. The remainder you can save it for later uses.

If you have a speck of very severe dirt, use Simple Green undiluted, but you will rarely use Simple Green without diluting if you do the above methods.

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All these forms are very useful to learn how to clean a kettle, either with lemon, baking soda, vinegar or Simple Green, the important thing is to do it periodically, preferably after each use and so decalcify the kettle before that it is a severe problem.

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