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Today is Labor Day and it’s a regular holiday here in the Philippines.  That means no work, and lots of time for house work and blogging!   I made use of that free day wisely and was able to accomplish so many things:  cooking our lunch, updating my blog, organizing my office emails (opps, that’s work but I decided to do it while I still have free time) and finally cleaning our electric kettle!

This one was a wedding gift from our friend, Red, and it’s one of our favorite kitchen equipment.   I love having tea at night while AJ needs his hot chocolate fix when he wakes up.   We both prefer using this instead of boiling water from the microwave because we feel that the warmth of the hot water lasts longer when it comes from the electric kettle.   

Cleaning it was a challenge to me at first, and for some time, what I do is just wash the sidewalls of the kettle with a mixture of dishwashing liquid and water, and then rinse it off with lots of water.    I was very careful not to immerse the exposed electric socket (that connects the kettle to the heating pad) in water.

Luckily, I came across a website that shows the proper way of cleaning it, and will also guarantee removal of the calcium deposits that build in the bottom of the kettle.  I just tweaked it a bit.

Here are the easy steps to do it:

1.  You need to unplug the electric kettle and to make sure that there’s no more water inside.

2.  Fill the kettle halfway full with warm water. Add ¼ cup of vinegar to the water and mix well using a wooden spoon.    

3.  Allow the mixture to sit in the kettle for 15 to 20 minutes, then scrub the sidewalls of the electric tea kettle with a scouring pad to remove any remaining debris.

4.  Pour the vinegar water out of the electric tea kettle and rinse thoroughly with cool water. Ensure that all calcium chunks are rinsed from the kettle.

5.  To clean the outer walls of the kettle, just scrub it with a mix of dishwashing liquid and water.  Be very careful not to touch the electrical parts.   

6.  Rinse and allow kettle to dry.

 7. Lastly, fill the kettle with water and heat to a rolling boil. Dump the boiling water out; this will help remove any aftertaste from the cleaning.
Reference:  www.ehow.com