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Cleaning a Braun Electric Kettle

BerkshireTsarina Jan 4, 2009 12:49 PM

We love our Braun electric kettle and it does yeoman duty. But we may be loving it to death. The inside has developed that cruddy whitish substance which I guess is mineral deposits. Or something else from chemistry class. Anyway, does anyone have any suggestions about what to use to clean the inside? TIA.

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    RGC1982 Jan 5, 2009 04:48 PM

    White vinegar. It is what the English really use on their kettles, and it works beautifully every time.

    Just mix about half and half with water, and let it sit for an hour or two or three, whatever seems to do it, depending on the condition, and the crud will dissolve. No need to heat it up. It will not scrub off -- this stuff is hard (minerals) and needs to dissolve. If you have to, do it again. I use this about once every other month, before it gets too thick, and I can clean my Texas hard water minerals off in about fifteen minutes. Buy a larger bottle to do the whole kettle, and just be patient, It dissolves itself. You can try a stronger solution for faster results, but the minerals really need some water to dissolve, so don't use full strength.

    1. Robin Joy Jan 5, 2009 12:49 AM

      Just found this!

      http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-d...

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      1. re: Robin Joy
        BerkshireTsarina Jan 5, 2009 05:28 AM

        Robin, that's AMAZING. All the options. We have a plastic electric kettle, so I think lemon juice or quarters would be the mildest; we'll start with that. And what a treat to have a visit from an English Kitchen Maven! Thanks very much.

      2. Robin Joy Jan 5, 2009 12:46 AM

        Can you not get purpose made de-scaler in the US? Widely available in the UK, it comes as a sachet of liquid or crystals which do the trick in a few minutes.

        1. Joe Blowe Jan 4, 2009 03:38 PM

          Go to your nearest Kosher or Indian grocery, and look for sour salt or citric acid (same thing). Dissolve a couple of tablespoons in your full kettle, bring to a boil, and let sit. Rinse, and repeat if necessary...

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          1. re: Joe Blowe
            BerkshireTsarina Jan 4, 2009 04:00 PM

            Thanks, Joe. Will give it a try. It's too cold to go outside here, with or without vinegar, ds!

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            dscheidt Jan 4, 2009 01:38 PM

            Some mild acid. White vinegar, tartaric acid, citric acid, something like that. Heat will speed it up. If you use vinegar, do it outside!

            1. c oliver Jan 4, 2009 12:55 PM

              I have just a regular stove top kettle that has REAL particulate in it. I'm sure it's because we're on a well. It's the kind of kettle with the little whistler thingy so I can't get down into it. Hopefully those who help you can also help me. I'm guessing I need to boil something in it ?

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