How to Clean the Outside of Stainless Steel Tea Kettle

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With a little scrubbing power and the right products, you can clean your stainless steel tea kettle to make it shiny and fresh again.
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Is your tea kettle looking a little dirty and greasy? It's not very appetizing to pour yourself a cup of tea when the water comes from a gunky kettle. With a little scrubbing power and the right products, you can clean your stainless steel tea kettle to make it shiny and fresh again.

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Use Baking Soda or Vinegar

Baking soda and vinegar are two powerful, natural and gentle cleaning tools most people already have at home. Make a paste with baking soda and water to scrub away stuck-on food from your kettle. Give it a few minutes to rest on the kettle before wiping it away with a damp cloth or sponge.

You can also make a paste using vinegar and baking soda. The mixture will fizz at first as the two ingredients react. After the initial reaction, you can apply the paste to the tea kettle.

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Vinegar by itself is an effective cleaner for the tea kettle's exterior. It can sometimes help to remove rust from a stainless steel kettle or to descale the kettle.

Clean With Ammonia

Ammonia is a powerful cleaning tool that can help remove stubborn grease from your tea kettle. Make sure your room is well ventilated when using ammonia since it has strong fumes. Wipe the kettle down with a sponge to apply the ammonia. Rinse off the ammonia once you're done cleaning the kettle.

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Try Oven Cleaner

A commercial oven cleaner is an option for cleaning the exterior only of the tea kettle. Keep it away from the spout or the inside of the kettle. It can be difficult to wash away all of the chemicals and you don't want it near your water supply.

Follow the instructions on the oven cleaner when applying it to your tea kettle. That usually involves putting it on, letting it sit and then wiping it off. Rinse the exterior of the tea kettle well after using the oven cleaner.

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Clean the Inside

It's a good idea to clean the inside of your tea kettle at the same time. Even though you only put water in it, the kettle benefits from occasional cleaning.

Lime juice, vinegar or baking soda works to clean the inside of the kettle. Pour 1 cup of lime juice, baking soda or vinegar inside the kettle. Pour in water to fill the kettle the rest of the way.

Heat the pot to boiling for 10 minutes. Let the water mixture cool for 30 minutes to 1 hour. You can use a soft-bristled brush to scrub the inside of the pot gently if it needs a little extra cleaning. Pour out all of the cleaning mixture and rinse the inside of the kettle well with fresh water.

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Avoid Harsh Tools

Never clean a teapot with harsh and abrasive cleaners that could damage the surface. Steel wool or wire-bristled brushes can scratch your tea kettle's exterior. Bleach can also damage stainless steel.

Clean Stainless Steel Tea Kettles Regularly

Wiping down your tea kettle every day keeps the greasy gunk from building up on the exterior. An easy way to do this is to wipe your tea kettle when you wipe your countertops. You can use a damp cloth dipped in clean water or vinegar to wipe the kettle.

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If you cook something that splatters, wipe the remnants off the teapot immediately while the food is still fresh and loose. If you wait, it becomes hard and stuck onto the kettle, making it much more difficult to remove.

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Shelley Frost combines her love of DIY and writing in her freelance career. She has first-hand experience with tiling, painting, refinishing hardwood floors, installing lighting, roofing and many other home improvement projects. She keeps her DIY skills fresh with regular projects around the house and extensive writing work on the topic.