How can oil and food splatter be cleaned off from a shiny tea kettle?

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I have a stainless steel shiny tea kettle that is on the kitchen stove all the time. Whether frying, cooking, or anything else that splatters will wind up on the tea kettle.


How can the oil and food splatter, which also creates brown marks on the bottom of the kettle, be removed and get its sparkle back?


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  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Nov 30, 2021

    Hi Joanna,

    Make a thick paste of baking soda and water, apply it to your tea kettle and gently rub with a dish cloth to remove. Rinse with tap water and wipe dry with a microfiber cloth to prevent water spots.

    Have you considered removing your tea kettle when you are cooking to prevent splatters?

  • FrugalFamilyTimes.com FrugalFamilyTimes.com on Nov 30, 2021

    We have the same problem! A good cleaning with hot soapy water has always done the trick for us. Nothing too gritty - or you’ll risk losing the shine. :)

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Nov 30, 2021

    Here is some info Joanna,

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/242209286180011055/


    Baking soda will not scratch your tea kettle and is a simple way to clean it as well. I would remove the kettle when cooking then once you clean off your stove, put your shiny kettle back on the stove!

  • Tuula - Color Me Thrifty Tuula - Color Me Thrifty on Nov 30, 2021

    I've been able to clean my kettle with just hot soapy water using Dawn.

  • Janice Janice on Nov 30, 2021

    Hot soapy water (I use Dawn) will quickly clean the oil, etc. from the surface of the teakettle. For the bottom, I use a paste of baking soda, water, and a tiny bit of Dawn to scrub the dark spots away, then rinse and dry.

  • Betsy Betsy on Nov 30, 2021

    Hi Joanna: This is what I do to mine. I make a paste of baking soda and water to scrub away stuck-on food gently. I let it a sit on the kettle a few minutes before wiping it away with a damp cloth or sponge. Then rinse with cool water and dry. Sometimes I make a paste of vinegar and baking soda. The mixture will fizz at first as the two ingredients react. After it stops fizzing, apply the paste to the tea kettle, wipe gently, rinse and dry.


    I also clean the inside of my tea kettle at the same time. Even though you only put water in it, the kettle benefits from occasional cleaning.

    I use vinegar to clean the inside of the kettle. Pour 1 cup of vinegar inside the kettle and pour in enugh water to fill the kettle. Then, heat to boiling and let boil for about 10 minutes. If you have a whistling tea kettle, prop the top open, it can get annoying! :) Let the water mixture cool for about an hour. Pour out all of the cleaning mixture and rinse the inside of the kettle well with fresh water. If you feel that you need to scrub the insides, stick in a couple of paper towels and wipe down. If you have a whistling tea kettle, stick the paper towels in the hole, put in about 1/2 cup of water and swirl the whole thing around to scrub the insides. Then, pour out the water and pull out the paper towels. Rinse well a couple of times.


    Good luck

  • Maura White Maura White on Nov 30, 2021

    Try lemon essential oil - it cuts through grease like crazy!

  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 30, 2021

    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.

    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.


    • Joanna Joanna on Nov 30, 2021

      thank you for your tip. How much does this formula cost?

  • Dee Dee on Nov 30, 2021

    Do not use a magic eraser as it will scratch the tea kettle. Use Dawn platinum and HOT water. Clean with a soft sponge or a microfiber cloth. Rinse well.


  • Annie Annie on Nov 30, 2021

    Have you tried with just dish soap and hot water? That's how we clean ours.

    • Joanna Joanna on Nov 30, 2021

      Yes, I have, but it doesn;t work on the brown spots on the tea kettle.

  • Annie Annie on Nov 30, 2021

    Also that stainless steel cleaner they sell to use on your appliances should work?

    • Joanna Joanna on Nov 30, 2021

      Do you mean the stuff that is used on appliances to make them shine?

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Nov 30, 2021

    A food safe degreaser to remove the oils. Next clean with warm soapy water (blue dawn is my choice) and soft cloth. IF that doesn't do the trick, try a paste of baking soda with a couple of drops of water to buff.

    For future prevention, I would move the kettle out of the splatter zone. What a pain this type of issue must be. UGH

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    • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Dec 01, 2021

      I would put it away IF my husband ever cooked (once I picked myself up off the floor). Reheating in a microwave is the extent of his skills.


  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Nov 30, 2021

    Use a degreaser

    • Joanna Joanna on Nov 30, 2021

      Do you mean one of those spray bottles, like Formula 409 or Lysol Cleaner for grease?

  • I use a paste of baking soda and water.

  • I’d try TSP substitute powder in a spray bottle mixed with water and spray it on. It should wipe off with ease.

  • Just simply clean it with soapy water or dawn dish soap to maintain its shine.

    • Joanna Joanna on Dec 01, 2021

      Thank you for your suggestion. I've already tried this suggestion. The grime is too thick to be removed.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Dec 03, 2021

    1. Splash a bit of vinegar in the tea kettle.
    2. Clean the area using a non-abrasive sponge.
    3. Rinse and dry the cookware.


    • Joanna Joanna on Dec 03, 2021

      thank you for your suggestion. Is vinegar Ok to use on the outside of the kettle.

  • Annie Annie on Dec 05, 2021

    I would try some CLR

  • Annie Annie on Dec 05, 2021

    Joanna, it is a commercial product that removes Calcium, Lime, Rust (CLR). But works on lots of other things too.