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How To Get Rid Of New Kettle Taste

Published by: Chef Matty Riedel • Updated: October 26, 2023

New kettles, just like new cars, have a certain smell and a taste. But unlike new cars, you don’t feel like hanging on to them because it’s not pleasant. There are a few reasons why this happens.

We will look at that and why you should get rid of that taste and how to do it right in this piece. Let’s begin.

Why New Kettles Taste Weird

All kettles have an inner and outer surface. When they are manufactured, a lot of them are coated with different lubricants or chemicals. This is certain for the inner surface but optional for the outer part depending on the manufacturer.

These chemicals are meant to keep the kettles safe while they are still being manufactured. The idea is to make sure that the kettles don’t get rusty when they are still waiting on the shelves for a customer to buy them.

Ideally, there shouldn’t be any more chemicals added to the kettle. So, when you buy them you should get rid of them so that you don’t end up consuming those chemicals or lubricants.

But there are other reasons too.

Sometimes the kettles have not been aired in a long time and the plastic starts to produce that weird smell. Now, not everyone airs the product after buying them. But ideally, you should make it a habit. If you bought a kettle of good quality, the smell will go away.

A teapot could also smell bad because it is made of bad-quality plastic. This is because the manufacturer is trying to bring the overall price down. In the long run, these products might be bad for your health. So, you better go for kettles that are made of food-grade plastic if you have to choose that material.

Kettles are also appliances that are exposed to high temperatures when they are used. So, different types of dyes are used in their manufacture to help them withstand this heat.

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If you bought a cheap kettle, eventually the impurities will spill into the beverage and be bad for your health. That’s also where the weird taste and smell come from.

Now, these symptoms can show up at any point in time. So if it’s not there in the beginning but starts to taste and smell bad after a little while, be that a few weeks or years, it is best to discard that kettle. If you have a warranty, you should look into that option.

If you bought a good kettle but are experiencing a bad taste when you take the kettle out of its box, there are a few things you can do to get rid of it. And you don’t have to worry about the chemicals. Here’s how you do it right.

The Basics: How To Handle New Or Bad Taste From A New Kettle

You need to start by cleaning the appliance thoroughly. Then you must fill it with water and boil it. This water is not for consumption. So, you must get rid of it.

Repeat this two or three times and then your kettle will be ready to be used. If the foul taste and smell continue to exist even after this, you should look at the manual and see if the manufacturer has prescribed any extra steps.

This is something you will have to do with every kettle no matter how good the manufacturer is. 

Sometimes, the manufacturer recommends a few different options. They are:


You can cut three to four lemons and add them to the water in the kettle. Then boil the concoction and leave it in the kettle for the night. In the morning, you should boil it once again and then get rid of that water.

how to get rid of new kettle taste with fresh lemon juice

You might have to do this a few times to get rid of the smell. If it doesn’t happen even after that, contact the manufacturer.


You can also do the same with vinegar. But you should use it with water in the 1:1 ratio. Since it is an acetic compound the smell might be strong when you boil it, especially if the kettle is made of any kind of plastic.

how to get rid of new kettle taste with vinegar

So, keep the windows open plan to do this in the summer.

Baking Soda

And finally, you can take some baking soda and do the same. The ratio is ½ glass of baking soda for 2 liters of water.

how to get rid of new kettle taste with baking soda

You must boil this mix once and let it cool. Then you must get rid of it and rinse the appliance properly with lots of water.

Then you can boil some water and add tea leaves and see what that’s like.

How To Get Rid Of New Kettle Taste: Wrapping Up

There are a lot of chemicals and plastics that might dissolve in the water if you use the kettle without cleaning it.

These are harmful and bad for your health in the short and long run. The smell isn’t a health hazard but the taste is. So, you don’t want to ignore it.

Chef and Restaurant Owner Matty Riedel
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