LifestyleAvoid emptying your boiled kettle completely and learn how to descale it

Avoid emptying your boiled kettle completely and learn how to descale it

Here's what will happen to your kettle if you use all the boiled water.
Here's what will happen to your kettle if you use all the boiled water.
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12:12 PM EST, November 9, 2023

Many of us only fill the kettle with the necessary amount of water, using every last drop in a bid to save water and electricity. However, this approach may not be as beneficial as it seems, neither for you nor the environment.

As the weather chills during fall and winter, we love to warm ourselves up from the inside. There's nothing quite like sitting on the couch on a cold evening, a mug of hot tea at hand. But before you can settle in, you first must boil water for the warm brew.

You're likely aware that sediment builds up at the bottom of the kettle and in leftover water, resulting in calcification. While mainly made up of harmless calcium and magnesium compounds, it may even offer some health benefits. Still, it's not advisable to use all the boiled water down to the last drop. Completely emptying the kettle could harm the device itself.

Why shouldn't you use all the boiled water in a kettle?

Draining all the hot water from an electric kettle can lead to its rapid breakdown. The heating element staying intensely hot for too long increases the risk of damage.

The distinctive hissing sound heard when the last bit of boiling water evaporates is a sign it's time to stop. It's better to avoid this phase as it can damage the heating element. Thus, it's always wise to leave a little water to cool naturally. From an ecological perspective, pour it out only after the temperature significantly drops. The best time to fully empty the kettle is after the water has cooled.

What's the best way to descale a kettle?

It's important to descale your kettle regularly. While the sediment is not harmful to humans, it can damage the device and cause excessive electricity consumption. Both commercial descaling products and home remedies can be equally effective in removing the scales.

One commonly used method is to boil a mixture of vinegar and water and then let it sit in the kettle for an hour. Afterward, rinse the kettle thoroughly and boil clean water in it at least once.

Alternatively, you can pour lemon juice into the kettle and let it sit for about an hour. Flush the kettle with cold water afterward and boil clean water in it at least once more. It's also crucial to read the user manual before using the kettle for the first time, and always adhere to the manufacturer's guidelines. Electric kettles are relatively inexpensive, which makes us likely to overlook their proper maintenance. Changing this habit can save money and reduce waste.

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