Tips&TricksKeep your kettle clean and your tea tasty with this no-hassle, natural limescale remover

Keep your kettle clean and your tea tasty with this no‑hassle, natural limescale remover

Thanks to this, I always have a clean electric kettle.
Thanks to this, I always have a clean electric kettle.
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7:42 PM EST, December 16, 2023

It's challenging to imagine our daily routines without a kettle, frequently used several times a day. Boiling water is one essential function of the kettle, but routine cleaning is equally crucial. Regular cleaning helps to reduce the amount of sediment and may even prevent it from forming. However, not many people have the know-how on effective kettle descaling.

How can we descale a kettle?

The primary cause of limescale in the kettle is hard water, especially from the tap. When heated in the kettle, the magnesium and calcium ions in hard water precipitate and collect on the kettle's inner walls. This accumulation forms a white crust which can be difficult to remove. While some attempt to scrub the kettle manually with unsatisfactory results, others opt for store-bought descalers. These products, however, may emit a strong odor that could be overwhelming.

Both methods tend to yield subpar results. Cleaning the kettle after using these products can be a daunting task. Eliminating their telltale smell is difficult and, worse still, the beverages made subsequently can retain a distinct chemical aftertaste. For these reasons, many people prefer cleaning their kettle using homemade, safe, and natural alternatives. Vinegar is a frequent choice as it effectively removes limescale. However, its use can result in an unpleasant lingering scent.

What is an effective way to remove limescale from a kettle?

There's no need to struggle or get frustrated. A better solution is using baking soda which possesses potent cleaning and disinfecting capabilities. Using only 4 tablespoons in approximately 1.6 quarts of water can do wonders. After stirring the mixture in the kettle, let it sit for an hour, during which the mixture swiftly eliminates the limescale from the bottom and walls. There's no need for additional cleaning agents. The baking soda does the job, and it's cost-effective. Afterward, remember to rinse the kettle thoroughly, and it will appear brand new. More on hard water's contribution to kettle limescale is available from Instagram user @wzdrowymdomu.

It's recommended to use baking soda twice per month to prevent limescale buildup in the kettle. This cleaning method is hassle-free, time-efficient, and cost-effective. It's a straightforward remedy that does all the work. Additionally, opting for filtered water when boiling can significantly reduce limescale accumulation. As filtered water lacks calcium particles or impurities, our coffee or tea turns out to be much tastier.

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