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How To Descale A Kettle: 3 Easy Tricks To Remove Limescale And Leave Your Kettle Looking As Good As New

Date December 5, 2019 18:24

Have you ever needed to descale a kettle? We're referring to getting rid of that pale white-ish stuff residue that is often found in kettles. It's not really a nice idea to leave that stuff in there but have you ever wondered what causes them?

According to Haguequalitywater, the limescale found in kettles is caused by minerals such as calcium and magnesium which are found in hard water. When you constantly use your kettle to boil water, the limescale can accumulate, leaving unsightly marks in the kettle.

You probably assume removing limescale will be a really tedious process but it turns out that you actually have more options than you might expect.

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How to clean kettle limescale - 3 easy methods

Depending on what you have around, you can use any of these three options to clean your kettle.

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1. How to descale a kettle with vinegar.

  • First, fill your kettle with a mixture of water and white vinegar (equal parts). Let this soak for an hour.
  • The next step is to boil your kettle.
  • When the water boils, unplug or take it off the stove, leave to settle for another 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Throw the water away and rinse the kettle properly.

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2. How to descale a kettle with baking soda

  • Fill your kettle with water and mix in about a teaspoon of baking soda.
  • Bring the kettle to boil.
  • Let it soak for an additional 20 minutes.
  • Pour out the solution and rinse with cold water.

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3. How to descale a kettle with lemon

  • Mix about 30ml of lemon juice with 500 ml of water then pour that into the kettle.
  • Leave the mixture to soak for an hour before you bring to boil.
  • Pour out the mixture.
  • Rinse kettle thoroughly then pour in some more water to boil.
  • Rinse off again until you get rid of the lemon scent.

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Is limescale bad for you?

According to Harveywatersoftners, limescale will not necessarily cause you harm.

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Even though kidney stones have been known to occur when there's a buildup of such substances as calcium and ammonia in the body, there has been no research linking drinking hard water and an increase in the risk of kidney stones.

Can you prevent kettle limescale?

One video shared by DIYr on YouTube claims that all you have to do to prevent limescale is to empty your kettle as soon as you're done boiling your water and leaving it open to air out.

This hasn't been proven to be an effective way to prevent limescale from building up but it's worth trying.

Whether or not this works for you, it's still a good idea to keep these three descaling tricks handy. As you can see, you probably have at least one of these ingredients at home so you can get to descaling right now if you want.

Let us know which of these options has worked the best for you.


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