Descaling a kettle, you may wonder how it is possible. Kettles do not have scales to be removed.
Thankfully, a kettle does not need scales to be descaled, for today we are referring to the limescale caused by hard water! Water and scales, it may still sound rather fishy, rest assured that it is anything but; once you get the kettle clean again, anyway!
Limescale appears over time and use of the appliance, and as such is a reality for most kettle owners at some point.
So, take a look inside your kettle. If you see some white residue lingering within, then you need to descale the kettle. In fact, you likely knew that before heading to this article! We’ll present a few options in ensuring your kettle is clean of limescale and ready to be used!
Before we discuss the removal of limescale, let’s just address the prevention of limescale quickly
1 – Follow the below guide once a month, helping keep any limescale at bay.
2 – Some kettles come with a limescale filter. Consider this for future kitchen appliance makeovers!
3 – Purchase a water filter, which helps remove hard water, the cause of limescale.
4 – You can acquire a descale ball, which goes inside the kettle.
As with all things, especially kitchen related, keep your appliances and surfaces clean. This includes the descaling products, should you get them!
Natural Limescale Removers
Cleaning a kettle, or descaling one, does not take long. Other than the required ingredients, it is usually as simple as filling it up and letting it pull a full cycle in, cold to boiling. To get started, simply:
1 – Fill your kettle, ideally 3 quarters ( ¾ ) full, add in a lemon for good measure. No fruit? Step 2!
2 – OR fill the kettle 3 quarters ( ¾ ) of the way again, but this time with half water and half white vinegar.
3 – Let your kettle sit for an hour or longer before moving to step 4
4 – Boil the kettle, if using lemon repeat this step in total three times (once for vinegar)
5 – Once the kettle has cooled, rinse the inside multiple times
6 – Boil once again with just water, to help remove any lingering tastes from the descaling
If you have neither lemon nor white vinegar, try some baking soda, a few spoons full ought to do the trick!
We would recommend using the above method; however, you can pick up kettle cleaner at most stores.
Kettle Cleaning Products
1 – Follow the instructions on the packet for inserting the product into the kettle
2 – Boil the kettle
3 – The product will start purging the limescale, so leave it for the allotted time on the packet
4 – Rinse your kettle thoroughly!
There you have it. A good as new kettle, on the inside at least! Give your kettle’s exterior a clean with antibacterial surface wipes, and you’d probably forget you had the kettle for a year already!
Just because you have a shiny good-as-new kettle does not mean you should go using it on an early morning start. I know the temptation to boil away the frost on your windscreen is encumbering, especially if you leave the house not realising that you’re probably going to be late. But boiling water does not mix well with frozen over glass. It can leave to damage we at Spring Plans LTD cannot help with!