Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Every household has a kettle. Regardless of whether it is a plastic one or a metal one, the kettle is by far the most used appliance found in the kitchen. The regular use on a daily basis can leave it filled with limescale, and not very clean. This limescale can end up chipping off and flowing into your cup of tea or coffee, which is definitely not where it belongs. A build up of limescale in your body is definitely undesirable since it is not good for your health. It is therefore recommended that you clean and descale your kettle on a regular basis.
This article will give you an insight into all the different ways in which this can be done, including many little home remedies, hints and tips that you may never have heard of.
The most common way of descaling your kettle is by using descaling tablets that are sold widely in many different stores. You simply pop them into the kettle, add water according to the instructions and allow the water to boil. This very often does the trick, but you may find that the limescale either does not all disappear, or that it comes back very quickly. This is why many people prefer to use home remedies, some of which will be explained in this article.
The first home remedy involves making up a solution containing equal parts of water and white vinegar. Use this solution to fill the kettle up to the brim and allow it to penetrate and attack the limescale. Do not bring the solution to the boil since the solution will overflow and cause damage to your kettle. After an hour has passed, use a scrubber and give the inside of the kettle a good scrub. Rinse the kettle and you will find yourself staring at a kettle that looks as good as new. If your kettle has A LOT of limescale, you may be required to repeat the process a few more times, but eventually you will find that all the limescale has gone.
Another home remedy involves lemon. Simply cut your lemon into quarters and place them in the kettle. Fill the kettle with water as you would and bring to the boil multiple times. You can choose to use lemon juice as an alternative to pure lemons.
Cola products are not just delicious, but they are great limescale removers too. Simply fill your kettle with any cola product and bring it to the boil. Allow it to stand for half an hour and then rinse your kettle. You will honestly be surprised at the results.
The outside of the kettle is commonly neglected, since it is not affected by limescale. However, that does not mean that it does not get dirty. It is constantly exposed to dirty fingers and fat from cooking. If you have a plastic kettle, simply use some warm water and soap and use a soft cloth or sponge to wipe it clean. Do not use any bleach or harsh chemicals otherwise you will risk damaging the exterior surface of your kettle.
If you have a metal kettle, using soap and warm water will work like a charm. If you wish to add that special little shine to your metal kettle, finish it off by polishing it using a microfiber cloth. This will also remove any water marks and streaks.
The above methods are all very effective when it comes to cleaning kettles, so now you do not have an excuse not to clean yours!