Find out how to completely clear and descale a kettle?


When you’re a fan of tea or hot water bottles slipped under the sheets in winter, it’s hard to do without a good kettle that can quickly become essential in everyday life! The problem is that like any accessory that receives water, it quickly tends to become covered with tartar. And as if that weren’t enough, you can also quickly find all kinds of stubborn stains and various traces, very common in the kitchen, especially on highly used appliances like this one. The question is therefore how to clean a kettle and how to descale it when limescale has taken up residence there, risking to affect its performance and durability as well as the taste of the sweet beverages that are prepared with its boiling water! Here are the right household products to use to perform this household task to perfection.

How to prevent tartar from forming there?

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To avoid having to use a limescale remover, it is best to take the lead in prevent the formation of limescale deposits. To do this, start by avoiding leaving standing water at the bottom of the electric kettle after use. Otherwise, to avoid scale residue, you can also add a clean oyster or mussel shell to the bottom of the device. This will prevent scaling of the resistors.

How to descale a kettle?

Without preventive action, you will inevitably see whitish deposits forming over time, especially if the water is rich in limestone in your area. In this case, the most economical and ecological solution consists in use white vinegar, a very effective natural anti-limestone in this case. Just fill the kettle with water and vinegar and put it all to boil. Then let it act for at least 30 minutes for maximum efficiency. You can do the same with lemon juice, whose citric acid is also anti-tartar.

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Good to know: Some people also use coca-cola to descale their kettle. However, this method is less natural and the results are not guaranteed! It is therefore better to favor the vinegar directly…

How to clean a plastic kettle

For the interior as well as the exterior, here you can use white vinegar or lemon juice. To avoid gnawing the plastic, it will nevertheless be necessary to dilute them by half! Otherwise, opt for a milder solution like the washing up liquid or clay stone.

How to clean a stainless steel kettle

Sink, appliances, etc. Stainless steel is everywhere and we know the song well: after three days after cleaning, we still find plenty of fingerprints, water stains and whatnot! To keep a kettle shiny, however, you can gently rub it with a crumpled up sheet of newspaper or a solution ofwater with baking soda poured on a sponge. For more ground-in dirt, the clay stone applied in circular motions will work wonders. Finally, remember to deposit a few drops of olive oil on a soft cloth (microfiber cloth type) to polish and shine the stainless steel while removing small fingerprints.

And to clean a copper kettle?

Again, you can recycle a sheet of crumpled up newspaper into an improvised sponge to remove fingerprints. For a bigger cleaning, dilute soda crystals in hot water and use this mixture to clean your kettle. (Use gloves to protect your skin.) After rinsing, your kettle will have regained all of its original shine!

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