Home tips: how to clean an electric kettle?
Notice to tea and coffee lovers, a scaled-up kettle is far from healthy. Not only can it alter the taste of your favorite drinks, but in the long run, it can cause you health problems. Limestone in the kettle is very common, that’s why cleaning must be done regularly, but not just anyhow. A quick, superficial rinse will surely not remove all of these deposits. Even some commercial products may not bring great results. On the other hand, your pantry contains natural ingredients with unsuspected anti-limescale potential. How to make your own homemade descalers without spending a penny? It’s this way !
Eliminate limescale and tartar with lemon
This method is super effective and even probably the most popular for disinfecting your kettle. And for good reason, thanks to its acidity, lemon is both whitening, stain remover and anti-tartar. All the sediment will evaporate and, as a bonus, the citrus will leave a delicate fresh and lemony scent.
Here’s how to apply it:
- Cut a lemon into slices, do not peel it.
- Then throw them in the electric kettle, which you will have previously filled halfway with fresh water.
- Turn on the device and boil everything.
- Then pour the contents into the sink and rinse the kettle. Now admire the result!
Repeat this trick regularly to always keep your kettle in good condition.
Cleaning an electric kettle with potato peels
Big revelation of the day: you would never have imagined that potato peelings would have a descaling power…and yet! They fight easily against grease and all kinds of encrustations (tartar, rust, etc.). This is an excellent way to naturally remove the lime scale in your kettle.
- Boil water in the kettle and add the potato peelings.
- Leave them like this for 2 or 3 hours. Then rinse the device thoroughly. The effect will surprise you, you won’t be able to do without it!
Aspirin tablets to descale the kettle
In addition to relieving headaches, aspirin proves to be an ally of choice for descaling kettles. Here’s how to find a device like new:
- Fill your cooking utensil three-quarters full with water.
- Add an aspirin tablet to the water.
- Wait until the tablet completely dissolves in water.
- Boil the mixture for at least 2 minutes.
- Unplug your kettle and let the mixture cool for a good ten minutes.
- Empty your device in the sink and rinse it several times with clean water to remove all remaining residue!
Descaling a kettle with baking soda
All-terrain and multipurpose, this white powder with a thousand virtues will never cease to amaze you. Antibacterial, descaling, anti-limescale, whitening, deodorizing… We don’t even count the cleaning benefits of baking soda. Your kettle will literally get a makeover!
- Pour two tablespoons of the product into the kettle.
- Let steep for several minutes.
It is a very fast and effective method. Bicarbonate even has the advantage of reaching the most difficult to reach corners. The only drawback is that you have to rinse the kettle several times to completely remove the product residue.
Disinfect a kettle with white vinegar
Along the same lines as baking soda, white vinegar is also one of the most popular natural cleaning and disinfecting products. Of these limescale deposits in your kettle, he will have no mercy!
How to apply this descaling method?
- Dilute the vinegar with water in a half-half ratio.
- Bring to the boil and leave to act for about 1 hour. However, it is necessary to boil the water several times to get rid of the characteristic acetic smell of vinegar.
This method is ideal when the kettle is really dirty and overgrown with limescale. It works very well on glass models, where the deposits are much more visible.
How to clean your kettle with Coca-Cola?
Another surprise: did you know that Coke is also an outstanding descaler thanks to its acidity? Yes, the idea may sound strange, but it is a proven solution. And the application is very simple:
- Pour a glass of Coca-Cola in the bottom of the kettle. Leave to act for a few hours. Then scrub with a soft brush. And proceed to rinsing.
- For best results, feel free to add a little baking soda.
Oyster shells to remove scale from the kettle
Oyster shells, in addition to their culinary use appreciated by many gourmets, also offer a natural solution to get rid of stubborn limestone in kettles. So, to properly maintain your device in an eco-friendly and inexpensive way, we show what to do!
- Open the tap and fill your kettle with 1 liter of water.
- Grab a clean oyster shell or two and slip them in.
- Turn on your device.
- Then turn it off and let it sit for a while.
- Dump it all down the sink.
- And finally, rinse thoroughly with clean water.
The limestone will stick to the oyster shells and you will find a very clean and sparkling kettle!
Descaling the kettle with citric acid
Finally, to remove traces of limescale, you can also rely on the descaling and disinfecting power of citric acid.
Here is the method to follow:
- Pour 5 teaspoons of the product into the kettle full of water.
- Bring it to a boil. For best results, you can leave this solution on overnight. The next day, pour out the contents and rinse the kettle at least 2-3 times.
Note: Citric acid is a very valuable addition for descaling steel kettles, but it will work on other models as well.
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