Descale your kettle to make it last

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Keep your kettle limescale free to prevent white flakes from entering your boiled water.

If you were stranded on an island and could choose one kitchen essential to be stranded with, what would it be? Okay, so since we don’t know if there is electricity on that island – we would suggest a kettle (and if there is electricity, we’d still choose the kettle). Rub two sticks together, start a fire, and set your water to boil. If you find some coffee beans and tomatoes, just like that you have your caffeine fix and tomato soup.

Indeed, kettles are often overlooked. Whether you have a good old-fashioned whistling kettle or an electric kettle, in today’s world a kettle is there to steep our tea, brew our coffee, and even cook our instant soups and couscous. But how do we care for our kettles? Deep, at the bottom of that kettle lurks limescale … eww! How do we remove it?

Well, before we get to the limescale removal, here’s a bit of advice; to slow the buildup of mineral deposits, try to avoid leaving water sitting in the kettle. If you have water left over after you made your morning coffee, pour it out. To prevent or at least slow down the buildup of yucky mineral deposits in your kettle, you should also consider using a limescale catcher. And, try to clean your kettle at least once a month.

Now back to that pesky limescale. There are a few ways you can clean the kettle.

You can use vinegar. Fill the kettle half full with an equal part solution of water and vinegar and let this soak for an hour. Once the hour is up, bring the solution to a boil. Then, empty the kettle and rinse it thoroughly.

You can use lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda. Fill the kettle with water, some lemon wedges and a tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda and let boil. Empty the kettle and rinse.

You can use denture tablets. Denture tablets? Really? Yep, there are people who swear by denture tablets to clean their kettles (sorry we haven’t tried this one), but if you are looking for a product specifically for cleaning your kettle, we recommend Durgol Multi-purpose Decalcifier. This is a food-safe and environmentally-friendly product that makes light work of removing lime buildup from kettles (and from shower heads too!)

Well, a clean kettle calls for a nice cup of tea. Enjoy!

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