How to descale a kettle naturally?
The kettle, like other small and large appliances that use water, can quickly become calcified and stained with limescale. It is therefore important to descale your kettle thoroughly, as often as possible.
Here are some good tips and tricks to naturally remove traces of limescale and scale in a kettle.
1. Naturally descale a kettle with white vinegar
Of course, when it comes to natural products, white vinegar often comes first for a multitude of tips and tricks.
Here’s how to descale your kettle with vinegar:
- Pour 1/3 cup of white vinegar and 2/3 cup of water into the kettle and run the appliance.
- Bring the water to a boil, leave to act for 1 to 2 minutes, empty the kettle and rinse well to remove all traces and smells of vinegar.
You can use white vinegar to remove limescale from plastic or stainless steel kettles.
2. Vinegar and baking soda for a heavily scaled kettle
If the bottom and inside of your kettle is heavily scaled and stained then baking soda combined with vinegar is a great thing to test against scale and limescale.
- Pour 1/3 of white vinegar into the kettle and add 3 tablespoons of baking soda.
- Then fill the kettle with water, mix and leave the mixture to act for 1 to 2 hours.
- Turn on the kettle and turn it off when the water boils and leave for another 1 hour.
- Empty and run the kettle with water a few times to rinse thoroughly.
If limescale and scale are very stubborn in the bottom of the kettle, you can add a little more vinegar. You can do this anti-scaling trick with stainless steel and plastic kettles.
3. Remove scale from a kettle with lemon juice
A 100% natural grandmother’s remedy to try to remove limescale residues in a kettle is lemon juice.
- Pour 1/2 cup of lemon juice and 3 cups of water into the kettle (adjust according to the size of the kettle).
- Let the water and lemon mixture act for 1 hour and then boil the water.
- Empty the kettle and rinse by running the kettle with water a few times.
As lemon contains citric acid, this thing is really very effective for naturally descaling a kettle, but also for descaling coffee machines.
4. Descale a kettle with citric acid
As you know there is citric acid found naturally in lemon, but you can also use store-bought citric acid to deep clean your kettle.
- Pour 4 cups of water into the kettle, add 2 tablespoons of citric acid and mix well.
- Let the cleaning solution act for 1 to 2 hours depending on the amount of scale and then boil the water.
- Stop the kettle and let it sit for 45 minutes before emptying it and rinsing it a few times with boiling water.
You can use citric acid to descale and remove limescale and rust stains and even to remove burnt grease stains.
- Eliminates lime stains.
- Removes rust stains.
- 100% natural and multi-use product.
Now that you know how to remove limescale stains from a kettle how about finding out how to avoid them:
- Regular cleaning of your kettle: Of course, to avoid the formation of scale in the bottom of the kettle, it must be maintained and cleaned well. You can do the lemon juice trick or the white vinegar trick every 2 weeks.
- A pebble in the bottom of the kettle: A grandmother’s tip that helps prevent tartar is to place a pebble directly in the bottom of her kettle. The pebble will attract and trap the limestone in the water. Remember to take it out and clean it regularly.
- An oyster shell in the kettle: As for the pebble, the oyster shell attracts limestone. Ideal for preventing scale from forming in the bottom of your kettle.