Kettles are an indispensable part of your kitchen appliances. They make your life easy. If you need warm water for a cup of tea or coffee, that may take about 10 to fifteen minutes on the stove. With an electric kettle, all you have to do is to pour some water and press your desired temperature. Within two to three minutes your water is not only warm enough but is ready for any kind of tea or coffee with exact temperature. The controlled temperature of these kettles prevents water from over boiling, preserving the delicate taste and flavors.
Such a useful home appliance definitely demands utmost care especially when it comes to cleaning them. For prolonging its lifespan, you need to prevent any scale buildup inside the kettle. The limescale may form a hard layer inside your kettle which can affect the functionality and efficiency of your kettle. Today’s article is designed to shed some light on the importance of keeping your kettle clean and how to keep your kettle clean. Let’s take a look at limescale and see what it is and how it can affect the performance of your kettle.
What is limescale?
Even clean water contains small particles of minerals like calcium or magnesium that cannot be seen through naked eyes. The situation is worse for those who live in hard water area where the water contains high amounts of mineral deposits. When water is boiled inside the kettle, it evaporates in the form of steam, but these mineral deposits in water do not evaporate and are left in the kettle. Over the period, these mineral traces may form a hard coating around the walls and on the base of kettles which can be a real pain to remove if left untreated.
How can limescale affect your kettle?
The buildup of limescale in the kettle can form a hard coating inside the kettle which is difficult to remove. Not only it looks ugly and unhygienic, but it can also affect the performance of your kettle by taking more time to heat the water. The limescale may also flake off in water, ruining the taste and quality of your drinks. It can shorten the lifespan of your appliance, and ultimately you have to buy a new one. So removing limescale on a regular basis not only increase the lifespan of your kettle but also ensure the optimum quality of your coffee or tea.
How to remove limescale?
We recommend cleaning as soon as you spot a few residues forming inside your kettle to prevent it from getting hard. You can choose a day of the week for the detail cleaning of kettle inside out to keep it in optimum condition. Cleaning limescale is easy if you keep removing the scale weekly without permitting it to form a hard coating that becomes difficult and time-consuming to remove. You can use vinegar, lemon juice, or baking soda for removing the limescale.
Removing the limescale with vinegar
Vinegar can help soften the hard buildup of limescale inside a kettle. Follow the given instructions.
- Pour an equal quantity of water and vinegar in the kettle and make a solution.
- Fill the kettle around half way or three-quarter way with this solution.
- Turn on the kettle and let this solution come to a boil.
- Turn off the kettle and let the solution soak inside the kettle for 20-30 minutes to soften the scale buildup.
- You can leave the solution longer or increase the quantity of vinegar if the buildup is really bad.
- Scrub the inside of kettle with a non-metallic sponge, cloth or a soft brush.
- Rinse thoroughly with the fresh water.
- For removing the smell of vinegar, you can once again fill in the water and let it come to a quick boil and dump it.
- Wipe down the inside of kettle and leave it to dry.
Use of lemon juice to remove the limescale
If you don’t have vinegar or are not very fond of using it for some reason, you can also try the lemon juice. The method is the same more the less.
- Make a solution of water and lemon juice.
- You can also cut up the pieces of lemon and leave them inside the water.
- Fill the kettle with this solution.
- Let it come to a boil.
- Leave it to soften the hard scale inside the kettle.
- Remove the tough traces with a soft scrub or brush.
- Rinse it with fresh water and leave it to dry.
Using lemon juice will give an extra benefit of making your kettle smell like a fresh lemon. However, if you don’t like the smell, you can boil the water and dump it to remove any smell inside.
Use of baking soda for cleaning limescale
Another cleaning option can be baking soda. For cleaning your kettle with baking soda follow these simple steps.
- Mix a teaspoon of baking soda into water.
- Bring this solution to a quick boil.
- Let it rest for about twenty minutes to soften the hard buildup.
- Again you can softly scrub the inside with a sponge or brush with soft bristles for removing any mineral traces.
- Rinse the kettle thoroughly with fresh water and leave it to dry.
- For keeping your kettle in pristine condition, you should clean the outside surface of your kettle too. You can make use of dishwasher detergent to keep it neat and clean. Try not to get any soap mixture inside the kettle. Clean the outside with a damp cloth.
- Do not immerse your kettle inside water.
- If you have a stainless steel kettle, you can keep it nice and shiny by rubbing a few drops of olive oil on its surface. Pour few drops on a cloth and rub the outside of the kettle gently.
- Do not scratch the outside surface.
Thus cleaning your kettle is a simple task especially if you make a routine. If you don’t clean your kettle inside a more hard coating may form inside that is very difficult to remove. This hard coating can slow your kettle and leave a slightly bad taste in your tea or coffee.