From time to time, in any water heater we find a treasure of minerals, namely deposits of magnesium and potassium salts from hard water. And if we always try to prevent its occurrence in the dishwasher and washing machine, then what can we say about the scale in the kettle, which not only affects its performance and leads to breakdowns, but also damages the health of the household.
We have collected 5 of the most effective and affordable at home ways to clean the kettle from scale. In fact, the secret of all folk remedies is very simple:
- Scale in a kettle or kettle is afraid of organic and inorganic acids, so almost all methods of descaling at home are based on the use of acidic solutions.
Method 1. How to clean the electric kettle from the scale with vinegar
Manufacturers of electric kettles do not advise using vinegar to remove mineral deposits - after all, it is too aggressive. But sometimes without this powerful tool can not do.
The method is suitable for: plastic, glass and metal kettles with a very large amount of old scale.
Ingredients: water - about 500 ml and vinegar 9% - a little less than 1 cup or vinegar essence 70% - 1-2 tbsp. spoons.
Recipe: pour water into the kettle and boil it, then pour the acetic acid into boiling water and leave the scale soaked in solution for 1 hour. If the scum has not departed independently, but only loosened, then it will need to be removed with a sponge. Do not forget to boil water once or twice in a clean kettle, and then rinse it thoroughly to wash off all the vinegar residues.
Method 2: How to remove scale from an electric kettle using citric acid
The method is suitable for: cleaning electric kettles made of plastic, stainless steel and glass with weak or moderate soiling.
Ingredients: water - about 500 ml and citric acid - 1-2 tbsp. spoons (depending on the degree of contamination). Replace powdered acid can quarter lemon.
Recipe: we also pour water into the kettle and boil it, then pour boiling water with citric acid or put a fourth of the lemon and wait until the water has cooled for about 1-2 hours (use caution - acid that has gotten into hot water will “boil”). If the scale is not old, then it will come off by itself, otherwise you will need to make a little effort. Do not forget to boil water in a clean kettle, and then rinse it thoroughly.
Method 3. How to get rid of scale in a kettle of any kind using soda
Enameled and aluminum dishes are afraid of aggressive acids, so the first 2 methods of removing limescale are not suitable for them, but you can be helped by ordinary soda solution.
The method is suitable for: descaling in conventional enameled and aluminum kettles, and in any electric kettle.
Ingredients: baking soda, and better soda ash - 1 tbsp. spoon, water - about 500 ml (the main thing is that it covers the entire lime scale).
Recipe 1: to remove scale from the walls of an enameled or aluminum kettle, you must first mix the soda with water, then bring this solution to a boil, and then leave it to boil over low heat for half an hour. At the end of the procedure, wash off the remnants of soda, for which we boil 1 time of clean water, drain it and rinse the kettle.
Recipe 2: to wash the electric kettle with soda, boil water, make a soda solution, and then let it cool for 1-2 hours. A more gentle way is to pour soda into boiling water and then leave the solution until it cools completely - during this time the mineral deposits will become softer and it will be easier to wash them manually.
Method 4. How to clean the kettle from scale using Coca-Cola and Sprite
This method is not the most effective and economical, but why not try for the sake of interest?
The method is suitable for: descaling in ordinary stainless steel kettles and for electric kettles, but for enameled and tin - with caution.
Ingredients: any carbonated drinks with citric acid in the composition - from "Coca-Cola" to "Fanta". But it is better to take colorless drinks, for example, "Sprite" or "Schweppes".
Recipe: First, release the gases from the drink, then pour 500 ml of liquid into the kettle and let it boil and then cool. The result of the experiment can be seen in this video.
Method 5. How to remove scale in a kettle using apple or potato peels
This tool is suitable either for preventive care or if the limescale is still weak.
The method is suitable for: descaling ordinary enamelled and metal kettles.
Ingredients: Apple, pear or potato peels.
Recipe: Apple, pear or washed potato peel put in a kettle, pour water and bring to a boil. As soon as water boils, leave the peel to cool for 1-2 hours, and then launder the softened plaque with a sponge.