How to Clean and Descale a Kettle

The appearance of sediment is quite a natural thing, but it does not look aesthetically pleasing. Moreover, if the layer becomes thick, this is an excellent environment for the reproduction of bacteria.



Nothing better than this method has yet been invented.

With the help of “lemon,” you can clean the kettle to the state of a new one in some 5 minutes!

Take one tablespoon of citric acid, pour a whole kettle and put it on fire (or press the power button).

If we are talking about an electric kettle, you need to open its lid and boil a little longer than technically provided.

After all, it turns off 1-2 seconds after boiling, and this time may not be enough if the plaque is thick enough.

In general, look and adjust the time as the scale dissolves on the walls.

When the surface is immaculate, rinse the dishes well and fill it again with water, already ordinary, clean. And boil again. This will remove acid residues from the walls.

This method of cleaning the kettle at home is the most effective, fast and effective.

But what to do if at the right time there was no citric acid at hand? Then maybe you have vinegar?



With vinegar, the situation is a little different. If the lemon removes the plaque instantly, in the process of boiling, then vinegar is a longer-lasting procedure.

It should be poured into the kettle for at least a glass, then add water and let it sit out for 3-4 hours.

Just don’t try to boil it! The smell will be such in the apartment that you will not weather for three days.

After you see that the scale has dissolved, thoroughly rinse the kettle with detergent, rinse, pour clean water into it, boil. And rinse again. And then again.

And rinse until the smell of the vinegar evaporates. It takes a lot of time.

There’s another way. But without a particular skill, it can not be used; fun is guaranteed.



When these two components are combined, a mass of carbon dioxide is released. And if you fill the kettle almost to the brim and put these components there, then the foam will go on horseback and fill the entire floor.

Moreover, she tears quickly, and you will not have time to blink an eye! And then wipe the floor off the smell of vinegar for half a day.

Therefore, pour only a third of the kettle, then put one tablespoon of soda + 100 grams of vinegar; after the reaction stops, add water to the end.

Again, do not boil; just put for a few hours.

Frankly, we do not see any advantages in this method, just as long as in the case of one vinegar. Still, better lemon does not clean anything.

Is that a drink that “teems” with lemon!



If it is exhausted, it does not mean that it should be thrown away. Of course, there is no gas in it, but priceless citric acid remained in huge quantities.

See if there is a plaque on your kettle? If there is, pour “cola” there and feel free to boil.

It copes with salt deposits no worse than a pure solution. Naturally, instead of “Coca-Cola”, you can use any such drink: “fantu”, “sprite”.

The sprite is even better since there is no dye in it, and it will not leave traces on the walls of the kettle.

  • Grandmother’s way of cleaning the kettle with potato peels:

We do not know which grandmother invented this method, but myths about its effectiveness still walk around the network.

They say the cleaning should be well washed, loaded into a kettle, topped with water and boiled.

Well, how can it be cleaned up? Why, exactly?

In potatoes, if there is acid, then in very minimal quantities and no scale, it will not master. But it’s environmentally friendly, what’s more… Useless though.

  • Grandfather’s method of cleaning the kettle with apple peel:

And this method was probably invented by the husband of that grandmother. The greedy family was. That is, homely.

And the peel of the potatoes was adapted, and apple skins were used! According to the recipe, they should have been used in the same way as potatoes. That is, immerse in water and boil in a kettle.

But we strongly advise you not to take an example from them and spend time on such methods.


7 Cleaning the kettle with brine from preservation

What do we put in the brine? Of course, vinegar or lemon. They will come in handy.

It is necessary to apply it without boiling. Otherwise, the kitchen will be thoroughly saturated with the smell of sour cucumbers.

The time of the procedure here depends on the concentration of the solution and its components. If there is vinegar, it will stand longer, and if lemon, it will go faster.

After you notice that the walls of the kettle have become like new, rinse it well. Pour water again, boil and rinse again.



It makes sense to resort to purchased funds if no other methods have had an effect. Or a layer of scale from the finger.

Methods of application are indicated on the packaging of the goods, and we can only give you recommendations on the choice.

So, what is the best way to do this?

Buyers very much praise the means “Cinderella”, “Sif”, “Green Wedge”, “Sanita-gel”, “Antinakipin”.

In general, in this legal case, all means work since they are created based on hydrochloric acids. And, again, it is worth resorting to such a purchase only when the scale layer is too large.

In other cases, lemon and only lemon. And cheap and effective.



Some housewives fear that the use of any acid, even citric acid, can quickly destroy the walls of an enamelled kettle and lead to rust.

We hasten to reassure you: there is no cause for alarm. Neither stainless steel nor other metal lemon can damage; it is too weak for this.

Some chemicals contain hydrochloric acid – already more aggressive. But also to apply, because they are often not necessary!

If you came across a kettle with a plaque that is thicker than the wall, then a one-time application will not cause any damage. But in the future, use more gentle substances.

So, feel free to use lemon periodically, as a scale for the kettle is much more destructive. Valid, only for electricity.


Why does scale cause the device to break?

Harm from the scale is not only in the formation of various microorganisms.

If the kettle is ordinary, then it will not react to the presence of a crust, except that it will boil longer.

But the electrical appliance will begin to “suffocate”, literally.

Its manufacturers counted on a certain amount of heating time, and salt plaque increases this limit. And the larger it is, the harder it is for the kettle to heat the water.

And this means that the equipment works for wear. Therefore, let’s immediately make his life more accessible, and he will thank you … Money! And how else to call something that it will not break and will not lead you into unnecessary expenses?



Here we can not tell you the exact timing. Everything, as you know, depends on the initial composition of the water.

If in your region it is more rigid, then the scale will form faster. Some have to clean once a month, and someone only once every six months conducts the procedure.

These terms are within the normal range. If you notice that after a week on the walls formed unfavorable plaque, urgently put a filter.



Ordinary water contains a lot of impurities. Get rid of it forever – it will not work. In theory, it consists of only two elements; that is, it justifies the H2O formula.

And in fact, there is so much in it! And calcium salts, and magnesium, and sodium and sulfates, and half of the periodic table.

Moreover, more than half of them are of natural origin and are very necessary for the body. So, scale is precipitated from heating foreign substances.

And if half of them are vital, then the rest is the “hands” of old water supply and chlorination pipes to disinfect drinking water.

Of course, we can not say that this cocktail is beneficial, but too much purified water is also not an option!

Some go so far as to drink only deep-purified water (distillate, for example) and rejoice without detecting plaque on the kettle.

But several experts believe that if there is no sediment, then this water is dead, technical. And there is no benefit from it. Why? Because the normal water-salt metabolism in humans is disturbed, with a lack of many necessary elements.

Do not drink all year round vitamin-mineral complexes? Where else to get them, if not from the water? Hope to get them from food is also not worth it, especially since few of us are fond of raw food and absorption of only healthy food.

On ships, where water is specially desalinated for drinking, salt is still added to be suitable and not harmful to health.

One of the best ways out of this situation will be to buy artesian bottled water.

Fortunately, now in every city, there is a delivery of such water and it will come out relatively inexpensively.

Consider that these are preventive measures that, in the long term, will save your health and Money.


Which filter to prefer?

If you still want to put a filter, then, as we wrote above, you do not need to take those that purify the water to the state of H2O.

The best option, in our opinion, is a carbon filter. He will not take too much from the water and will not change its structure.

Well, our review has come to an end. Enjoy your tea ingestion from a clean kettle! How to get rid of scale, we told you which means are practical and not – you now know.

And what method of cleaning the kettle from scale do you use? Could you share your experience with us?


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