Each and every one of us uses the kettle on a near daily basis for anything from heating up porridge, to filling hot water bottles, and of course, for making warm beverages like tea and coffee. In the most famous nation of tea-drinkers – the UK – 120 million cups of tea are consumed every single day! Imagine the amount of grime accumulating in all those kettles! It is safe to say that everyone could benefit from learning how to clean a kettle and tackling limescale build-up that can be problematic. Here are a few pointers for how to get your kettle’s insides sparkling like new.
What is Limescale?
Limescale is a tough, milky white deposit often referred to as calcium carbonate. It is commonly found clogging up hard-to-clean places like:
- Hot-water tanks
- Old pipes
- Central heating systems
Limescale is primarily found in areas where hot water has evaporated and solidified. The deposits are unsightly and are difficult to remove by scrubbing alone, making cleaning a kettle a bit of a challenge. The harder one scrubs, the more susceptible the kettle is to having its inner surface removed in the process. But with the right mixture of mild acids, calcium carbonate can be easily dissolved.
Have a quick look at this video for a run-down on how to clean your kettle: