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.
How to Remove Limescale from a Kettle
Cleaning a kettle can be stress-free – the de-scaling process is easy because kettles are already designed to contain liquid. Every couple of months, just follow the instructions on the label of any store-bought kettle-cleaning product, and be sure to adhere to the product’s safety advice too. Here’s the general step-by-step process for how to clean a kettle:
- Dilute the kettle-cleaning product with water and pour into the kettle.
- Boil the kettle for a period of time.
- Leave the solution in the kettle to soak.
- Rinse with cold water.
Alternatively, use a natural kettle-cleaning method: