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Best ways to descale a kettle: Kettle cleaning tips

If limescale is building up in your kettle, just follow these kettle cleaning tips to sort it out.


Best ways to descale a kettle: Kettle cleaning tips

Key Steps:

  1. To descale your kettle effectively, follow these key steps:

  2. Clean the outside of your kettle with Cif.

  3. Get a special kettle descaler product and be sure to follow the instructions carefully.

  4. If you don’t have any descaler, vinegar or lemon can be a good natural alternative. 

Vinegar or lemon can be used as natural descalers if you don’t have any of the store-bought stuff.

Do you need a kettle cleaner? Lots of us love a good cup of tea, but not the nasty limescale that builds up in the kettle. But what is the best way to descale a kettle? This article explains everything you need to know when it comes to getting a really clean inside of the kettle, including some handy natural kettle cleaning tips.

How to remove limescale from kettle: A step-by-step guide

LImescale is a white deposit that builds up in water over time when there are frequent temperature changes. It is brittle and tough and can easily be poured into hot drinks, so be sure to clean your kettle out regularly to prevent yourself from consuming it. Here’s how to clean a kettle.

  • Step 1: Wipe the outside with Cif, a multi-purpose antibacterial cleaner. If your kettle is going to be clean on the inside, you want it to look sparkling on the outside too.

  • Step 2: To remove limescale from the kettle, get yourself a descaler specifically intended for this use. You can buy these at most major supermarkets. The following steps will apply to most descalers, but be sure to read the instructions carefully before you start and follow their advice fully.

  • Step 3: Usually the first thing to do with the descaler is dilute it with water and pour it into the kettle.

  • Step 4: This then needs to be left to soak for at least a few hours. This allows the descaler to do its work of removing all the limescale that has built up bit by bit.

  • Step 5: Rinse the kettle thoroughly with cold water and boil it a few times – pouring the water out on each occasion – to make sure you've got everything out.

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If you don’t have a descaling product you can do the same process with vinegar or lemon. They might not be quite as effective but can still do a good job. Again, be sure to rinse thoroughly, as no one wants tea tasting of vinegar.

How to prevent limescale in the kettle

If you want to avoid having to remove scale from the kettle, here’s how to prevent it from building up in the first place.

  • Do a deep clean once every few months to prevent the ongoing build-up of limescale. This is definitely the kind of problem that’s easier to deal with when it’s not too bad, so, although everyone puts off kitchen chores, it’s worth making sure you do this regularly.

  • Find out whether you live in a hard water area. You might know this instinctively from the taste of the water, but if not it’s worth finding out. This is because hard water tends to make limescale build up quicker, and that can influence how often you need to do your regular clean.

Those are our top tips on how to clean limescale. Kettle cleaning doesn’t have to be taxing, and if you keep your kettle scale-free you’ll be able to have a tasty cup of tea or coffee whenever you fancy!

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