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How to remove scale from the kettle without chemicals?

The fight against scale in the kettle is familiar to every hostess. Despite the filters for water purification, enameled, electric or metal kettles eventually begin to be covered inside with an ugly gray-white bloom.

Where does scale come from, and why should it be removed?

Of course, tap water goes through many levels of purification, but it still goes to the apartment of consumers with a large amount of salts contained in it. They are the cause of scaling. The higher their number is, the faster the heating element is covered with bloom in the electric kettle, and the enameled walls and the bottom.

If you notice that a raid has started to appear inside the teapot, this problem cannot be ignored. Firstly, a rich accumulation of scale often leads to breakage of the device, which is powered by electricity. In ordinary kettles, salt deposits can destroy walls. In addition, it blocks the access of water to the steel heating element, which because of this is experiencing severe thermal overload.

Salt from the water is not so harmless to our body. Small particles of plaque still penetrate into our cup of tea or coffee, and then can lead to problems with the urinary system or kidneys.

Citric acid is the most popular way to get rid of scale.

This method is great for electric kettles and gives excellent results, especially if you monitor the occurrence of scale and prevent its overabundance.

So, the plaque is alkali, so acid can react with it. Food citric acid will need one sachet, which is sold at any grocery store. Pour its contents into the kettle, fill with plain water and boil. Miracles will start to happen almost immediately. Scale chunks will fall off from the heating element and still parallel to the walls of the kettle.

After that, rinse the kettle and "idle" boil 1-2 times with new water. This method is radical and is used when a large amount of salt has accumulated. To avoid this, you should do a monthly prevention. For her, again, you need citric acid. Dilute the powder in a kettle filled with ordinary water and leave for a couple of hours without boiling.

How to remove scale from a metal kettle?

The surest way to get rid of salt deposits in this form of teapots - this is the usual vinegar. This method was also used by our grandmothers, and considered him a reliable assistant. No chemistry, only a natural product without harm to health.

The cleaning process is as follows. For 1 liter of water needed 100 ml of vinegar. Stir the contents of the kettle and boil on a small fire. As soon as the water begins to boil, you need to observe whether the scale is peeling off. If this action does not happen immediately, continue to boil. Even a strong flight time of minutes for 15 boiling should independently move away from the walls.

Among the shortcomings of this method, it is necessary to note an unpleasant smell in the process of boiling vinegar, but for the sake of the result this can be tolerated. In the end, be sure to boil new water 1-2 times.

Scale with metal and enamel will help remove Sprite

Of course, many will call these carbonated drinks "solid chemistry", but the fact remains that they are allowed to be consumed throughout the world, and even the most inveterate supporter of healthy lifestyles drank it once in his life. But besides nice taste, Sprite has another advantage. Modern housewives have learned with it to remove scale from the kettle. Important note - it is desirable to use the Sprite, and not Fantu or Coca-Cola, because the latter may slightly stain kitchen utensils.

Before you begin to get rid of plaque, you need to let soda stand for a couple of hours open. When the bubbles evaporate, pour Sprite into the kettle for about half its volume and bring to a boil. After that, thoroughly launder the inner surface and admire the result. It is worth noting that this method is contraindicated for electric kettles.

Other effective methods of descaling

  • Soda for an enamel or metal kettle. In a kettle with plain water, add one tablespoon of baking soda, stir and boil. When the water boils, we set the fire to a minimum and we continue the process for about 20-30 minutes. After this, rinse the kettle and boil it again with ordinary water to remove any soda residue.
  • With a strong scaling, a combination of the most effective methods will help. This method is not intended for the electric kettle. To remove the salt deposit, you will need a spoon of baking soda, which must be stirred in water and boiled with a teapot. Then pour the soda water and do the same with one tablespoon of citric acid. The third stage is similar to the first two, but it uses half a cup of vinegar. As a result, virtually any amount of scale should be removed. If this did not happen completely, then the bloom exactly became loose and will be cleaned with a sponge.

As an afterword

First, scale removal in a kettle should be done regularly, as it will last you much longer. In addition, the salt coating, even from an aesthetic point of view, is visually unpleasant. Do not forget about prevention. Rinse the container daily with a soft sponge and do not leave the water in it overnight.

And most importantly, warn family members that you are going to clean the kettle, and the water in it while boiling will still be “inedible” so that they do not make their own tea with vinegar or Sprite.


| 27 March 2015 | | 719 | Household Tips
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  • | anna | 5 June 2015

    while we were at work, the scale in the kettle was removed by Schwepps (actually, that was in the fridge). during the second boil, another half of the lemon was squeezed into Schweppes. The result is quite decent! vinegar may be better, but the smell of it for some time is not very pleasant

  • | Katerina | 5 June 2015

    I rarely use an electric kettle, mostly warm water on a gas stove. But scale know how to remove if that helps very well citric acid, it costs a penny, probably 10 rubles. I pour out the whole package at once, dilute with tepid water and for 10-15 minutes. Then a rag and all. You can even after this procedure, the kettle baking soda clean. will shine)))

  • Anton. | 5 June 2015

    It became interesting whether it is possible to remove plaque with the help of Coca-Cola. Saw the video where the rust from the bumper scrub with it. And will there be a dark bloom after boiling cola?

  • | Oksana | 5 June 2015

    Personally, I get rid of the scum vinegar, you need to pour vinegar into the kettle and put it to a boil, it works very well, but it is necessary that the window vent was open in the room, because after the kettle boils and you open the lid there will be a pungent smell. After this procedure, the kettle should be boiled several times with ordinary water, so that the smell and taste will disappear.

  • | Natalia | 5 June 2015

    All the time I remove scum from kettles and dishes with citric acid. Firstly, there is no smell like that of vinegar; secondly cheap; in the third the means checked for years, even in a washing machine I use it. But I didn’t know about the sprite, I’d have to try. Thanks for the advice.

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Lakshmi Jayaraman: Amazing tip.....I had tried so many methods ,including vinegar and cooking soda...but nothing worked....I kept looking for different options on you tube and lo!!! came across your video....tried it with a skeptical mind...as none of the others had worked.... Did exactly how you showed and when I poured out the water in which the citric acid crystals had boiled ..my kettle was as good as new!!! Thank you very much for this amazing tip!!!!

MrMarkDerry: I'd suggest when rinsing the outside (4:53) you are careful not to let water get near the switch. This area is not sealed and water ingress could prove dangerous later when next used.

kcirdrab: Limescale may actually be good for you, it's natural minerals, but I wouldn't have a plastic kettle due to potential BPA contamination of boiling water.

Dior Chéri: Wow thank you so much. I couldn't drink the water from my kettle, I followed your instructions and boum brand new kettle.

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