Any housewife knows that no filter can save an electric kettle from scale. And if a thin layer of limescale does not cause significant harm, then over time, the device, at best, will cease to work effectively, and at worst, it will break down altogether. Does not bring joy and scale with rust inside ordinary teapots – metal or enamel.
Is it possible to get rid of this problem, and how to carry out a global cleaning of the kettle at home?
- Vinegar (method for a metal teapot). Fast and high-quality cleaning of dishes without harm to health and the use of “chemistry”. Dilute food vinegar with water (100ml / 1l), pour the solution into a bowl, put on a small fire and wait for a boil. As soon as the kettle starts to boil, you should lift the lid and check how the scale is peeling off the walls of the kettle. If the delamination is defective, leave the kettle on fire for another 15 minutes. Next, wash the kettle well, removing all residual vinegar and deposits. It is advisable to ventilate the room after cleaning.
- Lemon acid (method for plastic electric kettle and ordinary kettles). It is not recommended to use vinegar for an electric kettle (otherwise the kettle can simply be thrown away), but citric acid is an excellent assistant for cleaning. We dilute 1-2 sachets of acid (1-2 h / l) in a liter of water, pour the solution into a kettle and boil. The plastic of the teapot will be “renewed”, and the plaque will disappear without a trace, easily peeling off after acid. All that remains is to rinse the kettle and boil the water “idle” once. Note: it is better not to bring the kettle to a state where it requires harsh cleaning, since citric acid is also a rather serious remedy for household appliances. The ideal option is to regularly clean the kettle with citric acid without boiling. Just dissolve the acid in water, pour it into the kettle and let it sit for a few hours.
- Soda! Do you like Fanta, Cola or Sprite? It will be interesting for you to know that these drinks (taking into account their “thermonuclear” composition) ideally cleanse rust and scale from dishes, and even car carburetors from burning. How? After the “magic bubbles” disappear (there should be no gasses – first, set the soda open), just pour the soda into the kettle (to the middle of the kettle) and bring to a boil. After – wash the kettle. The method is not suitable for an electric kettle. It is recommended to use Sprite, since Cola with Fanta can leave their own shade on the dishes.
- Impact method (not for electric kettles). Suitable for the most neglected state of the kettle. Pour water into the kettle, add a spoonful of baking soda (tablespoon), boil the solution, drain the water. Next, fill in water again, but with citric acid (1 tbsp / l per kettle). We simmer for about half an hour over low heat. Drain again, add fresh water, pour in vinegar (1/2 cup), boil, again, for 30 minutes. Even if the scale itself does not come off after such a shock cleaning, it will definitely become loose, and it will be possible to remove it with a simple sponge. Hard brushes and metal sponges are not recommended for all types of kettles.
- Soda (for metal and enamel teapots). Fill the kettle with water, pour 1 tbsp / l of soda into the water, bring to a boil, and then leave on low heat for 30 minutes. Then we wash the kettle, fill it with water again and boil it “idle” to remove the remaining soda.
- Brine. Yes, you can also clean the kettle with ordinary pickle from under tomatoes or cucumbers. The citric acid in the brine will also help remove limescale. The scheme is the same: pour the brine, boil the kettle, cool, wash. Cucumber pickle perfectly removes rust from iron salts in a teapot.
- Cleaning. “Babushkin” method of descaling. Suitable for light limescale deposits in enamelled and metal teapots. We wash the potato peelings well, remove the sand from them, put it in a kettle, fill it with water and boil. After boiling, we leave the cleaning in the dishes for an hour or two, and then thoroughly wash the kettle. And apple or pear peelings will help to cope with a light bloom of white “salt” scale.
Regardless of the method of cleaning, do not forget to thoroughly wash the kettle after the procedure and boil the water idle (1-2 times) so that the residues of the product do not get into your tea. If the residues from cleaning with apple cider cleaners are not harmful to health, then the residues of vinegar or soda can cause serious poisoning. Be careful!
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