How To Descale a Kettle

How to descale a kettle? The typical, old-fashioned methods immediately come to mind: vinegar and acid. Today, Cook It will explain why these products may be a no-go and share with you a budget-friendly alternative.

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Nowadays, manufacturers propose a cheaper and more practical way to clean a kettle. However, for some reason, many continue to overlook it in favor of traditional remedies.

One of our readers has kindly shared a story about how she managed to restore her old electric kettle to its former glory. Jump down below to find out how it happened.

How To Descale a Kettle

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One day, our reader stumbled upon her old kettle, which she has not used in over a year. Of course, no one had washed it during this time, and therefore it looked like it has seen better days. The woman recalled that the last time she cleaned it was, in fact, with vinegar. The procedure took more than two cups of the solution. Moreover, she had to boil and rinse her kitchen helped numerous times to get rid of the unpleasant odor.

The woman did not use citric acid. Unfortunately, few people know about the harm it can do. If you use it to clean a washing machine, for instance, citric acid can damage the drum and even knock the appliance out of service.

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Budget-Friendly Solution

The heroine of this story believes that cleaning scale with vinegar and citric acid is a horse and buggy era. Yes, our grandmothers and mothers did use them for cleaning. However, products designed specifically for descaling have been gracing store shelves for a long time.

Besides, buying a special product is budget-friendly. Three ounces of any decalcifier will be enough for 6-7 applications, whereas a sachet of citric acid can only be used 2-3 times, and 2 cups of vinegar will run out after 1-2 uses.

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The woman was delighted with the product she purchased. Already at the boiling stage, she saw that the scale flakes actively separate from the surface of the kettle and dissolve in water. After only a couple of minutes, the appliance was as good as new. She didn’t even have to fill and empty the kettle numerous times in an attempt to get rid of the annoying odor.

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Do whatever works for you! If traditional remedies do โ€” that’s excellent. However, if you’re looking for something even simpler, don’t overlook the modern options to help you descale your kettle. After all, not only will they save you time, but also money. Good luck!


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