Lemon juice? White vinegar? What’s the best way to clean my kettle?
If you want to descale your kettle effectively, it pays to listen to what your mother recommends. Or your grandmother. Or Livehack.
Descale your kettle and save electricity.
A kettle with lime-scale really eats up energy. The more scales your kettle has, the longer it takes to heat up the water. Luckily, getting rid of unpleasant lime-scale deposits is really easy to do. Here’s how:
No chemicals required.
Most supermarkets and drugstores stock descaler products in their household aisle. Both tabs and liquid products promise fast results, but you don’t always have to use aggressive chemicals. There are lots of natural household remedies that will descale your kettle too.
Using vinegar is an easy and effective way to remove lime-scale deposits from your kettle.
Pour 1 litre of water and about 125 ml of white vinegar into your kettle.
Let the mixture stand overnight.
Rinse thoroughly with water and a drop of washing-up liquid.
Some kettles have a filter (sieve) in the pouring spout that you can clean in the same way. More expensive kettles have a removable filter.
If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, citric acid works well too.
Not fond of cleaning?
Before you buy a kettle, make sure it ticks the boxes below. This will save time on cleaning later.
1. Removable scale filter (ideally dishwasher-safe) – makes cleaning easier
90° lid opening angle – makes it easier to rinse and wipe inside the kettle
Integrated heating element, not a conventional coil (coils have a large surface area and collect too much scale)
If you descale your kettle at regular intervals, it really does pay to buy good quality tea. You can also prepare baby bottles without any worries. In fact, everything tastes better when things are clean and at just the right temperature!
Speaking of babies: if you need to heat water up in the middle of the night, our CARRERA electric kettle has everything you need: a new ’Keep Warm’ feature, detailed temperature settings, and an accurate thermostat.
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