How and how to remove scale in an electric kettle
The water in our aqueduct has the unpleasant property of forming a calcareous sediment in the kettles covering the untidy layer of its wall and the heating element. How to clean the electric kettle from scale so as not to damage it? Is it possible to somehow avoid the formation of this muck in an electric kettle, get rid of it forever?
Unfortunately, remove the scale so that it can not be formed. In water, even filtered and completely clean, hardness salts are still contained. They are not present only in distilled water, but it is not only costly to use it in everyday life, but it is not at all useful. So the task of "cleaning an electric kettle from scale" refers to the category of regularly arising before everyone who uses a kettle. It is not possible to remove this need from the list of compulsory cases.
1Home remedies against scale in the kettle
- 1.1Citric acid or natural lemon juice
- 1.2Video: we check people's methods of descaling
- 1.3Vinegar, table, apple or diluted vinegar essence
- 1.5Oxalic acid
- 1.6Video: get rid of the scale in the electric kettle
- 2What can be done for prevention?
Home remedies against scale in the kettle
Remove the scale in the electric kettle in different ways, and the worst of them is mechanical. That is, scraping with hard sharp objects lime scale is strictly not worth it. So you can completely ruin the kettle, damaging its body or heating element. Even if the layer of calcareous deposits has become thick, it should be removed gradually. Otherwise, you just have to throw out your favorite electric kettle and buy a new one.
Much more effective is the removal of scale using various chemical reagents that dissolve it or make the layer more friable and brittle.
Before trying to get rid of persistent deposits by different means, the electric kettle needs to be cleaned thoroughly from inside with a hard washcloth (not metal!).
To easily clean the walls and the spiral of the kettle from scale, the following substances can be used.
Citric acid or natural lemon juice
To do this, inside the previously washed teapot pour 80-100 g of citric acid, add water to the upper mark and turn on the device. When the water boils, you need to leave the acid solution until completely cooled, you can even overnight. After that, the electric kettle needs to be cleaned of the loose, grayish sediment formed under the action of acid and the pieces that have lagged behind the walls. If necessary, if at one time it was not possible to remove all the scale from the walls, the procedure can be repeated.
If there is no citric acid under your hands, but there are fresh lemons, you just need to cut 2-3 lemons in circles together with the skin and boil them in an electric kettle. Lemon juice can clean the kettle no worse than powdered acid, at the same time it also aromatizes it.
Video: we check people's methods of descaling
Vinegar, table, apple or diluted vinegar essence
On an ordinary electric kettle with a capacity of -2 liters, 2 cups of 6% table vinegar will need to be added to the maximum water level. To clean the kettle, vinegar should be boiled and left for several hours, like citric acid. Just keep in mind: the smell of vinegar in the kitchen will be very strong. Get rid of it then you can be intense airing.
From very persistent, long-standing deposits of scale can be eliminated by combining the chemical properties of acid and alkali: vinegar and soda. To do this, you first need to boil a concentrated solution of soda in the kettle. It will take about half a glass of powder per full kettle of water.
When the solution boils, drain it, and fill the container with a strong solution of vinegar or citric acid. A violent reaction will begin with intensive release of carbon dioxide. Gas bubbles contribute to the destruction of dense layers of sediment, and so you can clean the kettle, even from old layers. After all the scum turns into a loose sediment, the kettle needs to be washed well.
It is very effective to get rid of the scale by using coca-cola, sprite, phantom or other similar fizzy drinks as a solvent. They include orthophosphoric acid, which helps remove even the most persistent deposits of calcareous salts. Just pour a drink into the electric kettle and leave it for a couple of hours. You do not even need to boil it. Then it will only be necessary to treat the inner surface with a moderately stiff washcloth or a brush, and rinse.
For white teapots, it is better to use colorless beverages so as not to get plastic staining.
Otherwise, then you will have to look for ways to clean your white electric kettle already from the colored traces of the phantom.
If there is oxalic acid in the household - it is also suitable for removing scum. You can put a large bunch of fresh sorrel inside the kettle instead of an acid - the effect will be the same, you just have to wait a little longer because of the lower acid concentration.
Finally, you can visit a household chemistry store and buy special scale agents there. Their assortment is large enough. But do not expect that the use of expensive special tools will help you get rid of the scum more easily and faster than the methods described above. All of them work almost equally effectively, and the more convenient to clean the electric kettle everyone chooses according to his taste.
Video: get rid of the scale in the electric kettle
What can be done for prevention?
Finally, a few tips for preventing the formation of scale.
- Buy an electric kettle with a closed spiral or heating disc. Care for them is much easier than for models with an open spiral. It will also be easier to remove the scaling that appears.
- Do not start your kettle too much. It is better to remove a thin layer of scale once a month, just boiling a solution of citric acid, than once a year kill half of the weekend in order to get rid of the thick calcareous layer that covered the entire interior.
- Use filtered water for boiling. It is more useful for a teapot and for your health.