- 1 What is bad scale?
2 Clean the kettle with improvised means: 5 effective ways
- 2.1 Method 1. Vinegar
- 2.2 Method 2 Lemon acid
- 2.3 Method 3. Soda
- 2.4 Method 4. Sweet drinks
- 2.5 Method 5. Brine
- 3 Cleaning the kettle from the outside
- 4 Summarize
Regardless of what kind of kettle you use at home: electric, metal, or enameled - familiarity with the scum is inevitable in any case. Not a single modern water filter will save you from harmful scurf, because of which the electric model can break and the walls can usually become covered with unpleasant rust. Today I will tell you how to remove scale from the kettle and recommend inexpensive, and most importantly, effective methods.
What is bad scale?
The reason for the formation of plaque are salts that are part of the tap water. Despite the fact that special filters partially soften hard water, they are not able to get rid of salts.
In standard kettles, scale covers the bottom and walls of the vessel; in electrical models, the heating element itself suffers most.
What is so scary scary?
- It is the source of the destruction of the walls of ordinary kettles and leads to electrical failure.
- Having a low heat sink, contributes to overheating of the surface.
- Getting into the body with water, scale can worsen the condition of the body. Such an impact can adversely affect the work of the kidneys and urinary system.
Clean the kettle with improvised means: 5 effective ways
Due to the fact that the scale is "afraid" of organic and inorganic acids, most of the means to eliminate it are based on acid-containing solutions. But no matter what method of cleaning you choose, after the procedure it is necessary to boil water in the kettle “empty” a couple of times.Even a small residue of vinegar or soda can lead to serious poisoning.
Method 1. Vinegar
Vinegar cleaning is one of the most popular and proven “grandfather's” methods. Its main advantage is simplicity and efficiency. You just need:
- dilute 100 ml of food vinegar with a liter of water;
- pour the solution into the kettle and put it on a small fire;
- as soon as the water begins to boil, slightly open the lid and check how the process of scaling proceeds;
- if the plaque does not want to keep up with the walls of the dishes, leave the kettle on the fire for about 15 minutes more.
After the allotted time has elapsed, rinse the dishes with your own hands, carefully ridding it of the remnants of vinegar.
You can try and a modified way that works no less effective. For it you need half a liter of water and a little less than a glass of table vinegar:
- pour water into the kettle and boil it;
- pour vinegar into boiling water;
- leave the solution for an hour.
After the allotted time, the scum will either completely lag behind the walls of the kettle, or loosen. In the second case, it will be easy to remove with a regular sponge.
Method 2 Lemon acid
The previous version is absolutely not suitable for cleaning electric kettles, but citric acid is suitable for these purposes as well as possible. Simple enough:
- dilute a couple of tablespoons of citric acid in a liter of water;
- pour the solution into the container and boil it;
- thoroughly wash the inside of the kettle and boil ordinary water in it.
Keep in mind that such a method, despite its effectiveness, is one of the extreme measures that should be resorted to in the case of particularly heavy pollution. But constant cleansing with acid, but without boiling is a great way to prevent scale in the kettle and keep it clean. To do this, simply pour the citric acid solution and leave it to infuse for several hours.
Method 3. Soda
Remove limescale and scum will help another component that is available in the kitchen of every housewife. The baking soda known to all will easily cope with similar pollution. The scheme of action is simple:
- fill the kettle with water;
- pour a tablespoon of soda into it;
- bring to a boil;
- leave on low heat for half an hour.
After that, rinse and boil the kettle again to remove any remaining soda. This option is particularly suitable for descaling enamel or metal cookware..
Method 4. Sweet drinks
Almost the most "expensive" way from the list, but why not experiment with it? Many have heard that Coca-Cola helps to remove scale from the kettle, but not many people know that Fanta or even Schweppes are perfect for the same purpose.
Washing the dishes inside with sweet water is easy, but first you need to release gases from it. After pouring 500 ml of liquid into the kettle, let it boil and wait for it to cool completely. I think the result will surprise you.
Method 5. Brine
Another unusual way to clean a stainless steel kettle, metal or plastic is to boil pickles or cucumbers or tomatoes in them. So do not rush to pour out the liquid from conservation - it can be useful in the household.
The instruction to the action is the same as in the previous methods - it is necessary to pour the brine, boil it, then rinse the dishes with plain water. And, of course, do not forget to boil ordinary water in it again. You do not want tea or coffee to get the taste of pickle?
Cleaning the kettle from the outside
With the internal cleaning of kettles figured out, now it will be about how to put it in order outside. As an example, I suggest you 3 effective ways. They will help return your dishes shine pristine.
The first method involves the use of the above soda.
- Heat the kettle and put it either on the heat-resistant stand or in the sink.
- Apply a small amount of soda to a damp sponge and begin to gently wipe the surface. Act slowly and carefully so that small scratches do not appear on the kettle.
- Upon completion of the cleaning process, rinse the dishes first with warm, then cold running water.
It is necessary to pre-heat the kettle, since from high temperatures the deposit quickly separates from the surface.. But be careful and do not accidentally burn yourself! The price of such a procedure is a cheap one, but the effect of it is amazing.
The second option is carried out with the help of soda and a basin with water. It is impossible to wash the electric kettle from scale in this way, but it’s easy to take care of ordinary stainless steel cookware:
- Pour warm water into a large basin. Dissolve soda in it at the rate of 1 tablespoon of powder per liter of water.
- Stir the solution thoroughly.
- Lower the kettle into the basin, put it on the stove and boil for half an hour.
- Allow the solution to cool and remove the residue with a sponge.
- Rinse the surface under running water and wipe it dry.
Enhance the result will help add a couple of teaspoons of ordinary dishwashing liquid to the water.
Ordinary toothpaste will help to remove unpleasant plaque from the teapot. Squeeze it in a small amount to the surface and start gently massaging with an old toothbrush or the hard side of the sponge. Rinse the dishes under warm and then under cold running water.
Do not use whitening pasta options - they contain large abrasive particles that can scratch the surface. The brush should also be chosen with a soft bristle.
Now you know not one, but five whole ways how to clean a teapot from a scum. I think at least a couple of methods will be useful to you in the household and help preserve the pristine shine of the dishes. Several additional secrets can be found in the video in this article.
If suddenly some nuances remain unclear for you - ask about them in the comments below. There also share your secrets of the perfect cleaning.
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