How to descale a Kettle with Lemon
Descaling a kettle is not difficult because kettles are already made to hold water in it. Every 2 or 3 months, depends on what the manual of the kettle says that was with the kettle when you bought it, and make sure you read the safety instructions too. You can use citric acid (lemon) as a kettle descaler. Here’s a how to descale a kettle that you can follow.
- first fill the kettle up to a Quarter with citric acid (lemon)
If you are using citric acid, mix 30g (1oz) of the lemons or limes with 500ml (2 cups) of water.
- When Using lemon juice as kettle descaler: throw the lemon or citric acid in to the kettle and boil. Let the kettle cool down before throwing the water out.
- Clean: when there is some limescale left in the kettle, you can clean it down using a small amount of bicarbonate of soda on a damp cloth. But make sure the kettle has cooled down and is unpluged before you do this.
- Rinse: Fully rinse out the kettle with several changes of cold water to remove any traces of lemon juice
There are also different types of kettle descaler on the market that you can use.
Just follow this how to descale a kettle or the one that you got with your kettle and you can enjoy you kettle for a longer time.
When you Regular descale your kettle it will prolong the life of your kettle. When you use it normaly (up to 5 times a day), it’s recommended to use the following descaling frequency:
-Once every 3 months if you use soft water (up to18dH).
-Once every month if you use hard water (more than 18dH).
You can always contact your water board to find out the hardness of your tap water. If you use the kettle more than 5 times a day, then it’s beter to do it more often.
Do you need to descale your kettle
Yes you doneed to descale your kettle regularly. There are minerals in tap water and they build up scale in your kettle when the water is heated.
Descaling your kettle will make sure that:
- It keeps the inside of your kettle clean
- the boiling time is reduced wich saves energy
- it extends the lifetime of your kettle
- and it will limit the chance of premature breakdown