How to Descale a Kettle

by Mike Cornfields

After using your kitchen kettle for a while, you might have noticed that the element and the sides get completely covered in limescale.

Most people tend to think that's the end of their kettle's life, and that it's time to buy a new one.  That's basically how it was like in my home too.   I can't even remember how many kettles I've had.  Now I realise it was never necessary to change the kettle, as you'll find out in this article. 

Sometimes people give you some advice for this, which usually contains a recipe of sorts that includes baking soda or something along those lines, and you mix some sort of stuff together which you can use to clean your kettle with. 

But why do that when instead of buying those ingredients, there are already descaler products on the market that are very, very easy to use.  You just got to know about them and how easy they really are to use, and how inexpensive they can be too!

Click here for a list of kettle descaler products (U.S.A.). (If you are in the UK/Europe, click here or South Africa click here. ) The one we're going to use today is called "Kettle and Steam Iron Cleaner" by Carbro.

This product comes in the form of a very rough powder. 

Now, how to clean your kettle: 

1.  Pour one litre of hot water into kettle. 

2.  Dissolve 3 dessertspoons of the powder in the water. 

3.  When fizzing stops (about 5 minutes or so), pour the water out and rinse the kettle well.  Boil fresh water at least once to make sure the mixture is out of the kettle. 

That's it really.  If the limescale coating was very heavy and there is still some left, you may want to repeat the three steps and the kettle will be completely clean.  However, this repeat may prove to be unnecessary. 

Now isn't that just very easy!  After this, your kettle will be as clean as new again. 

This product can also be used to clean your steam iron. 

This product can also be used elsewhere where you have limescale build-up, like for example on the bathroom floor or the toilet or washbasin.  All you need is to dissolve some powder into hot water, and then pour the hot water on the surfaces you need to clean. 

The fizzing action only commence if the product comes in contact with limescale.  If there's no fizzing action when you pour it on something, it means it's not limescale that is your problem.

Get yourself a nice teapot