Descaling the kettle: 5 tried and tested home remedies


White flakes on tea: Anyone who knows this has already experienced lime in its most stubborn form. When heated, the lime dissolves from the water, it is either deposited on the walls of the vessel or forms flakes. Thus, kettles are very susceptible to deposits. Another problem is that the lime increases energy consumption. A layer of lime just one millimeter on the bottom of the kettle increases power consumption by a proud ten percent.

Chemical descaler are usually expensive. A pack of descaling tablets often costs about half as much as a new kettle. However, these chemical descaling agents are not absolutely necessary. Since lime is basic, it basically just needs an acid to say goodbye to it. We have the most popular home remedies  on the subject of descaling the kettle and explain what to look out for when using it.

Which home remedy works best, you will probably have to find out for yourself. Water is very different from region to region, and the material of the kettle also plays a role. Less aggressive home remedies are suitable for light soiling. However, our instructions are not set in stone. For more stubborn stains, you can leave vinegar or baking powder mixtures to act overnight. Cleaning will be easier if you do it regularly. It is also possible that the deposits come off, but remain in the kettle when the cleaning solution is poured away. Then simply wipe away the lime with a cloth or scrub with a kitchen sponge.