How to clean the kettle from scale?
It is known that the taste and aroma of tea is affected by the quality of the water used. Lime deposits, rust, unpleasant odors in the kettle - all this will be felt in the taste of the drink. But plaque, salts and fats adversely affect human health. You will learn how to quickly and easily clean the kettle from scale, extend the life of this product and prevent the deposition of plaque from this article.
The composition of any water contains salts that contribute to the formation of scale. The higher the percentage of salt content, the faster the scale layer forms on the walls of the kettle. Of course, the use of special filters allows you to soften the water, but it practically does not save from lime deposits.
In addition to the fact that drinking water from such a kettle is dangerous to health, salt deposits adversely affect the operation of the device itself. This leads to a slowdown in water heating, respectively, the cost of electricity increases. Electric kettles can start to make a loud whistle when boiling, and boiled water has an unpleasant aftertaste. A layer of scale inside the kettle can damage the walls and working mechanisms of the device, which as a result leads to malfunctions and even to the failure of the device.
Long-term operation of the kettle can lead not only to the formation of salts inside the product, but also to the appearance of rust spots on the walls of red rust, which is very difficult to get rid of.
If the teapot is always on the stove, then there is a high probability of the formation of yellowness, soot, fat layer, dark spots. In addition, once a snow-white teapot may darken from prolonged exposure to sunlight, especially plastic products.
There are many ways to clean the kettle from various contaminants. The main thing is to choose the best tool for yourself and use it correctly.
Contaminants can be removed in the following ways:
Using the mechanical method requires considerable physical effort and accuracy of the procedure, otherwise you can easily damage the kettle.
In the household departments you will find a wide range of ready-made cleaning products that will help you quickly and easily eliminate scale and other impurities.
Powder products such as Antinakipin, Ecozone. The latter is positioned as an environmentally friendly product, when boiled which does not emit harmful fumes. No less popular can be called tablets Filtero designed for cleaning electric kettles.
On sale are not only powder formulations, but also liquid substances. They also contain acids, which are an excellent anti-scale agent. Some liquids, for example, Luxus Professional, during use, stain water, reporting the presence of chemistry in the solution.
Start using these funds only after studying the instructions for use. Despite the fact that all means are aimed at removing scale, the methods of application may vary. Some function only with prolonged boiling, while others require prior exposure to hot or cold water.
In any case, after using chemicals, the kettle should be thoroughly washed and boiled several times, draining the water to eliminate the smallest particles of chemistry.
In-store preparations can be safely replaced with more affordable products that are likely to be found in every kitchen. The most powerful anti-scale agents at home are considered soda, vinegar and citric acid.
Mixing these components is a “shock” mixture against any, even obsolete limescale. We will need: 1⁄2 cup of soda, 2-3 tablespoons of citric acid and 1⁄2 cup of vinegar. Add soda to a teapot with water, bring to a boil and let stand for about half an hour. After dirty water you need to drain and fill the kettle with fresh water. Add citric acid and vinegar and boil water again. The scale remaining on the walls can be easily removed with a soft kitchen sponge.
If a more gentle solution is required, use only one soda: pour soda ash into hot water and leave to cool completely. This will make the calcareous deposits more loose and they can easily be removed with a sponge for dishes.
Acetic solution is a universal remedy that helps with various contaminants. With its help it is possible to eliminate even a thick layer of deposits. It is enough to mix vinegar with water in a ratio of 2: 1 and pour into a full and preheated kettle. Leave the solution until it cools down, then rinse and thoroughly wash the product. This method is suitable for both simple and electric models of dummies.
The only drawback of using vinegar is the pungent smell, which is quite difficult to get rid of. Therefore, after cleaning with vinegar, you will have to air the kettle and kitchen for some time.
If the deposits on the walls are too large, you can use the three-in-one method. It is worth noting that it is suitable only for metal products and should be used if the use of more gentle means did not help.
The essence of the method is as follows - three cleaning methods must be applied in turn: first with baking soda, then with citric acid and lastly with vinegar. At the end of the procedure, you need to thoroughly rinse the kettle and boil several times, changing the water.
Soda is a universal tool that can wash almost any dirt. To remove grease from the outside of the kettle, sprinkle a little baking soda on the dishwashing sponge or a hard cloth and rub the product. Remember that nickel and painted surfaces require delicate cleaning.
Another effective tool in the fight against lime deposits is citric acid. It is suitable for stainless steel products, glass, as well as for electric kettles. When cleaning metal and enameled dishes, it is better to refuse citric acid. Moreover, this method can not be called too effective, it is more suitable for removing a small layer of limescale.
First, fill the kettle with 2/3 water and add citric acid at the rate of 1 tablespoon per 1 liter of water. Boil the resulting solution. If the coating layer is small, simply rinse the kettle. Older deposits are well removed by sponge cleaning. If the desired result was not achieved the first time, repeat the procedure.
Having achieved the desired result, draw fresh water into the kettle and boil. At the end of the procedure, wash the kettle thoroughly. Tip: pour citric acid into cold water only, otherwise a chemical reaction will occur - the acid will begin to hiss and foam.
A similar procedure can be carried out without the use of this food preservative; instead, many use ordinary lemon. It helps to get rid of even old deposits. This is an ideal tool for cleaning glass teapots, as well as stainless steel products. Like citric acid, it cannot be used to clean metal and enamel products.
We will need one or more large lemons. Cut it in a semicircle, put it in a teapot filled with water and boil it. When the water boils, make the fire quieter and keep the kettle on the stove for about half an hour. For greater effect, after cooling the liquid, you can let it brew. Then dirty water must be drained and the walls of the kettle cleaned with a sponge. This method is the most popular among all the others due to its harmlessness and environmental friendliness.
If we talk about the most effective means for cleaning the kettle, then soda drinks stand out especially, the result of which is simply stunning. Usually use Fanta, Coca-Cola, Sprite. Soda is not suitable for cleaning electric kettles and enameled products, since it contains dyes, which, when boiled, firmly eat into the walls.
To eliminate plaque, fill one of the above drinks with a kettle and bring to a boil. After boiling, turn off the kettle and let it cool for 20 minutes. Pour dirty water, rinse the walls and rinse the kettle with clean water.
Few people know, but before, homemade products such as apple and potato peelings, which contain a certain amount of acid, were often used to clean dishes. This method is relevant today, however, in the fight against a thick layer of plaque, it will be ineffective. It is most suitable for removing only the plaque that has appeared.
Fold the cleaners in a kettle, fill with water and place on the stove. Boil the kettle and leave for about 2 hours, then drain the water with the skin. Wipe the inside of the kettle with a soft cloth and rinse the product.
One of the highly effective means is Calgon for dishwashers. It effectively fights against calcined deposits and well softens the formation. Using it to remove scale in a kettle will quickly and easily remove limescale. The method of application is simple: dilute 1 teaspoon of the powder into 3 liters of water and boil in a teapot. After sure, wash and boil the device several times, changing the water.
Alternative methods well help with the removal of fat on the outer walls of the kettle. The most effective tool can be called ordinary toothpaste. Put a little paste on an unnecessary brush and clean the kettle outside. If the pollution is outdated, it is best to use baking soda, mixing it with 9% vinegar. The components should be taken in a 1: 1 ratio and mixed thoroughly before use. Put the resulting slurry on a sponge and rub the problem areas, after the procedure, remove the residue with a soft towel.
How to clean?
To date, there are many means to remove plaque and other contaminants from the kettle. However, it is worth considering that each of them is designed for a specific model of the device.
The kettle is almost always located on the stove or next to it and often gets dirty with fat during cooking. Removing it from the surface is not at all difficult. To begin with, the kettle should be slightly warmed up, thanks to this, the dirt will be easily separated from the walls. Place it on a stable surface and gently rub the contaminated areas with a sponge. At the end of the procedure, wash the product in the usual way and wipe dry with a dry towel.
Enameled kettles require special care when cleaning. There are two ways to remove limescale:
- using special tools.
The mechanical method involves the use of special devices that easily remove plaque. Often a metal brush and a cleaning paste act as tools.
Despite the obvious advantages of this method, it is better to use it to remove old formations or a large layer of plaque. In addition, it requires effort and time. The main disadvantage of this method is the rapid formation of cracks in the enamel of the kettle. And too frequent use will lead to the erasing of the enameled layer, in the place of which a new scum layer will quickly appear, which will be difficult to remove.
You can purchase a kettle cleaner in any hardware store. The composition of the so-called "decalcifiers" includes acids that cope well with the removal of plaque. You can use folk remedies - vinegar, citric acid, baking soda. They effectively help in the fight against fat and other contaminants.
In order to return the kettle to its original form, in no case should you use the mechanical plaque removal method. It is strictly forbidden to scrape plaque from the walls and the heating element with knives and other sharp objects. Otherwise, it may result in breakage of the kettle, damage to the case or spiral. Even if the layer of calcareous deposits is too large, such manipulations can become destructive.
A much more effective way of cleaning can be called chemical. The use of special tools, which include reagents, allows you to quickly soften the layer of scale, which will not be difficult to remove. Before you start cleaning the kettle, rinse it from the inside, carefully rubbing the walls with a hard washcloth (not metal).
Alternative agents can also be used as reagents:
- citric acid;
- apple or table vinegar;
- vinegar essence.
The listed products are suitable for combating scale in metal, plastic and glass teapots.
Models from different materials
Aluminum kettles are very popular among consumers, which, like all other devices, need regular cleaning. In such cases, activated carbon helps, which you can buy at the nearest pharmacy.
To do this, you need about 13-15 tablets of activated charcoal per 1 kettle, crush the tablets into pulp and apply on a slightly damp surface of the kettle. Leave for 1 hour. Rinse off with warm water and remove the residue with a soft towel.
Stainless steel kettles are no less popular due to their futuristic design. However, every housewife knows that they need careful care. When choosing a kettle from a stainless steel, be prepared for the fact that the procedure for removing contaminants will have to be carried out almost every week.
To return the product to its original form, use the following method. In a deep metal container, mix heated water with soda at the rate of 1 tablespoon per 1 liter of liquid. The kettle needs to be immersed in a basin so that it is completely under water. Put this design on medium heat and boil for about half an hour. After cool the product and wipe with a soft sponge.
For greater effect, 9% vinegar can be added to hot water with soda. Remember, you need to choose a container so that the kettle goes completely under water.
All kitchen utensils must be washed from time to time, including a teapot. It is not always possible to wash the plaque from the tea leaves with an ordinary detergent. This is especially true for the strainer, washing of which often turns into a time-consuming and unpleasant process. We offer a simple way, after which your teapot will be as good as new.
Take one or two teaspoons of citric acid or the juice of one lemon, baking soda, 5- or 8% vinegar and prepare a hot solution. Pour it into the teapot and let it brew. These acids break down even stubborn dirt.
If you want to remove a small layer of tea inside the teapot, you can use soda. However, this tool is not suitable for a French press, as grains of soda can clog into small sieve holes, which will not be easy to wash.
Few people know that tea plaque is well removed with plain kefir. This method is good for cleaning glasses and cups. Soak the dishes in kefir for the night, this will wash even long-term pollution.
Using vinegar, lemon, citric acid, or purchased chemicals, always wear protective gloves and a respirator.
Vinegar is an excellent tool for cleaning glass teapots. It is quite effective in the fight against scale, and is often used as a disinfectant. Alternatively, you can use apple cider vinegar at the rate of 1 cup of vinegar for 4 cups of water.
To remove impurities, mix vinegar with water, warm the kettle a little and cool to room temperature. Gently rub the walls of the kettle with a soft cloth. Repeat the procedure if necessary.
It is believed that the most difficult to wash a copper kettle. However, knowing the effective methods, you can easily cope with this task. A small layer of dirt can be easily removed with a normal detergent. But a more effective remedy can be called lemon. Rub the contaminated areas with lemon and rub them well with a soft brush.
You can add shine and shine to the product with vinegar and coarse-grained salt. Mix these ingredients and rub the kettle, and copper will sparkle again with colors.
So that you don’t have to deal with the scum that has been eaten, prevent its appearance, following simple rules:
- use filtered or settled water for boiling;
- boil water only once; for the next boil, pour fresh;
- rinse the kettle before each boiling to prevent white lime flakes from settling in it;
- as a preventative measure, clean the kettle once a month using one of the above methods.
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