Kettles are primarily filled with tap water. This is why kettles often tend to descale. Since the water should be supplied to the body, you should preferably descale the kettle naturally. We have summarized below for you how you can naturally descale the kettle.
The kettle has established itself very well
The price for kettles is not too high. In addition, water can be heated faster than using the kettle on the stove top. Reason enough why there is a kettle in many households today. The kettle is then used for a wide variety of tasks:
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- for putting on coffee or tea water
- for pouring broth or ready-made soups
- for other hot drinks
Usually tap water is heated
What all these applications have in common is that the water heated in this way should be supplied to the body. Now tap water in Germany is of drinking water quality. That is why tap water is usually also used for the kettle. However, the composition of tap water is very different from region to region.
So also hard, calcareous water
Above all, the hardness of the water and thus the dissolved lime content are important aspects when heating tap water. Whether it is a washing machine, kettle or kettle - limescale is deposited everywhere on the surfaces where the water is heated. With devices such as the kettle that heat the water electrically, i.e. on the heating rods.
Before the heat from the heating rod can heat the water to the desired temperature, the lime layer must of course also be heated accordingly. This means that the kettle now not only needs more time until the water is hot enough or is boiling. This also increases power consumption accordingly.
Drinking water - therefore natural descaling of the kettle is preferred
Therefore, descaling all appliances in the household at regular intervals is a matter of course. Especially in regions with very hard water. Strictly speaking, if the steam cleaner is no longer steaming, it could be cleaned with a commercially available decalcifier, as can steam irons and other devices that do not heat drinking water, but things look different with the kettle.
You can descale the kettle with these natural products
Who would like to drink water from a container that has previously been descaled with an aggressive chemical agent?? So many people prefer to descale the kettle naturally, i.e. with natural agents that are significantly less harmful. There are various natural remedies for this, which are often grouped together as home remedies for descaling. These include in particular the following products or. Substances:
- Vinegar or vinegar essence
- citric acid
- Baking soda or baking soda
Descale the kettle naturally with vinegar, baking soda and baking powder
If you naturally want to descale your kettle with vinegar, it is best to fill it in undiluted. Pour enough vinegar into the kettle so that the heating element is completely immersed in the vinegar and heat the vinegar briefly.
Now let the vinegar soak in, preferably for up to 2 hours. The kettle is then rinsed and can be used again. You can also dilute the vinegar with baking soda or baking soda in addition. Add either a teaspoon of baking soda or baking powder to a liter of water.
Descale the kettle with vinegar essence or citric acid
Using vinegar essence, dilute 1 part vinegar essence with 4 parts water. Otherwise it is the same procedure as with vinegar. With citric acid, you also have to pay more attention to it.
Only use cold water when descaling with citric acid
The mixing ratio should be one teaspoon of citric acid powder to one liter of water. Now comes the important part: in contrast to natural descaling with vinegar, where you can also heat the vinegar, descaling with citric acid is done with cold or, at the very least, lukewarm water. The water mixed with citric acid must not be heated!Tips & Tricks If water is heated with citric acid and lime is present, a different chemical process occurs. Calcium citrate is produced from the lime. Calcium citrate cannot be removed at all. For this reason, devices with automatic heating should never be descaled with citric acid.
This applies, for example, to devices such as steam cleaners, coffee machines or hot water washing machines. Despite these restrictions, citric acid is still often used for descaling because it is not only natural, but also does not cause the unpleasant smell, such as when descaling with vinegar.