How to descale your kettle … kitchen helper


Have you taken a good look inside your kitchen kettle?  What you might see is whitish or brown deposits on the base and the element. They’re unsightly and certainly not what you want floating about in your cup of tea.  Read on to find out how to easily get rid of them with a basic household ingredient.


What is scale?

Scale, otherwise known as limescale or insoluble calcium carbonate, forms inside your kettle and will eventually corrode it. While not harmful, it can break off in the boiled water, turn up in your cuppa, and has a metallic taste.


How to descale your kettle

You should descale your kettle every few months with this simple method:


·      Add 25g (approximately 2 tablespoons) of citric acid to 1 litre of water.

·      Boil, and then leave to stand for 15 minutes.

·      Discard water and rinse well.


At Hill Street citric acid is available in the McKenzie’s range of baking products located near the baking powder.  Citric acid is also great as a lemon juice substitute, for use in pickling, and to make bath bombs.

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