Kettles are primarily filled with tap water. Therefore, kettles often tend to descale. Since the water should be supplied to the body, you should preferably descale the kettle naturally. How to decalcify the kettle naturally, we have summarized for you below.
The kettle is well established
The price of k ettle is not too high. In addition, water can be heated more quickly than via the kettle on the stove top. Reason enough why a kettle can be found in many households today. The kettle is then used for a variety of tasks:
- for putting on coffee or tea water
- for pouring broth or ready-made soups
- for other hot drinks
Mostly tap water is heated
What all these applications have in common is that the water heated in this way is to be supplied to the body. Now in Germany, tap water is of drinking water quality. Therefore, tap water is usually used for the kettle. However, the composition of tap water varies greatly from region to region.
So also hard calciferous water
Above all, the hardness of the water and thus the dissolved lime content are important aspects when heating tap water. Whether it’s a washing machine, a kettle or a water heater, limescale is deposited everywhere on the surfaces where the water is heated. In the case of appliances such as the kettle, which heat the water electrically, this means on the heating rods.
Before the heat of the heating rod can now heat the water to the desired temperature, the limescale layer must of course subsequently be heated accordingly. This means that the kettle now not only needs more time until the water is hot enough or boiling. It also increases the power consumption accordingly.
Drinking water – therefore natural descaling of the kettle preferred.
Therefore, the descaling of all devices in the household at regular intervals is a matter of course. Especially in regions with very calciferous water. While the steam cleaner, when it stops steaming, strictly speaking, could be cleaned with a commercial descaler, as well as steam irons and other devices that do not heat drinking water, it’s a different story with the kettle.
With these natural products you can descale the kettle
Who would like to drink water from a container in which previously decalcified with an aggressive chemical agent? So, many people prefer to descale the kettle naturally, that is, with natural means that are much less harmful. For this purpose, various natural means are available, which are often summarized as home remedies for descaling. These include in particular the following products or substances:
- Vinegar or vinegar essence
- Citric acid
- Baking soda or baking powder
Descaling the kettle naturally with vinegar, baking soda, baking powder
If you want to descale your kettle naturally with vinegar, it is best to fill the vinegar undiluted. Pour enough vinegar into the kettle so that the heating rod is completely immersed in the vinegar, and heat the vinegar briefly.
Now let the vinegar soak in, preferably for up to 2 hours. Then rinse the kettle and continue to use it. You can also dilute the vinegar with baking soda or baking powder in addition. To one liter of water, add either a teaspoon of baking soda or baking powder.
Decalcify kettle with vinegar essence or citric acid.
If you use vinegar essence, dilute 1 part vinegar essence with 4 parts water. Otherwise, it’s the same procedure as with vinegar. With citric acid, you need to pay additional attention to more.
When descaling with citric acid only cold water.
The mixing ratio should be one teaspoon of citric acid powder to one liter of water. But now comes the important part: unlike natural descaling with vinegar, where you can also heat the vinegar, descaling with citric acid is done with cold or at the very most 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 formed from the lime. Calcium citrate cannot be removed at all. Therefore, appliances where heating is automatic should never be decalcified with citric acid.
This therefore applies, for example, to appliances such as steam cleaners, coffee machines or hot water washing machines. Despite these restrictions, citric acid is nevertheless popular for descaling because it is not only natural, but also does not carry the unpleasant odor, such as when descaling with vinegar.