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How to clean a kettle: Is it dangerous to drink limescale by accident?

Limescale is inevitable where there’s tap water, so you’ll definitely find at least a little bit in your kettle. If…

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Limescale is inevitable where there’s tap water, so you’ll definitely find at least a little bit in your kettle. If you’ve had a peak inside your kettle and been shocked at what you’ve found, it’s probably time to clean it. Express.co.uk reveals everything you need to know about getting rid of limescale in the kettle.

The team at Dri Pak said that if you have water hardness, then every time you use an appliance like a kettle or iron, then limescale will be deposited as the element heats up.

They explained: “Not only does this make the heating element less efficient (as energy is expended heating up the mineral deposits), but it causes corrosion of the metal.

“If you’ve never descaled your kettle, iron or coffee machine before and there are heavy limescale deposits then there’s a possibility that the heating element beneath could be severely corroded.

“Once you’ve descaled it, then you may find that it was largely the limescale that was holding the elements together.”

How to clean a kettle

You should clean cleaning your kettle to get rid of the limescale festering in your kettle bit by bit.

According to Lynsey Queen of Clean, it’s best to clean your kettle the natural way.

You can either use white wine vinegar or lemon juice.

Start by filling the kettle up with half white wine vinegar and half cold water.

Leave the kettle to sit for an hour with the solution in the kettle and then boil it.

Empty your kettle and if you have limescale, the lumps will come away when pouring.

Fill the kettle again with cold water, boil it and then rinse out any remaining vinegar before you use it.

If you don’t have white wine vinegar or can’t stand the smell of it, use lemon juice.

Lynsey Queen of Clean recommends buying lemon juice from the cooking aisle in the supermarket so it can be used for baking too.

She said: “This is a less toxic way of de-scaling your kettle and you know that even if you did end up drinking the solution you are not going to come to any serious harm.”

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