Scale buildup in kettles can increase ‘running costs’ – the ‘most efficient’ way to clean

Cleaning the kettle is an often overlooked chore. However, keeping control over the job can prevent a build-up of limescale, a white chalky substance. According to Harvey Water Softeners, drinking from a kettle with limescale is safe, but it can impact taste and leave a chalky white buildup floating around in the drink. Mark Greig, head of supplier management at national electrical appliance experts, Marks Electrical, told “Whether it’s used to make coffee in the morning or help boil rice for the dinner, our kettle gets a lot of use throughout the day.

“Unfortunately, over time this leads to white deposits, called limescale, which build up in kettles.

“Not only does limescale buildup ruin a good cup of tea, it also affects the efficiency of the appliance.

“At a time when energy prices continue to rise, it has never been more important to maintain your kettle and ensure it is running as efficiently as possible, reducing the overall cost of your bills .”

If scale builds up in the kettle, Mark said the appliance will require more energy to heat the water.

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Sarah Dempsey, cleaning expert at MyJobQuote, told that descaling the kettle can make it boil much faster.

Sarah said: “It makes it more energy efficient and depending on your energy tariff it could save you between one and three cents every time you brew a cup of tea.

“It’s not a huge saving, but if you use your kettle regularly it will add up over the course of a year.

“You can use a store-bought descaler or just use white vinegar or lemon juice.”

The cleaning expert recommended boiling the kettle and letting the mixture sit before rinsing it out.

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