Cleaning and descaling your kitchen appliances will ensure that you and your loved ones eat clean and uncontaminated food, reducing the chances of infections or sickness occurring. Keep in mind that micro-organisms thrive in warm, moist areas so you need to clean your appliances regularly to avoid such cases. Descaling your kitchen appliances on a regular basis will ensure they are completely free of dirt, germs and any other grime that could cause them to malfunction.
How to descale using white vinegar
Fill your kettle, or other appliance such as dishwasher, with equal parts water and white vinegar.
If you’re doing the kettle, boil the water and vinegar mixture and allow to cool down.
For any other appliance, use boiling water and clean out thoroughly after.
Once the water has cooled down, pour away the solution and rinse through properly a few times.
Then, either boil just plain water or add boiling water to the appliance to rinse before tipping away, at which point it should be good as new.
To use vinegar in your washing machine, just pop a large cup of the liquid in place of where you’d normally put detergent and run on a cycle (without clothes).
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How to descale with lemon
Lemon’s acidity makes it an excellent de-scaler when it comes to the kitchen.
In a washing machine, use a large cup of lemon juice in place of your normal detergent and run a normal washing cycle (without the clothes).
In a dishwasher, pour the liquid into the base of the machine rather than the detergent dispenser.
To descale your kettle with lemon juice, fill the appliance a quarter-full with lemon juice and leave to soak for an hour.
Then, leaving the acidic mixture on, top up with water and boil it, pouring away the boiled water before it cools and rinsing the kettle several times with cold water.
Limescale deposits on flat surfaces, such as tiles, are much easier to get rid of, and you can use lemon juice to do it too.
In most cases, just scrubbing gently with lemon juice will get them good as new in no time.