Kettle cleaning hack that removes limescale in seconds and only costs 28p

Kettle limescale builds up incredibly quickly, particularly for those who live in an area of hard water.

One minute everything is fine, and the next you’re drinking your morning coffee, wondering how it’s both slimy and flaky at the same time.

Don’t worry though, as removing limescale from the kettle doesn’t have to be difficult. According to Mrs Hinch fans, it can take just “seconds” if they use one natural household cleaning agent – and it’s not baking soda or white vinegar.

Taking to the Hinch Army Cleaning Tips Facebook page, one woman asked for some advice on how to remove limescale from her kettle.

Christy Whitton wrote: “Morning! My husband says we need a new kettle, I say it just needs a clean!

“However, we have scrubbed, tried baking soda, soaking in white vinegar and it’s barely moved. I refuse to give in! Any tips? We don’t have hard water so never had this issue before.”

Christy shared two photos of her kettle that had brown limescale covering the base.

Group members in the comments were in agreement that if baking soda and white vinegar didn’t work, then citric acid would need to be used.

Helen Crickmore said: “Citric acid. Half-fill your kettle and bring to a boil, add two tablespoons of citric acid and leave for a few seconds, empty and rinse. Fill and boil once and empty and you are good to go.”

Ann Marie wrote: “Citric acid works really well, so much better than white vinegar and baking soda.”

Dawn Cooper commented: “I live in a hard water area and my kettle gets covered in extremely stubborn limescale. 

“I use a couple of tablespoons of citric acid about a mug of water and boil it in the kettle. Leave it to cool and keep swishing it around occasionally. You will be amazed.”

Lorraine Andrews said: “Citric acid, cleans within a few seconds and no scrubbing is required.”

After taking onboard the comments, Christy tested out the citric acid kettle cleaning tips and was impressed with the results.

Posting a picture of her sparkling descaled kettle, Christy wrote: “Thank you guys! The citric acid worked a treat. My kettle is like new.” has put this citric acid kettle cleaning tip to the test and found it to have worked instantly.

Dri-pak citric acid can be picked up at B and Q for £2.25. As this hack only requires two tablespoons of the product, this works out as 28p.

Citric acid is a great all-round cleaner. It kills bacteria, mould, and mildew, and is brilliant for general disinfecting and cleaning.  

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