I live in a soft water area. The other day I took a peek inside my kettle
and was disgusted.
I ordered the below. ?2.27.
Okay, I did give it a few blasting, but the insides of my kettle are now
Were in North Essex - hardest water on the planet.
We use Astonish All purpose descaler in our kettle - shifts scale in
next to no time.
Get 5 goes out of a 1 litre bottle - about £1 from Savers, QD stores,
the range etc.
All Astonish products are excellent value for money - and work!
I use citric acid crystals, too. I buy Kgs at a time, and it's not
expensive. One advantage is that it's food grade, so I know it doesn't
matter if I don't rinse it completely, apart from the drinks maybe
tasting a bit odd. (I like lemon tea, anyway!)
Buyers often make silly choices.
My wife and I wanted a bog-standard white plastic jug type of kettle, so
we went to a large John Lewis store. No chance! However, they had what
must have been around 50 different designs of kettle - all 'futuristic',
bulky, expensive and as ugly as hell - the sort of thing that I can't
see many people wanting to buy. In the end, we got exactly what we
wanted for ?12 at Sainsburys (white - not purple!).
On holiday a couple of years ago, I found the kettle badly furred up. My
son didn't like the taste of tea made with the tap water, so I used
bottled water and flakes of limescale came off in the water a number of
times, so I decided to clean it out.
All I had to hand was vinegar. I put some in, boiled it, emptied it out,
rinsed a number of times and ended up with a beuatifully clean element.
I don't know if something has changed since then, but we have been back
a number of times and, up to three weeks ago, it has stayed clean.
In the one case I have tried it it worked well - I haven't needed it
otherwise as we live in an area with extremely soft water.
I was definitely not accusing you of not being helpful, merely
suggesting an alternative that had worked for me, using materials that I
had to hand at the time and that other people likely have in the cupboard.
One of the best tools for minimising the deposition of scale in the
first place is the ball of 'stainless steel wire wool'.
They last essentially for ever. Every week or so, to wash off the scale
that has formed on it, take it out of the kettle and crunch it up while
rinsing it under running water - or, to avoid the bits of scale going
into the drains, in a bowl of water which you then can tip out somewhere
in the garden. Then put it back. This way, the kettle only needs a light
de-scale every three or four months.
On Wed, 19 Sep 2018 23:13:34 +0100, Ian Jackson wrote:
I'd want to be sure that it didn't contain lead. Some 'free-cutting'
stainless steels have lead to lubricate the tool, so a large surface area
exposed to the water could be A Bad Thing.
As an aside, apparently there's some concern in the USA over lead in water
that's been inside stainless steel taps overnight. I always run off a drop
at first use - never know what might have crawled up there.
While stainless steel obviously contains various additional elements, I
have no reason to believe that these 'wire wool' scale preventers
contain lead. They have been available for decades, and are exceeding
effective (certainly not snake oil). I would expect questions would be
being asked if there was any suspicion that they were a health risk.
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