How to clean your kettle with a lemon

The disgusting photo that shows why you should clean your kettle NOW – and the ONE household staple you’ll need for sparkling results

  • A countryman warned about the dangers of not cleaning your kettles regularly
  • He also offered up a simple method for immediate sparkling clean results
  • The man chops up two lemons and fills his kettle with water before turning it on
  • He uses the method every time the inside of the kettle turns black or discoloured 

A man has warned thousands about the dangers of not cleaning kettles regularly – and offered up a simple method for sparkling results.

Nat, from Queensland, grows twenty-year-old lemon and orange trees in his backyard and regularly uses fruit from them to deep clean his kettle.

‘This is a real money saving hack,’ he said. ‘I use lemons to clean my kettle when it gets black inside.’

Nat revealed that keeping a kettle clean will prolong its shelf life and help users avoid ingesting solid minerals.

Nat cuts up two lemons, fills the kettle with water, and boils it twice before rinsing it out

Nat cuts up two lemons, fills the kettle with water, and boils it twice before rinsing it out 

‘I have lemon and orange trees that are loaded,’ he said. ‘They’re mostly given away to friends, family, and customers at work.’

But the lemons have an alternate use as well.  

Nat cuts up two lemons, fills the kettle with water, and boils it. He then waits for it to still and turns it on again before rinsing it out.  

‘The black bits on the inside of the kettle is from the water due to the hardness of it,’ he said. 

Nat added, ‘Hardness in drinking water is mainly the result of the presence of large amounts of two minerals – calcium and magnesium.’

Hard water can also cause scale to form on hot water pipes and fittings, which is a hard, chalky deposit, consisting mainly of calcium carbonate.

Limescale renders kettles useless and they will then need to be replaced. 

Keeping a kettle clean will prolong its shelf life and help users avoid ingesting solid minerals

A regional countryman offered up a simple method to clean kettles for sparkling results

A regional countryman warned thousands about the dangers of not cleaning their kettles regularly – and offered up a simple method for sparkling results 

Nat, from Queensland, grows twenty-year-old lemon and orange trees in his backyard and regularly uses fruit from them to deep clean his kettle when the inside turns black

Nat, from Queensland, grows twenty-year-old lemon and orange trees in his backyard and regularly uses fruit from them to deep clean his kettle when the inside turns black

He shared his expert tip on a Facebook group called Markdown Addicts Australia

Thousands thanked him for the simple cleaning trick, and few shared some methods of their own.

‘This is a great tip,’ said one woman. ‘I was just about to clean my kettle wish a brush and some soap, but I’m going to try this instead!’ 

‘Leftover lemonade works just as well if you don’t have lemons on you,’ shared another woman. ‘And plus, it smells delightful.’

She added, ‘I just boil lemonade with water, let it sit few minutes, and repeat. Then I just rinse it out and it’s sparkling clean.’

‘I’ve done this for years and don’t have to worry too much about making sure it’s totally rinsed – as lemon tea tastes better than vinegar or chemicals!’

While a dash of vinegar can also be used to clean kettles by using the boiling method, residues may curdle milk if not rinsed out properly afterwards

While a dash of vinegar can also be used to clean kettles by using the boiling method, residues may curdle milk if not rinsed out properly afterwards

Many also revealed that there was another household ingredient that can be used to clean kettles – but warned against a common mistake.

‘I use a dash of vinegar when I don’t have any lemons or lemonade on hand and also works fine,’ wrote one man.

‘But remember to empty the vinegar water and boil the kettle again before tipping it out completely,’ said another.

He added, ‘Otherwise you’ll be wondering if your day-old milk is off because your coffee keeps curdling.’

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