Cleaning a kettle is a chore often forgotten about, but it can make a huge difference, according to experts.
Mark Greig, head of supplier management at nationwide electrical appliance experts, Marks Electrical, told Express.co.uk: “Whether it’s being used to make a morning coffee or help boil rice for dinner, our kettle gets lots of use throughout the day.
“Unfortunately, over time this leads to white deposits, known as limescale, building up in kettles.
“Not only does limescale build-up ruin a nice cup of tea, it also affects the efficiency of the appliance as well.
“At a time when energy prices continue to rise, it’s never been more important to maintain your kettle and ensure it operates as efficiently as possible, reducing the overall cost of your bills.”
If limescale builds up in the kettle, it will have to work harder to heat the water, using more energy.
After some time, this can increase “running costs”, according to Mark.
The expert added: “Thankfully, removing limescale from your kettle is a fairly straightforward job and is therefore easy to keep on top of.
“The most effective way to clean your kettle is with the white vinegar and water method.
“To do this, you need to fill the kettle up with a solution of half vinegar and half water and let it soak overnight.
“Be sure that no one tries to use it during this time.” In the morning, make sure to give it a thorough rinse to avoid any vinegar going into drinks.
He said: “You should be able to see the limescale falling off pretty easily.
“For the final step, boil the kettle with fresh water and empty it one more time just to get rid of any lingering odours from the vinegar.
“To maintain the kettle over time and prevent limescale build-up from getting too bad in the future, it’s a good idea to purchase a kettle protector.
“This will mean that you won’t have to worry about cleaning it so regularly because the stainless steel ball will work to attract deposits away from the base and sides of the kettle.”
Lemon can also be used to clean the kettle in the same way as white vinegar.