affects how efficient a kettle is by covering the heating element, so it will take longer to heat up the water.

Not only can this shorten the lifespan of the , it can also increase the amount of energy you use to boil water.

This means Britons will likely be paying more for their usage, as well as needing to fork out for a new kettle sooner than expected.

Paul Benjamin, digital marketing manager, Kinetico, said: "The main cause of limescale comes from living in a hard water area, as the limescale is caused by a build up of calcium and magnesium minerals found in hard water.

"While you can descale a kettle, hard water also causes limescale build up in boilers, washing machines and dishwashers, which are harder or much more costly to clean.


"There are a few ways to remove limescale from your kettle. You can buy products designed for kettle cleaning at most supermarkets, but it will usually be cheaper to use a natural cleaning option, like white vinegar.

"To do so, fill your kettle three quarters full with equal parts of water and white vinegar. Leave the kettle for at least an hour or overnight for the best results.

"Boil the kettle and then leave it to stand until completely cooled before pouring out the water and rinsing out the kettle."

Use a long handled brush or scourer to scrub out any remaining residue as well as the sides of the kettle.

Once all of the limescale has been removed, make sure to fill the kettle with clean water and boiling again, repeating until there is no limescale whatsoever.

Limescale dissolves easily with a mild acid, so something like ordinary white distilled vinegar from the supermarket is an excellent tool to get your kettle clean and sparkling again.

Barry Gray, a home appliance expert and the founder of The Tools Square exclusively told "Removing limescale from a kettle can help homeowners save money on utility bills.

"Limescale is a build-up of calcium and other minerals that forms inside electric water heaters and boilers. It's often difficult to remove, which means it costs homeowners more in utility fees.

"By regularly cleaning and descaling your appliance, you can reduce the amount of limescale that forms, reducing its ability to disrupt function and aesthetics.

"Because this process is simple and quick, it can be done quickly at home without any significant investments or modifications required.

"By correctly maintaining your appliances (including your kettle) that are subject to limescale build ups you can save approximately £30 per year - or 3p per day per appliance."

Washing machines can also be cleaned with white vinegar by placing the product in the drum or in the detergent drawer.

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