Appliances in your house help you enjoy your lifestyle by performing easy and time-saving activities. Unfortunately, we have to deal with limescale buildup on these appliances every once in a while. Even if you live in a location with soft water, limescale can still build up on your appliances. Normally, limescale appears as a white or green accumulation on the inside of heating machines like a steam iron or brewer.
That said, let us look at ways of getting rid of limescale build-up on various household appliances.
To keep limescale at bay, mix half white vinegar and half water in a squeeze bottle and use it as a standard bathroom cleaning spray. It works perfectly on bathroom tiles, basins, and taps when cleaning is done regularly. However, remember to follow up with a thorough rinse with plain water. Dip a paper towel or cloth in the vinegar solution and put it over the tap to remove the limescale, then leave it for a good few hours.
It’s possible that you’ll have to scrub a little to get all of the residues out. Alternatively, take half a lemon and squeeze out some juice, the tap spouts if you don’t like the vinegary scent. After that, saturate a towel in lemon juice and wrap it around the remaining tap. After cleaning, always rinse thoroughly with plain water.
Unplug the showerhead and wash it in a half-water, half-white-vinegar solution for some hours. After soaking, rinse the jet holes with ordinary water and use needles to remove any leftover scale. Carry out this procedure every two weeks and your showerheads will never be blocked by lime.
Kettles and Coffee Machines
Here’s how to remove limescale from your kettle. Fill the kettle halfway with water and halfway with white vinegar, and set it aside overnight. The limescale will readily rinse out in the morning. Make sure you rinse it well to get rid of any vinegary odors. To get rid of limescale in a coffee maker, pour the vinegar solution into the water compartment and run the machine through its cycle. This is done without the coffee and the process is repeated twice more with plain water.
However, note that some coffee machines come with their own descalers. That said, check the machine manually to see whether the machine says to use its own descaler. This is because failing to use the branded one may invalidate the warranty.
Descaling the Dish Washer and Washing machine
Pour the white vinegar into the dishwasher’s base and run the machine through a wash cycle. It will not only remove the limescale but will also freshen up your appliance. In your washing machine, replace your regular detergent with a huge cup of white vinegar or lemon juice and run the machine empty on a standard wash cycle.
Why is Descaling of Household Appliances Important?
Increases the Life Span of Appliances
Generally, clean and well-maintained kitchen appliances survive longer than their unclean counterparts. While cleaning, you might also spot minor faults that need to be addressed, avoiding the need for expensive repairs in the future.
Lowers Energy Bills
Dirty appliances will use a lot of electricity to deliver the desired outcomes, resulting in high energy expenses. A dirty oven, for example, will require more energy to focus its heat on the food within. Cleaning your kitchen appliances on a regular basis, on the other hand, will ensure that they operate well, saving you money on your energy bills.
Results into a Healthier Family
Germs, fungus, and pests thrive in filthy kitchen appliances. Notably, they also act as carriers for a variety of fungal infections that can spread throughout your house. As such, cleaning your appliances will ensure that you and your family eat clean, contaminant-free food, lowering the risk of infection or illness. Keep in mind that bacteria flourish in dirty environments, making regular cleaning a necessity
According to research, many health complications are caused by a lack of hygiene at home. Failure to clean home appliances is a big part of having a dirty home. That said, we must take care of these appliances in the same way they take care of us. Regular cleaning and descaling are both necessary to keep your appliances functioning smoothly.