Hard water leads to calcium and magnesium deposits inside the kettle, which you may not notice until scaly white pieces float out into your hot drink.

Thankfully, you don’t have to use harsh chemicals to get rid of limescale in the kettle.

Cleaning enthusiast Resooma posted to TikTok one simple method to descale a kettle using a common household ingredient.

“An effective and natural way to descale your kettle is to use slices of lime and its juice,” said Resooma.

She advised people to fill their kettle to the “halfway” point with water from the sink.

The next step is to simply add in the slices of lime, and some of its juices, and then boil the kettle with the lid on.

“Let it sit for 10 minutes,” Resooma explained, showing off the timer on the video. Once 10 minutes have passed, you can pour away the water, then swish some water around the kettle.

You can then refill the kettle with water and boil again, which should leave the kettle free from limescale. One fan, Carmenza, said: “I do that and my kettle is always clean.”

How about limescale around the rest of the home?

Unsightly, white deposits of limescale can build around bathroom taps, showerheads and the toilet.

Another common household ingredient that could clear limescale without the use of harsh chemicals is lemons.

Ideal Home recommends lemon for small amounts of limescale buildup in the home.

What you will need:

  • A lemon (or lemon juice)
  • Toothbrush (clean)
  • Paper towel
  • Microfibre cloth
  • Zip-lock bag
  • Elastic band

Method for taps

  1. Rub on lemon juice and scrub with a microfibre cloth or a clean toothbrush, then rise off with water.
  2. Buff the taps with a separate dry microfibre cloth.

For more limescale buildup on the sprout, fill a zip-lock bag with lemon juice, tie it around the sprout with a hairband, then leave for an hour.

Once the hour is up, remove the zip-lock bag and rise the sprout with water, then dry and buff with a microfibre cloth.