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Discussion in 'Tradie Advice' started by Trevor loves holden., Aug 16, 2019 at 4:34 PM.

  1. Trevor loves holden.

    Trevor loves holden. Active Member

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    Ok don't no if I'm in the right place but I thought to add this, is your kettle got water stains inside and you want it cleaned well this works for me!! It removes that built up scale on the bottom steel plate where the element heats and helps it boil better.
    1/2 cup white Vinegar and 2 whole lemons squeezed.
    Let it sit for 5min then boil but not all the way as it will flow out, once you see it start to rise stop it, then just use a bottle brush and scrub till shinny.
    Rinse it out a few time then add half water boil it then drain. Now your Kettle will operate as new.
     
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    immortality Home of the smoky breakfast Bacon! Staff Member

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    I like my lemons squeezed...

    Fit a water filter on your drinking water source and you won't get any contamination to begin with and as a bonus the water doesn't taste foul when drinking it.
     
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    We used to have a filter on our drinking water container and found that it wasn't needed. Our water
    is clean and tastes pretty good.
     
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    immortality Home of the smoky breakfast Bacon! Staff Member

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    And yet the kettle is full of crap. Those are minerals and hard metals etc that are in the water that you won't taste. We use a carbon filter in the kitchen and the kettle stays nice and clean.
     
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    So what is it caused from? I know they put chloride in the water is it that or something different? I have to clean it once a month. So the Carbon filter you speak of on your tap?
     
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    You don't need a bottle brush, just half boil it a couple of times and all the blackness will disappear.
    Interesting point about the filter, but the body actually needs trace quantities of metals and stuff to function properly so who knows if it's doing you good or slowly killing you...
     
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    True, I herd that the chloride they add causes dementia like mouth wash but who knows if we believe everything we be just eating grass and drink water, they say that's why a lot of people teeth are now looking like they did before they put chloride in as to many people drink bottled water.
     
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    I use citric acid from the supermarket to clean my still. Works a treat. Cant see why it wouldn't work on a kettle.
     
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    I tried that descale stuff but it was useless and smelt yuk, I have a lemon tree so I use the acid from them.
     
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    citric acid is used in cooking...not sure what exactly but its found in the supermarket area where they have flour and cake mixes etc. I don't recall it having any smell.
     
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    Instead of cleaning kettles, just find a decent water supply.
     
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    Don't need the lemons, just plenty of white vinegar will do it (more than 1/2 a cup). Throw in any stained spoons while you're at it. Boil once before bed, let it stand overnight, boil again in the morning then rinse thoroughly. Removes coffee/tea stains, scale, etc.
     
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    We basically have this in the kitchen for drinking water. https://www.trademe.co.nz/home-livi...ViDUrCh17XQiOEAYYAyABEgLa0vD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

    True but I'm sure water isn't the only source of the minerals and metals you need to survive. Chlorine is added to water to prevent nasties from growing in the water pipes and does nothing good for you and is the primary reason we have the filter for drinking water.
     
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    Chlorine evaporates rapidly from the water. Let stand for a min or two and should be ok.
     
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    Thanks for that but my tap come out of the wall, I have a look and see what's available.
     
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    Maybe, but when I want a glass of water I want it now, not in a few minutes. I don't mind a little chlorine smell when I'm in the pool but can't stand it when I poor a glass of water and it smells like a pool.
     
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    We have a high calcium level in water over here in the west and a filtre does nothing... Nothing! * waves fist at the tap *

    We also have salt levels in excess of WHO standards in many places in the Perth metro area. Filters won’t fix that in Perth either :(

    Kettle cleaning is imperative to a good cup of Extra Strong Yorkshire Tea.

    I second OP’s post.
     
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    If you ever get the chance, have a drink from the raw water sample tap at a water filtration plant. Tastes 10x better than after it's treated.
     
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    You wouldn't try this in Mathinna, water comes straight from the river and has unacceptable levels of ecoli, prior to treatment.
     
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    Jesus. Do you live in India or something? :D
     

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