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The perfect cup of tea does not include whatever mineral build-up goes on inside the kettle. Photo: Kulinenko.G (Shutterstock) At the risk of sounding British (one of my greatest fears), I find myself saying “ it’s tea time ” no less than eleven times a day. Especially when the leaves change colors–literally or metaphorically, depending on where you are–there’s nothing better than curling up with your warm drink of choice. But when was the last time you checked out the inside of your tea kettle? I know that my kettle is like a good pair of jeans, in that I can put it through a lot of use before considering whether it’s long overdue for a proper wash. Here’s why it’s probably time to clean inside your tea kettle, though, and how you can get it done with materials you already have around your kitchen. How does your tea kettle get gross? You’re just using a tea kettle to boil water, right? How bad can it get? Take a peek inside your kettle and you might see the mineral deposit build-up that occurs when you go more than a few weeks without cleaning it. Most likely what you’ll find is limescale , a white, chalky deposit that commonly forms around your sink or bathroom tiles. According to American Home Water and Air (AHWA), limescale is composed of the calcium and carbonate ions found in hard water ( here’s AHWA’s breakdown of hard versus soft water ). Additionally, if you […]