Cleaning star Mrs Hinch, whose real name is Sophie Hinchliffe, shot to fame after she shared her cleaning tips and recommendations on social media and TV. The cleaning enthusiast has now managed to gain over 4.1 million followers on Instagram. Now, fans of hers have created their own social media groups dedicated to cleaning and tidying tips.
On one of the groups, which has over 709,000 members, a woman asked how she can successfully descale her kettle.
She asked: “Please help, I need a natural descaler for my kettle, we live in a hard water area and I am fed up of all the scale and paying out for a new kettle every six months.”
The most common suggestion was to use “lemon juice” or a lemon.
You can buy a four-pack of lemons from ASDA for just 54p, working out at just under 14p per lemon.
Another said: “Lemons. Once I’ve used the juice I chuck the rest in the kettle, boil it a couple of times.
“Leave it over night. Make sure you don’t forget to rinse it out in the morning before making a cuppa!”
Another person suggested using lemon juice or vinegar.
“Lemon juice or vinegar overnight, then rinse, job done,” they said.
Another cleaning fan said: “Get the concentrated lemon juice in a bottle and splash a good few table spoons into some water (about a mug full of water) and boil a couple of times – will be like a new kettle!”
One individual said: “Cut a lemon in half and drop it in, just leave it for about half an hour, do it once a week. I learned this when I bought a glass kettle.”
Another social media user suggested: “Lemon juice! I use it to the descale kettle.
“Just squeeze into the kettle and leave for around half an hour then boil and empty.”
Another person explained: “I have a clear glass kettle so I have to clean mine weekly with a lemon.
“Cut it in half, squeeze lemon in the kettle then add the lemon halves.
“Shake around for a bit, leave it for about half hour add a little water, then boil.
“Shake it around again then use the lemon and rub all over [the kettle] then rinse and it’s done.”
Other suggestions included using white vinegar, denture tablets, a water filter or a pebble.
“I live in a hard water area and just use white vinegar as soon as the lime scale starts to build up,” said one person.
Another user said: “Now don’t laugh but my mum-in-law of 87 swears by the pebble in a kettle trick.
“She lives in a hard water area and never cleans out her kettle so perhaps it works.”