Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Cleaning that brown mark out of the bottom of your jug!

A friend gave me one of those amazing clear jugs with the pretty blue lights for Christmas after I coveted hers during a coffee and a chat last year. I love that I can see how boiled the water is and how many litres my husband is putting in there for his single cup of coffee and I really, really love the blue lights despite them not adding anything to the boiling of the water!

But being a clear glass jug, I could see the dark build up on the base of the jug that is conveniently hidden from casual sight in a metal or plastic jug. I opened the top a few times and had a bit of a scrub but it didn't seem to work and I was reluctant to use more than detergent in it as I drink out of that jug regularly and wasn't keen on poisoning myself with oven cleaner with my next cup of tea.

Then I recalled reading something about using citric acid to clean out the build up in your jug and thought I would give it a go one afternoon.


Here's what I did...

First I dug out my container of citric acid (available in the baking isle along with baking powder and tartaric acid in the supermarket for around the $3 mark)

I popped a decent tablespoon into a litre of water and went to get my camera.


By the time I got back - a whole 30 seconds - the jug was just starting to simmer and the mark was completely gone!


So in my experience its a quick and easy method and I'm annoyed that it was so quick as I don't have a before photo to show you! I thought it would take a few minutes of boiling and I didn't see anything between big brown mark on the bottom of the jug and bright shiny bottom of the jug!

I would say it was a successful experiment and one that is not only cheap, easy but very, very quick!! I use citric acid when I make whole milk ricotta at home and know that its ok to digest (not that I'll be eating by the spoonful!)
 
Have you tried this? How did it work for you?

Score card:
Green-ness: 5/5 for using a more natural chemical to clean things with!
Frugal-ness: Another use for citric acid that makes the $3 well worth it
Time cost: Much less than I had anticipated!
Skill level: Speed photography - or even just the camera to hand if you want to record this amazingly quick process!
Fun-ness: Its nice to see the shiny bottom of the jug again!

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