one house, two cups by Tracy Crisp | Jul 31, 2007 | old school blogging | 7 comments one house, two cups Originally uploaded by adelaide writer On the left, this morning’s warm-the-cup water straight from the kettle. Any guesses as to what that gritty stuff might be? And on the right, the cup I just found on my desk after a three week absence. How much did this house miss me? 7 Comments SQ on July 31, 2007 at 11:42 am It’s grit from a build-up of Adelaide water in your kettle. I’m sure it doesn’t do you any harm, and it’s only noticeable when you warm your cup. And when you get to the dregs. Which I always leave anyway. However, if you want to avoid distressing your clean freak friends, boil the kettle and pour in copious amounts of bicarb of soda, boil again. Then empty out and boil a couple of clean kettles. This doesn’t resolve the problem completely, but does help quite a bit. Reply SQ on July 31, 2007 at 11:43 am And I’m so glad it’s not just me that a) warms my cup and b) has grit in the bottom of it. Reply bec on July 31, 2007 at 12:45 pm Clearly, your house missed you: just not enough to wash up while you were gone. Bugger. Reply ThirdCat on July 31, 2007 at 1:39 pm SQ – you were the one taught me the importance – in fact, necessity – of warming one’s cup. Bec, in truth, I think everyone is just so scared of touching anything on my desk that even if it had grown a carpet of mould they wouldn’t have touched it. Reply Mummy Crit on August 1, 2007 at 8:49 pm Is it Adelaide water residue, or kettle-innards residue? I only ask ‘cos we get a similar thing here, though it is much less pronounced since I’ve started using only filtered water in the jug. I love Brita. Reply The Devil Drink on August 2, 2007 at 11:22 am Any guesses as to what that gritty stuff might be? I’ve some suspicions. A roach clip near the kettle would confirm them. Reply ThirdCat on August 2, 2007 at 11:53 am eeewww…even I feel squeamish at that thought! I’m going to try the baking soda option. Reply Submit a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.