Whether you’re a cup of tea, or a cup of coffee, person in the morning, there aren’t many of us who don’t start the day by flicking on the kettle to make a cuppa.

But, how often do you empty the kettle and re-fill it with water before boiling the kettle? Most of us are probably guilty of re-boiling the kettle on occasion. However, the experts have spoken and shared their views on why you should never, ever, reboil the kettle.

Chairman of the UK Tea and Infusions Association, William Gorman told The Telegraph that boiling the same water more than once results in a “dull” taste. Therefore ruining your cuppa.

“You need freshly drawn water for a good cup because reboiling it takes out all the oxygen and nitrogen out of it” Gorman explained.

But what if your cuppa goes cold before you’ve had a chance to drink it? Well, Gorman would strongly advise against re-boiling the kettle to top up your tea. Instead, he suggests microwaving your drink for 15-20 seconds instead! (we can hear you grimacing!)

“When you microwave tea all you’re doing from a scientific point of view is just moving the molecules around and getting it back up to a decent temperature. It is not impacting the flavour at all,” he said.


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However, more concerning is the fact that re-boiling the kettle could be potentially harming your health.

Julie Harrison from Improve Your Health said, “The chemicals in the water get concentrated, things like nitrates, arsenic and fluoride. Every time you reboil the water, they get more concentrated, and you really don’t want to be having them in your body.”

Don’t forget that if you purify your water, or it’s distilled or deionised, then re-boiling the water in your kettle should be fine. Harrison is referring to ordinary water that contains dissolved gases and minerals.