Descaling the kettle with vinegar and water, a natural cleaning solution, is an effortless task. Follow these steps and your kettle will be as bright as new in no time.
Limescale builds up quickly on the bottom of the kettle and it can get up to the top of your heater if water is left inside for a while.
It eventually damages your kettle in time and changes the taste of the water. Besides, it’s pretty gross to see it shamelessly floating around 🙂
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If you’re wondering what kind of vinegar you can use for cleaning your kettle, the answer is any type of vinegar you have lying around.
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Cleaning your kettle with VINEGAR and WATER. Step by step instructions.
All you need is a glass of vinegar and some water. Any kind of vinegar you have around is going to do the trick.
Removing the limescale found on the BOTTOM of the kettle
Pour vinegar inside your kettle, as much as to cover the bottom and a bit of the affected sides. Turn your kettle on for about 30 seconds, or until you see the limescale detaching.
To be able to see the limescale flee, you can keep the lid open, as there’s little liquid inside and there’s no danger of the hot bubbles getting out.
If doing this is enough to get your kettle sparkling clean, skip to STEP 4 to get rid of the vinegar smell.
If limescale has built its way up to the top of your kettle, continue with the following steps to descale the whole thing.
Removing extreme limescale deposits on the sides of the kettle
If you have limescale junk on the pouring area
Apply step 1 & 2 and then soak a cotton pad or a paper towel in the hot vinegar+water mixture and leave it for about 1 hour on the limescale affected areas, or until you can easily get it out with the abrasive part of a sponge or a wire sponge.
Getting rid of the vinegar smell and taste after cleaning the kettle
Just run your kettle on a full cycle once or twice with clean tap water.
Once you’re familiar with this method, you’ll never use a different cleaning solution for your kettle.
If you do this regularly your kettle will be in good shape for a loooooong time.
You’ll still have some, but less. Anyhow, now you know how to clean it in just a few minutes 🙂
I had to reward myself with a nice cup of tea for this tiny task 😀
If the mere existence of limescale intrigues you, read some facts 🙂
- What is white thing in my kettle?
The disgusting white thing found on the bottom of the kettle is called limescale. The specific type of limescale found in kettles is a deposit of mainly Calcium Carbonate (CaCO3) and you can blaim that on the hard water.
Hard water is just rainwater that picked up some minerals from the different type of rocks along its way to your tap.
The hard water boils in the kettle leaving a chalky deposit of mostly Calcium Carbonate, which is an insoluble substance, thus it will stay and stick to the surface. Its sole purpose is… to drive you crazy 🙂
- Is there a way to avoid limescale deposits in the kettle?
The best way to prevent limescale accumulating in time is to keep the kettle without water inside, when not in use. So keep that in mind, THROW AWAY THE WATER and give it A QUICK RINSE after each use.
Haven’t tried this myself but I know than an effective solution on preventing limescale building up in the kettle is using a water softener.
A piece of such a descaling equipment is nice to have anyway, as you will have less general issues with limescale all over the most affected surfaces in the house. For me, the most annoying limescale magnets are the taps, sinks, toilets and showers.
These water treatment systems for softening the water remove the calcium and magnesium among other minerals, before water runs through the central heating system, turning the hard water into soft water.
Because the hardness of water differs from area to area, a chemical test is usually made, to determine what descaling machine and substances you need.
There are also some water filters out there.
- Is limescale safe for health?
- Other methods for descaling the kettle?
Let me know in a comment below if this method worked for you. Tell me what’s your method of getting rid of the limescale (in the kettle). Or just say hi. It’s so much better when you receive a sign and find out you’re not just talking to yourself 🙂