Clean kettle. Hello vinegar. Bye-bye limescale.

Descaling the kettle with vinegar and water is easy and quick. Forget paying for descalers for kettle cleaning. You already have it in your house.
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Kettle = the easiest kitchen item to clean and descale.

Cleaning the kettle with vinegar and water. That’s the simplest natural cleaning solution you can make to get your kettle shinning again. It’s quick and so, an effortless kitchen cleaning task

Follow the following 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 kettle, if water is left inside while unused. 

It eventually damages your kettle and changes the taste of the water. Besides, it’s pretty gross to see it shamelessly floating around :). 

Vamonos, let’s clean that kettle with vinegar power.

Plain and simple instructions on how to clean the kettle with vinegar (video):

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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. White vinegar, Red vinegar (at least 5% acidity).

Hit the PLAY button to watch the Youtube VIDEO with instructions. If you can’t watch the video now, scroll below and read the written steps.

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Descaling the 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 (acidity at least 5%). If you have a milder vinegar (less than 5% acidity) use only vinegar, without water. Or let it run 2 cycles. 

While you’re cleaning your kitchen, do you have an issue with burnt pans bottom? I did, solved it.

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Try the vinegar method once and you'll use it everytime you'll see limescale in your kettle

STEP 1

Removing the limescale build on the BOTTOM of the kettle

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A common issue: limescale deposits 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

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Add a glass of vinegar inside your kettle

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.

On a side note, in case your glass cooking top is covered in leftover burn marks, you might want to see how I made my stove top like new.

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If you neglected your kettle for a long time, it probably looks like this 🙂

STEP 2

Removing extreme limescale deposits on the sides of the kettle

In case your kettle is covered in limescale up to the top, apply STEP 1, keep the warm vinegar inside and then fill the kettle with tap water up to the MAX level and run A FULL CYCLE

Again, kitchen cleaning related stuff, this is how I got rid of the bad smell of my kitchen cloths and towels

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Complete with water to MAX. level and run a full cycle

STEP 3

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.

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Soak a cotton pad in the warm water+vinegar mixture and leave it on the affected areas of your heater

STEP 4

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.

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Here's the result

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. 

To prevent limescale from forming, get yourself used to throwing away the water in the kettle and giving it a quick rinse after each use.

You’ll still have some, but less. Anyhow, now you know how to clean a kettle quickly it in just a few minutes 🙂 

I had to reward myself with a nice cup of tea for this tiny task 😀

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Time for a nice cup of tea (without limescale)

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?

If you’re wondering if drinking water with limescale deposits is unhealthy, the answer is no. Actually, it contains calcium which is good for bones. But it’s still unpleasant to see it floating around in your food or drink. 
 
Generally, limescale is an enemy. It attaches itself like a groupie on the pipes, appliances, the stuff in your bathroom, your dishwasher, your washing machine. It also affects your skin and hair. 
 
Limescale also has a superpower: it is a great motivator for cleaning your house 🙂  

  • Other methods for descaling the kettle?

If you want to do it with a natural cleaning solution, besides vinegar, you can use lemon juice. If you don’t care about cleaning naturally, there are many specific descaling products on the market.
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Use the vinegar method to keep your kettle happy 🙂

Did this kettle cleaning method work out for you as well?

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 🙂

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