How to descale a kettle with vinegar

A simple cleaning hack for how to naturally descale a kettle of limescale, using white wine vinegar. This descaling tip is so easy and takes minutes, so you can do it every week without it taking up loads of your time. #descaling #limescale #vinegar #Cleaning #CleaningTips #CleaningTricks #CleaningHacks #HouseholdHacks #Greenclean #Greencleaning #Greencleaners #Cleaningtips #CleaningHacks #Cleaning #housework #houseworktips #vinegar

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Here’s a simple cleaning hack for how to naturally descale a kettle of limescale, using white wine vinegar. This descaling tip is so easy and takes minutes, so you can do it every week without it taking up loads of your time.

How to descale a kettle with vinegar

Do you live in a hard water area like I do?

If you do, you are probably very familiar with the issue of limescale build-up. 

It builds up super quickly in our house and it is a pain.

The kettle is particularly prone to getting furred up with limescale. 

And who wants a cup of tea from a scaled up kettle?

Not me!!

Easy, chemical-free way to descale a kettle

Luckily there is a super easy way to descale a kettle. 

One that doesn’t involve any nasty chemicals.  

In fact it uses white wine vinegar.

I’m rather fond of using vinegar as a natural cleaning product.

It’s on my list of 10 Essential Natural Cleaning Products

Any essential supermarket brand will do. 

Plus it only takes a couple of minutes to do. 

It’s a two-step process. 

Read on to find out how.

Descaling the outside of a kettle

Pour some white wine vinegar onto a cloth or piece of kitchen roll. 

Wipe the entire kettle, including the hard to clean nooks and crannies, with the cloth or sheet of roll. 

For stubborn limescale, simply soak a cloth or sheet of kitchen roll in neat vinegar and leave it laying on the limescale stricken area. 

It’s amazing how shiny and new your kettle will look super quickly. 

A simple cleaning hack for naturally descaling a kettle of limescale using white wine vinegar. This cleaning tip is so easy and takes minutes, so you can do it every week without it taking up loads of your time. #descaling #limescale #vinegar #Cleaning #CleaningTips #CleaningTricks #CleaningHacks #HouseholdHacks #Greenclean #Greencleaning #Greencleaners #Cleaningtips #CleaningHacks #Cleaning #housework #houseworktips #vinegar
HOW TO DESCALE A KETTLE WITH WHITE WINE VINEGAR

Descaling the inside of a kettle

ingredients!

  • 250ml (approx one cup) of white wine vinegar – the essential supermarket range will totally do
  • Add 250ml (approx one cup) of water to the kettle

method

Pour the white wine vinegar into the kettle.

Add the water.

Boil the kettle then let it cool for a few minutes. 

Steam will come out of the spout of the kettle as it boils and will continue to come out as it cools down. 

The steam will help get rid of limescale build up in the spout. 

Swill the cooled vinegar and water around in the kettle to make sure to reach every last bit of limescale. 

Empty out the vinegar solution, wipe the spout to remove any last traces of limescale (make sure the kettle has cooled down before you do this).

Then fill the kettle right up with water, boil it and discard the boiled water. 

Fill again with cold water, swill and empty. Repeat one more time, to be sure to remove all traces of vinegar.

You then have a shiny as new, lime scale-free kettle ready to make a nice cup of tea with. 

Chemical-free natural cleaning

Want to know some really great ways to use all-natural, chemical-free products for time-saving ways to clean?

Check out my 10 Genius Time Saving Cleaning Hacks – there are more ways to use vinegar to clean in there!

I’ve also got a post on how to clean burnt pans to get rid of hard to remove burnt-on food.

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6 thoughts on “How to descale a kettle with vinegar”

  1. Hi didn’t work for me. I poured equal parts of both liquid as you stated.
    Sorry I was eager to cease using chemicals but well. Guess not my luck!

    1. Hello Janet, I’m really sorry to hear that. We live in a really hard water area, so the limescale is pretty bad and it works every time for me. Perhaps you could try it with a higher percentage of vinegar to water?

    2. Shoulda worked tho –
      try…
      leave mixture in kettle for longer – maybe 1-2 hours.
      still not OK? – then leave overnight.
      Bigger build up of limescale needs more time to shift.
      🙂

      1. Yes, good point. I am a bit of a stickler on the limescale front, so I do our kettle every couple of weeks, which means it’s never a huge job, though it is amazing how much can build up when you’re in a hard water area.

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