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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?
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.
Descaling the inside of a kettle
- 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
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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