Like most people in the UK I use an electric kettle to boil water for tea and coffee. The trouble with this is the kettle will quickly end up with a large build up of lime scale. If dealt with regularly it wont actually do any damage to the kettle, however after an extended period of time lime scale can build up and start to make the kettle look yucky (have a look at the first picture of my kettle), so I like to use this simple, low cost and natural way to clean my kettle from all traces of lime scale and calcium.
To naturally remove lime scale in kettles all you need is white vinegar and water; no toxic chemicals are required just white vinegar (must not be malt vinegar) which can be bought for less then £1 from you local supermarket and will clear your kettle 2/3 times so a very low cost method!
How to Remove Lime scale from a Kettle
I simply fill the kettle with water until all the affected areas are covered and set the kettle to boil. Once it’s finished I’ll add white vinegar (1/4 of the water in the kettle) and watch as the scale fizzes away in front of my eyes. I then simply let the kettle sit for around an hour and the lime scale will be completely dissolved. Have a look at image 2 to see a live example of my kettle.
I do this every couple of months so it doesn’t require much time to remove all the limescale. If it’s been a while since you last de scaled your kettle it may be worth trying a stronger mix of white vinegar and leaving it over night or perhaps repeating this process a couple of times. Be sure to re-boil the kettle with fresh water a couple of times before use.
This is the easiest, cheapest and safest way to completely remove lime scale from your kettle so well worth a try. If you give it a go I’d love to see before and after pictures of some heavily built up kettles so we can show how effective this natural cleaning method is.
This eco cleaning solution can also be used to clear lime scale from pots and pans and any other item that has a build up of lime scale. Do you have any items you use this method on? Let me know in the comments below.