How to Remove Limescale in an Electric Kettle

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How to Remove Limescale in an Electric Kettle
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Contrary to its name, limescale is actually a build-up of calcium. When hard water containing high levels of calcium is evaporated, the white, chalky limescale will remain. Electric kettles that evaporate hard water on a regular basis will have significantly more limescale accumulation. Luckily, it is easy to remove limescale in an electric kettle using only a few household items.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • White vinegar
  • Steel wool

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Fill the electric kettle halfway full with one part water and one part white vinegar. The white vinegar will slowly dissolve the limescale from inside the kettle.

  2. 2

    Bring the vinegar solution to a rolling boil. Turn the heat off and allow the liquid to sit in the kettle overnight. This will give the mixture enough time to dissolve most of the limescale.

  3. 3

    Pour the vinegar water out of the electric kettle. Fill it a quarter of the way full with cool water and swish it around, then pour it back out.

  4. 4

    Use steel wool to scrub the inside of the electric kettle. Most of the limescale should come out at this point.

  5. 5

    Rinse the electric kettle with cold water to remove the smell of vinegar. If any limescale remains inside, repeat the procedure as necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • A scouring pad can be used in place of steel wool to clean the inside of the electric kettle.
  • Never leave the electric kettle turned on overnight, as this is a fire hazard.

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