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How to Descale an Electric Kettle

Updated February 21, 2017

If you've noticed white flakes in your tea or coffee, it's time to descale your electric kettle. Lime scale is a result of boiling water with high levels of calcium. Although it is not harmful or toxic, built-up lime scale can clog the spout. Fortunately, you don't need any special cleaners to get rid of lime scale.

Add 1/2 cup of white vinegar to the kettle.

Pour 2 cups of water into the kettle.

Boil the vinegar and water mix for a few minutes.

Pour out the mix and rinse the kettle with clean water.

Repeat this process if all the lime scale was not removed. Wash the kettle with soap and water before its next use.

Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
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After accidentally stumbling into a journalism class at University of North Texas, Abby Vaun has been writing ever since. She honed her skills writing for "The Dallas Morning News" and as a copy editor for Earle Palmer Brown in New York City. From Dallas to New York to L.A., she has enjoyed freelancing for 10 years and expanding her knowledge through her profession.