Eco Friendly Kettle Descaler Recipe

Eco friendly way to descale your kettle with natural ingredients

I love a good cuppa or coffee, and so my kettle get’s used a lot. But that also means that it gets a coating of limescale inside quite frequently. It doesn’t help that I happen to live in a hard water area, either. For that reason, I find myself descaling my kettle a lot. I want it to last, but more importantly, I don’t want to be sipping on flecks of limescale. No thank you.

Prior to making my life a little greener, I would purchase those descaler powders or liquids from the supermarket. You know the ones I mean? The ones with the huge warnings printed everywhere about the substance being corrosive and not to inhale the fumes. Alarm bells should have been ringing a long time ago but, like many people, I thought that no one would ever make something that could be bad for my health. I can remember always being paranoid about rinsing my kettle out after using a descaler, so much so that I swore I could taste it in my tea.

Eco Friendly & Natural Kettle Descaler

I almost feel a bit bad passing this off as a recipe, because really, it’s not. It’s just something that I discovered after greening my life, and something I wish I’d known about sooner. I’ve talked previously about my household cleaning using vinegar and lemons. It was then that I truly realised how amazing vinegar is. It literally dissolves limescale before your very eyes.

I think you can guess the natural and eco friendly ingredient for my kettle descaler… VINEGAR!

Descaling Your Kettle With White Vinegar

Vinegar is absolutely amazing at dissolving limescale in a kettle. It’s cheap to buy and not to mention it’s not toxic to your health. Win win!

How to descale your kettle with white vinegar:

  • Fill half way with water
  • Add white vinegar to a little below the max fill line
  • Switch on your kettle and boil
  • Let it sit for about 20-25 mins

At this point, the limescale should have dissolved. If your kettle is quite heavily scaled up, I would recommend using filling the kettle only 1/4 of the way with water, and up to just below max fill line with white vinegar and juice of half a lemon to really shift the limescale.

After you’ve done this, just rinse the kettle out with cold water and leave the lid open/off to allow the vinegar smell to dissipate. And that’s it! It really is that easy. No more toxic chemicals in your kettle, woo! Make sure to check out my post on how to make a natural cleaning spray that actually works, too!

Have you tried this or will you try it? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. 22nd May 2017 / 7:45 am

    I now use vinegar and tried sodium bicarbonate too. Previously used those sachets of goodness knows what in the past as well! Here’s to simple green & healthier ways to clean!

  2. Shannon
    22nd May 2017 / 9:10 pm

    I’ve always used vinegar, but only because my mum used it to descale stuff when I was growing up. I didn’t even realise you could get descale packets until really recently!

    • 22nd May 2017 / 10:13 pm

      Yeah they’re awful. The fumes that come off them when in the kettle is AWFUL.

  3. Heather Link
    23rd May 2017 / 12:32 am

    Wow, I didn’t know that vinegar would devolve limescale. Thanks for the tip!

  4. 23rd May 2017 / 9:16 am

    I need to do this, my kettle is terrible!

  5. 23rd May 2017 / 9:19 am

    That’s such an easy way to descale your kettle and is just using things you’ve probably got at home anyway x

  6. 23rd May 2017 / 10:20 am

    Ooo I didn’t know about that, so will be trying it out on our kettle later today.

  7. Becca
    23rd May 2017 / 12:11 pm

    Ooh Im going to start using this instead. Sounds like a far better idea than those hideous sachets.

  8. 23rd May 2017 / 8:22 pm

    I use white vinegar for other cleaning duties but I never thought of using it to descale a kettle. What a great recipe x

  9. Helen
    24th May 2017 / 9:00 pm

    I use white vinigar for quite a lot of cleaning / householdy things but never thought to use it in the kettle. Thanks for the tip I’ll definitely try it out!

  10. 24th May 2017 / 10:29 pm

    Great tip! When I used to live in a different area we had such a problem with limescale, luckily we don’t get it where we live now.

  11. 25th May 2017 / 10:05 am

    I never knew how to do this. I am going to try the vinegar. Our kettle needs a good clean out!

  12. 26th May 2017 / 10:27 am

    You have so many good tips that are not only eco friendly, but save money too.

  13. 26th May 2017 / 5:01 pm

    This is a much healthy way to descale the kettle I add 1 teaspon of citric acid crystals to the water in the kettle and boil it to descale mine. I will try this if I run out of citric acid crystals.

  14. 26th May 2017 / 9:10 pm

    I really need to descale my kettle so I am going to try this instead of buying something from the store. Thank you.

  15. 27th May 2017 / 6:20 pm

    Oh I didn’t know that! What a great find your site is and I am going to descale my kettle this way from now on. Thanks, Elinor x

  16. 28th May 2017 / 12:47 am

    I actually always use white vinegar to descale my kettle and my shower head, but I’d never thought about the environmental impact. I’m glad I’ve been doing the eco-friendly thing 🙂 x

  17. 30th May 2017 / 1:05 pm

    I use white vinegar for a lot of things around the house and definitely for descaling the kettle x

  18. Viki Marden
    30th May 2017 / 9:14 pm

    We recently found out about using vinegar so that’s what we go to now.

    • 1st June 2017 / 4:53 pm

      It’s so great for limescale, isn’t it? And to think years prior, I’d wasted money on expensive sprays that aren’t as effective!

  19. christy b
    15th June 2017 / 10:57 am

    that’s amazing….I will have to try it next time it’s time to descale.