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!