Appliances, Eco-Friendly

How to De-scale a Kettle Quickly


I figured I should do a hot and steamy post since it’s Valentine’s Day, but I promise to keep it PG. 🙂 I love a hot drink during the winter months to help keep me warm and cozy but I don’t love the hard water build up that comes with it. I typically dump out the old water before boiling some new water, which means it has time to sit and scale up my kettle. I probably won’t change my ways since I don’t mind de-scaling my kettle when it needs it.

To de-scale your kettle you will need:

  • water
  • vinegar
  • stove (optional)


  1. Add roughly 1 1/2 cups of vinegar to your kettle then fill it the rest of the way up with water.
  2. Bring the vinegar and water mixture to boiling then allow it to cool down. The steamy vinegar will do the work to break down the buildup and disinfect at the same time.
  3. Warn your family member that the water has vinegar in it or they will think the water is for hot chocolate and try to make some.
  4. After allowing the water to cool, dump it out and rinse.

Done. Easy. Clean. I only had to put forth the effort of 1-2 minutes to fill it up and dump it out since I asked Husband to turn off the burner while he was in the kitchen. He asked excitedly if I was making hot chocolate and I said “No, I’m cleaning.” I like love cleaning when it means sitting on the couch and watching the Olympics. I also love that this method doesn’t use any harsh chemicals unlike other methods I’ve used. (For the record, I’m still alive without any side effects so far…)

Happy Cleaning and Valentine’s Day!


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