How to remove scale from the kettle - 6 home remedies

How to clean the kettle from scum

From time to time, in any water heater we find a treasure of minerals, namely deposits of magnesium and calcium salts from hard water. And if we always try to prevent the occurrence of scale in the dishwasher and washing machine, then what can we say about the kettle, where it not only affects its performance and leads to breakdowns, but also damages the health of the household.

Scale and rust in the enameled old kettle

In this material, we have collected 6 of the most effective and affordable methods at home that will help you to remove scale from the kettle. In fact, the secret of all folk remedies is very simple:

  • Scale in a kettle or electric kettle is afraid of organic and inorganic acids, so almost all methods of its removal at home are based on the use of acidic products.

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Method 1. How to clean the electric kettle from scale with vinegar

Manufacturers of electric kettles do not advise using vinegar to remove mineral deposits - after all, it is too aggressive. But sometimes without this powerful tool can not do.

Descaling in a kettle using vinegar

The method is suitable for: plastic, glass and metal kettles with a very large amount of old scale.

Ingredients: water - about 500 ml and vinegar 9% - a little less than 1 cup or vinegar essence 70% - 1-2 tablespoons.

Descaling in a kettle using vinegar

Recipe: pour the water into the kettle and boil it, then pour the acetic acid into the boiling water and leave the scale soaked in the solution for 1 hour, during which you should periodically lift the lid and check how the scale of the kettle is peeled off. If the scum has not departed independently, but only loosened, then it will need to be removed with a sponge. Do not forget to boil water once or twice in a clean kettle, and then rinse it thoroughly to wash off all the vinegar residues.

Method 2: How to remove scale from the electric kettle using citric acid

The method is suitable for: cleaning electrical kettles made of plastic, stainless steel and glass with light or moderate soiling.

Ingredients: water - about 500 ml and citric acid - 1-2 tablespoons (depending on the degree of contamination). Replace powdered acid can quarter lemon.

  • Descaling in a kettle with lemon

Recipe: we also pour water into the kettle and boil it, then pour citric acid into boiling water or put a fourth of the lemon and wait until the water has cooled for about 1-2 hours (acid that has entered hot water will “spike”). If scale is not old, then it will come off by itself. Otherwise, you have to make a little effort.Do not forget to boil water in a clean kettle, and then rinse it thoroughly.

Method 3. How to get rid of scale in a kettle of any kind using soda

Enamelled and aluminum dishes are afraid of aggressive acids, so the first 2 ways to remove limescale are not suitable for them, but you can help ordinary soda solution.

Enamel kettle

The method is suitable for: descaling both in ordinary enameled and aluminum kettles, and in any electric kettles.

Ingredients: baking soda, and better calcined - 1 tablespoon, water - about 500 ml (the main thing is that it covers the entire lime scale).

Recipe 1: To remove scale from the walls of an enamelled or aluminum kettle, you must first mix the soda with water, then bring this solution to a boil, and then leave it to boil on low heat for half an hour. At the end of the procedure, wash off the remnants of soda, for which we boil 1 time of clean water, drain it and rinse the kettle.

Descaling the kettle with soda

Recipe 2: To wash the electric kettle with soda, you need to boil water, make a soda solution, and then let it cool for 1-2 hours. A more gentle way is to pour soda into boiling water and then leave the solution until it cools completely - during this time mineral deposits will become softer and it will be easier to wash them manually.

Method 4. How to clean the kettle from scale using Coca-Cola and Sprite

This method is not the most effective and economical, but why not try for the sake of interest?


The method is suitable for: descaling in ordinary stainless steel kettles and for electric kettles, but for enameled and tin - with caution.

Ingredients: any carbonated drinks with citric acid in the composition - from "Coca-Cola" to "Fanta". But it is better to take colorless drinks, for example, "Sprite" or "Schweppes".

Recipe: First, we release gases from the drink, then we pour 500 ml of liquid into the kettle and let it boil and then cool. The result of the experiment can be seen in this video.

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Method 5. How to remove scale in a teapot using peeling apples or potatoes

Descaling in a kettle using scrubbing

This tool is suitable either for preventive care or if the limescale is still weak.

The method is suitable for: descaling of ordinary enameled and metal kettles.

Ingredients: Apple, pear or potato peels.

Recipe: Apple, pear or washed potato peel put in a kettle, pour water and bring to a boil. As soon as the water boils, leave the peel to cool for 1-2 hours, and then wash the softened plaque with a sponge.

Method 6. How to remove scale in the kettle using brine

Kettle and pickle

Since the brine contains organic acids, it can also be used to remove scale and rust. Therefore, if you have a pickle on hand from under cucumbers or tomatoes, which, as often happens, have nowhere to put it, feel free to let it go.

The method is suitable for: descaling of ordinary enameled and metal kettles.

Recipe: pour the brine into the kettle through a sieve (so that nothing extra is left in it), bring it to a boil, then leave the brine to cool for a couple of hours. Using a sponge, we clean off the remnants of lime and rust, and finally, we wash the kettle with running water.

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Some Prevention Tips

In order not to start your kettle and always drink pure beverages, follow these 3 simple rules:

  • Try to descale the kettle regularly - once a month or two months. For prophylactic cleansing, such delicate remedies as fruit peels or pickle are suitable.
  • Try to boil only filtered water. This is good for your health and for the kettle.
  • Try to pour out the remaining water that remains on the bottom of the kettle and rinse it before pouring fresh water for boiling.
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11 Comments

  1. Zhenya Vasilchenko says

    Thank! Interesting ways to experiment with a kettle can be experimented, although I don’t really trust the folk remedies. I use Kalgon for washing, it cleans very well and does not harm the typewriter. For a teapot, unfortunately I did not see such means.

  2. Dmitry Antonenko says

    “Acid that has got into hot water,“ will hiss ”” - did you really see a hiss when you add lemon to tea ??? You have a fantasy, however ...

  3. walking past says

    and you did not think what is meant is not the estuary, and citric acid powder?

  4. en2.decoratex.biz says

    Indeed, talking about citric acid, yes.

  5. Andrei Bokin says

    I know only one, the only, proven over the years and time, method of cleaning any surface, any contamination complexity, including cleaning any laundry from any stains, while achieving excellent whiteness, and at the same time, a fairly cheap way! That is even afraid to tell you! Because you rush into Magnets and make them extra profit! Why don't I want it? Because besides this money in Magites, one cannot buy anything!
    However, I will say! Domestos! Yellow bottle! It is yellow! When using, be careful in the dosage - excessiveness can destroy the dear soul thing! Forget all the other household items for purity! They are no longer needed!

    Good luck to you!

  6. Andrei Bokin says

    Kalgon is probably a good tool, but rather expensive and not as effective as Domestos. Try and you can spend the money saved on more necessary things, moreover, the drum of the washing machine will always be clean from scale.

  7. Arina vinogradova says

    Oh, can you imagine that there is an even more effective, and most importantly, cheaper (50p / 750ml) cleanser than your adorable Domestos? Itself recently learned about it. And I was surprised that I had not heard before, because I began to notice him among many friends in the household — neighbors in a hostel. And now ... now the most necessary information in my appeal to you is the name of this amazing liquid "SANOX". Congratulations, you have the opportunity to personally experience it on all of your things that need to be cleansed.

  8. Tatyana says

    A great way to help clean the pipes with soda and vinegar. The fat plug was so old that not a single super-chemical agent could clean it in 2 weeks of experiments. What was my surprise that helped ordinary homemade recipe: soda, vinegar and boiling water !!! Thank you very much. Now I enjoy washing dishes;))

  9. Ilona says

    Vinegar helped clean the kettle 🙂 Thanks for the recommendations

  10. Valentina Hmelinina says

    Thank you very much!)))))

  11. a guest says

    “” Dmitry Antonenko 03/15/2016 “acid that gets into the hot water“ starts to sizzle ”“ - did you really see a hiss when you add lemon to tea ??? Fantasy you have, however .... ""
    And you try it yourself, just stay away from the dishes with boiling water, when you pour citric acid there. The result will surprise you, I assure you. As an option, boiling water, instantly on your feet. Checked, but I managed to bounce off the plate.

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