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Cleaning Mineral Deposits from a Tea Kettle

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An old metal tea kettle on a stove.
Vinegar can be a helpful natural cleaner to remove build up inside your water kettle. This guide is about cleaning mineral deposits from a tea kettle.


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May 27, 20070 found this helpful

What is the best way to clean lime off of a tea kettle?

Wendy from Apple River, IL

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May 31, 20070 found this helpful
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If you have any old lemon juice in the fridge that is too old to be used, boil it in the kettle. Or boil vinegar in the kettle. A couple of soakings, boilings and thorough washings will help. Then use filtered water to keep the pot cleaner.

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 27, 20071 found this helpful

Just boil with salt and vinegar for approx. five minutes. Works a treat. It softens the lime then just wipe it out. I just tried it and it worked in a jiffy and now the inside of my kettle is beautiful again. GOOD LUCK!

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November 21, 20060 found this helpful

What can you boil in a kettle to remove mineral deposits from tap water?

Elaineb from Trenton Canada


RE: Mineral Deposits in a Tea Kettle

Soak in vinegar or a coffee pot cleaner. Also my grandmother also used one or two marbles in the bottom of her teakettle to prevent this!! Use clean marbles! (07/11/2006)

By Daisy1010

RE: Mineral Deposits in a Tea Kettle

Dito with the vinegar, soak it for about an hour, I turn my kettle on for 'ti it is almost boiling then let it sit for an hour.

After that, rinse well, and put in a mixture of water and baking soda, let soak for about 10 minutes and swish and rinse 'til it is gone and that will help to eliminate the odour of the vinegar. (07/14/2006)

By ElectricChameleon

RE: Mineral Deposits in a Tea Kettle

To remove mineral deposits from a tea kettle just add a cut up lemon and leave overnight. In the morning, the kettle will be sparkling clean. I do this with my stainless steel jug and it comes up brand new inside. (07/14/2006)

By paridaul

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November 25, 20060 found this helpful

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The vinegar and water boiled in a tea kettle works best. Thanks for the


Cece Frank

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May 28, 20070 found this helpful

havent tried this but i believe that that putting a small marble (round glass bead) in the kettle (leaving it in all the time) will remove limescale from the inside by basically chipping away at it whilst is boiling. Several people have sworn to me that it works but my wife still uses the commercial de-scalers.

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May 28, 20070 found this helpful

Soak with baking soda and vinegar for a bit. Then add rice and swish around.

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May 31, 20070 found this helpful

Typos! I meant to say, if you have any old lemon juice that you don't want to use, get one last usage by boiling it in the kettle!

Too early in the morning to type! Haven't had my tea yet!

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January 30, 20160 found this helpful

I just tried this method and it worked WONDERFULLY! SOO simple and no stinky vinegar smell ... I LOVE IT! Thank you for posting this helpful idea! :)

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By 5 found this helpful
September 27, 2010

Get rid of lime deposits in a tea kettle by adding 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar to the water and letting it sit overnight.

If more drastic action is needed, boil full-strength white vinegar in the kettle a few minutes, let cool, and re-use the tea kettle with plain water. Don't pour the tea kettle vinegar down the drain.


You can freshen the drain if you first pour about 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, then pour the hot vinegar down the drain. Or, you could use the vinegar to kill weeds. Make it do double duty!

By fossil1955 from Cortez, CO

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September 29, 20100 found this helpful

Why would you not pour the tea kettle vinegar down the drain?

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September 27, 20101 found this helpful

I bought a second hand kettle from my charity shop, but never checked the inside. So, I need to really descale it. Can you use ordinary malt vinegar or cider vinegar, as all the tips say to use white vinegar? I just wondered what the difference is? Many thanks.


By Helen from UK


Removing Build Up from Tea Kettle

You could use malt or cider vinegar as well; sometimes they are more expensive here in North America, so that is why white is suggested. As I said in a previous post, you might look for a special kettle descaling product or CLR if you have that product in the UK. Either would be a stronger acid, which would speed up the process if there is a lot of scale. (05/24/2010)

By louel53

Removing Build Up from Tea Kettle

I have used this. Cut a lemon in quarters and put in the kettle. Fill with water and boil. Then rinse out it works great. You may need to do this a couple of times. (05/25/2010)

By shellmax

Removing Build Up from Tea Kettle

I use borax. I put it in, add a little water to make a paste, let it sit for 30 minutes or so and scrub with a sponge. Rinse out well and several times. This is an all natural product so I would not suggest eating it, it is safe to use this way. (05/25/2010)

By cutepachef

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May 23, 20100 found this helpful

Does anyone how to descale a kettle? How often should I descale it?

By H.Arnott from UK


Removing Build Up from Tea Kettle

Pour vinegar in it and let it sit for a few hours. You could heat the kettle as well, to speed up the chemical reaction. There are also stronger descalers for sale in the hardware store or grocery store, or you could use CLR. Descale it whenever there appears to be significant build-up. Kettles take longer to boil when there is a lot of scale. (12/22/2009)

By louel53

Removing Build Up from Tea Kettle

I'd use vinegar to clean it now. To prevent having buildup again, get a furr collector. It is a little thing of wound up wire and it will go through the opening in the tea kettle. I got mine in London (while on a great trip) years ago and I still use it. (12/22/2009)

By suzin

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December 19, 20090 found this helpful

To remove the buildup from the inside of a tea kettle, a friend told me this method.

Fill the tea kettle with lemon juice (bottle from juice section in grocery store is OK). Put in enough juice to cover the buildup. Leave it alone for some six hours, twirling the pot occasionally to swirl the juice.

Empty and wash clean.

By Holly from Dallas, TX


Removing Build Up from Tea Kettle

Vinegar is a frugal natural room freshener (once the smell dissipates) and it removes mineral deposits. I fill my kettle or coffee pot with vinegar, heat it, then turn it off to sit for 2 hours. Dispose of vinegar, it freshens your drains, then run clear water through your nice clean pot.

Love and Prayers,
Linda (11/10/2005)

By lindaljh1

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