Removing Build Up from Tea Kettle

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.

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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 Ron 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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February 2, 20180 found this helpful

If you read the complete post, you will see that the hot vinegar is poured down the drain after the baking soda. This causes a foaming action that helps clean the drain. My mom put a glass marble in her tea kettle to help keep the scale from forming, but once or twice a year she would follow the cleaning procedure mentioned above.

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