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Jan. 20th, 2009 | 10:32 am
posted by: prophetsong in greenliving_uk

I want to descale my kettle using vinegar but am confused by conflicting advice when I tried to do a Google search. Has anyone tried this and what do you do? Thanks in advance :)

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mrs_ralph

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from: mrs_ralph
date: Jan. 20th, 2009 11:10 am (UTC)
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Depends on the type of kettle but generally I fill up with white (distilled malt?) vinegar to the scale level heat the kettle and vinegar, turn off the heat and let it stand for a couple of hours to see how it is doing. I pour off the vinegar into another container, wipe down the kettle and if it isn't clean enough I pour the vinegar back in and repeat as needed until I am satisfied it as clean as it is going to get, then I rinse it like crazy so my tea won't taste like vinegar.

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Sass

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from: sashajwolf
date: Jan. 20th, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
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This is how I do it, too, except I use any kind of vinegar that comes to hand - it doesn't have to be white.

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m_nivalis

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from: m_nivalis
date: Jan. 20th, 2009 11:13 am (UTC)
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Essentially you just put a vinegar/water solution in your kettle and let it boil. Afterwards, boil a full kettle of water, just to get any residual vinegar out of it, so it won't affect the taste of your next cup of tea. The problem is knowing what amount of vinegar to use, as that depends on the percentage, which I've found is rarely if ever stated on the British vinegar bottles (perhaps it's something you are brought up knowing?). So I've been using the Swedish concentrated stuff from the Swedish shop on Crawford Street (London, near Baker St tube station). With that, it's 1 part vinegar and 6 parts water. You don't have to fill the whole kettle, just the part that's got limescale encrusted on it. The steam will take care of the rest. I'm not sure if they sell Swedish household vinegar at IKEA or not, if you live far from London.

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Sarahloo!

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from: sarahloo
date: Jan. 20th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
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I don't think proportions matter that much - just try it and see what works for you. Vinegar won't do you or your kettle any harm. I'd use distilled/white but I imagine malt vinegar will work just as well :)

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