How to descale a kettle

Limescale can be a huge frustration if you live in a hard water area – particularly when it builds up inside your kettle.

While it isn’t harmful to health, the tell-tale chalky white build-up of minerals can impact the taste of your tea, and leave unpleasant white bits floating in your drink. Descaling your kettle can extend its life and improve performance.

So, what’s the easiest way to clean and descale a kettle?

Remember to always check your kettle’s instructions first.

How to descale a kettle with vinegar:

  • Fill your kettle with equal parts water and white vinegar
  • Let it sit for 30 minutes
  • Discard the solution and rinse the kettle with clean water
  • Repeat as needed
  • Fill the kettle with clean water, boil once, and discard the boiled water before using the kettle

Close up of black Ninja KettleIf you prefer to use a shop-bought descaler product, follow the directions on packaging.

If your kettle has a removable limescale filter, such as the Ninja Perfect Temperature Kettle, you should regularly remove it and run it under a hot tap until clean.

If you struggle with hard water, try these top tips to soften your home’s water.