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Adagio's avatar

Can anyone advise me how to prevent limescale developing in a brand-new kettle?

Asked by Adagio (14050points) January 26th, 2018

I ask because my previous kettle developed it and it was hard to get rid of it. I thought there may be some way to prevent it developing at all; perhaps a regular treatment with something or other?

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zenvelo's avatar

Scrub with vinegar once a week.

Adagio's avatar

@zenvelo is that something you have done yourself, with success? : ^)

Love_my_doggie's avatar

Use filtered water. I fill my teakettle from a trusty Brita pitcher, and I’ve never had any mineral deposits. The Brita company even sells a kettle with a filter; I don’t believe it’s sold in the U.S., though.

zenvelo's avatar

@Adagio I have not used it on a kettle, but I have used it on a coffee maker. I put two cups of vinegar into the coffee maker reservoir, then turned it on so it would run through the whole process.

Adagio's avatar

@zenvelo Interesting, thanks for that, I wonder if adding some vinegar to the water in a full kettle and boiling would do the trick. I wonder how much vinegar you would need, and I also wonder about getting rid of the smell?

@Love_my_doggie I have a Brita water filter but 98% of the water is not used for anything food related, so tapwater it is I’m afraid. Great idea though, and if I was going to be ingesting drink or food I would definitely be using filtered water.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

I run ½ pot vinegar through my coffee maker a couple times a year instead of water. Then I run a full pot of water to clean out the vinegar.

I can’t see the heating element. I am guessing about the necessity. In a kettle you have the advantage of seeing what is going on.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

WE have a water softener then it is run through a reverse osmosis ,and our kettle is just over twenty years old and still looks brand new.

snowberry's avatar

Buy the cheapest white vinegar you can find. There’s no point in buying nice vinegar for cleaning. And you can re-use it until the acidity is gone.

Vinegar is a great cleaner, de-scaler, and deodorizer.

Adagio's avatar

After reading your suggestions and further looking on the Internet, I have decided to make sure the kettle is always emptied of water at night and wiped dry. I am also going to add vinegar to the water once a week or so, boil the kettle and rinse well. Hopefully this regime will prevent the development of limescale. One thing I learnt from a website was not to leave the kettle full of water at night, and to wipe dry at the end of the day, after 57 years of life I had not been aware of this.

RocketGuy's avatar

We use reverse osmosis water in our coffee maker.

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