Descale your kettle fast with this vinegar cleaning trick

Furred up kettle ruining your brew? Clean it in no time at all with something you probably already have in the cupboard – vinegar

Cleaning a kettle with vinegar
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If you don't know how to clean a kettle with vinegar, you could be wasting lots of money (and time) on specialist products for the job. Here's the secret – pretty much all shop-bought kettle descalers contain an acid such as citric acid or acetic acid. Vinegar is just a solution including acetic acid so have that and you have a ready-to-go kettle cleaner.

If your kettle is furred up with limescale and in need of a clean, follow the steps below. Should it be scaled up beyond repair or broken as a result of scale damage, check out our list of the best kettles.

Oh and by the way, you are going to need white vinegar for this. Not the nice white wine vinegar you use in salad dressings, just white or distilled vinegar. We buy a big batch online and store under the sink for cleaning jobs like this.

How to clean a kettle with vinegar

1. Rinse the kettle to remove any loose scale.

2. Fill the kettle three-quarters full with a 50/50 mix of water and white vinegar.

3. Boil the kettle and unplug it.

4. Leave to stand for half an hour.

5. Rinse out the liquid, then refill and boil a couple of times with fresh water to remove the vinegar. Done!

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