Cookware & Cutlery

How to Descale the Kettle and Coffee Maker

How to Descale the Kettle and Coffee Maker

One of the biggest problems with kettles and coffee makers is that lime scale can seem to build up on them very quickly. And because we very rarely look inside them it can build up quite severely before we notice. This means that when it comes time to clean the kettle or coffee maker, getting rid of what has accumulated is not easy.

But there are easy ways to remove the built up lime scale from your kettle and your coffee maker.


Commercial kettle descalers are not only expensive, but loaded with incredibly harsh chemicals that are potentially harmful for you and the environment.Below is a method that will descale your kettle naturally and very cheaply!

You will need.

Half a bottle of white vinegar

The juice of three lemons or a half of a bottle of lemon juice

A sponge and some rubber gloves

Half fill the kettle with water and bring it to the boil. Next you will need to add the lemon juice to the water and leave it for around 30 minutes.

Add the vinegar to the kettle and leave in for an hour but if the lime scale on your kettle is particularly bad then you may want to leave it for longer.

Boil the kettle, please not that you must leave the kettle at this point when it is boiling, the mixture will foam and should not be left unattended.

Then you need to pour the mixture away. Allow the kettle to cool slightly and wipe the insides of it with a sponge or scourer. Fill the kettle with water and boil again. Pour the water away and rinse the kettle a couple of times until the smell of vinegar has disappeared.

Coffee maker.

Firstly you will need to make sure that the filter basket is in place. Make a solution of one part vinegar and one part water and pur it into the coffee maker where you would normally pour the water.

Turn the coffee maker on and allow the solution to drip into the coffee pot. Once it has completely finished then pour the solution out of the pot and rinse the pot and the filter.

Pour clean water into the coffee maker and switch it on again, allow the water to drip into the pot again and rinse it again once it has finished. You may need to repeat this process until you have removed the smell of vinegar.