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Descaling your kettle

Updated on January 21, 2011


The major cause of damage to kettles is limescale and your kettle will require regular maintenance to ensure that it continues to work properly. Limescale deposits build up overtime, blocking important parts of the kettle and stopping it from working properly.


  • Descale every few months
  • Don't wait for limescale to build up before you descaler
  • You can buy descaler in many high street shops
  • Clean the limescale filter if your kettle has one

Types of problems caused by limescale build-up:

  • Colour - Limescale will discolour your kettle.
  • Performance - your kettle will take longer to boil (wasting electricity) and eventually will switch off before it has boiled.
  • Taste - limescale can give the water a chalky taste and limescale flakes will give a gritty texture.

Other care tips:

  • To clean the outside of your kettle use a soft, wet cloth.
  • The first time you use your kettle the water may taste of plastic. Always boil your kettle a couple of times before you use it to make drinks. If the taste persists add 2 teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda to the full kettle, boil and discard the water.
  • Most kettles will cut-out if they boil dry. If this happens, consult your instruction manual.


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    • jim.sheng profile image

      Dalriada Books Ltd 6 years ago from UK

      I tried vinegar recently, it's quite effective. Just bring the water to half boil, and pour enough vinegar, wait for ten minutes, then wipe the kettle with a sponge.