Descale the kettle with vinegar

Kettles are extremely prone to calcification. Of course, there are several means of descaling. However, here we want to explain to you why it is preferable to descale the kettle with vinegar or vinegar essence.

Tap water and descaling

A kettle can be found in more and more households today. In Germany, the tap water is of drinking water quality throughout. This is the reason why kettles are mainly filled with tap water. If you do not have a high-priced kettle with a limescale filter, descaling is one of the regular maintenance work around the kettle.

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Frequency of descaling

How often the device needs to be descaled depends on the water quality on site. On request, the waterworks will inform you of the hardness and further composition of the tap water. No commercially available descaler should be used to descale the kettle. In this way, even with accurate rinsing of the kettle, you prevent you from consuming aggressive chemical components.

Means for descaling the kettle

You should preferably use "natural " home remedies. These include the following decalcifying agents:

  • Vinegar and vinegar essence
  • citric acid
  • Baking powder and baking soda

Why citric acid is not so good for descaling

You can combine baking powder and baking soda with vinegar. Mostly, however, vinegar, vinegar essence and citric acid are used. Citric acid is generally well suited for descaling, but it has a real disadvantage. The water mixed with the citric acid must never be heated.

The water for descaling must be cold, it must be lukewarm at the very least. Otherwise there will be a chemical process on the limescale deposits. In warm water, the limescale deposits turn into calcium citrate under the influence of citric acid. Calcium citrate is almost impossible to dissolve. For the same reason, citric acid should not be used in coffee machines or washing machines.

Descale the kettle with vinegar or vinegar essence

Essentially, vinegar is therefore always preferable. The effect is the same, only that the smell of vinegar can be a bit annoying. Vinegar essence is used like vinegar, only that it has to be diluted. For one part of vinegar essence, add four parts of water, i.e. a mixing ratio of vinegar essence / water of 1: 4.

How to descale the kettle

You can add the vinegar undiluted to the kettle. It is sufficient if the area around the heating element is completely immersed in vinegar. Now heat the vinegar and let it cool down. Let the vinegar work for around two hours. Then pour off the vinegar and rinse the kettle thoroughly. Before you use the device to boil water for tea or coffee again, you should perform two to three "idle runs", ie boil water as often as possible without consuming it.

Tips & Tricks With some kettles, the due date for descaling can be announced. This is the case when the water takes longer and longer to reach the desired temperature. But even if the kettle whistles, this is often a sign that the device needs to be descaled.