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I have a kettle (to make water hot) but now it's full of hard sediment (= scale = the thing that stays on the ground if you boil water).

Does anyone have an effective method? I tried descalers, but the %&* products are not good enough Your cat peed on my carpet Pretty nothing has gone and I don't want to buy a new kettle.


posted by knn
  

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boiling it with a dishwasher tablet inside...

posted by the anomaly
  



...vinegar in warm water, leave it for as long as you like then rince thoroughly. To be honest, as soon as i see scale i replace the kettle but our water is pretty clean so i never get it anyway Smile

posted by Crossfade
  

Good idea



Crossfade:
...vinegar in warm water,

Tried it already. Nope Thumb Down
the anomaly:
boiling it with a dishwasher tablet inside...

Hmm, good idea...


posted by knn

How to descale a kettle


Hi, I always use citric acid powder (acid from lemons). Put a little in the kettle with water. Bring to the boil and the limescale will soon be gone. Rinse a couple of times and use ... Headspin breakdance

posted by simtrinity
  



OK, case solved:

I bought vinegar essence (= 70% vinegar. Normal vinegar is approx. 5%) and boiled it in the kettle.

That solved the problem much faster and better than the "professional" descalers.

However, the kitchen smelled liked vinegar for some time, thus you may want to boil that "juice" somewhere outside...

posted by knn
  



it took a long time...when did you start this thread...1843 or there abouts

posted by the anomaly
  



the anomaly:
it took a long time...when did you start this thread...1843 or there abouts

First I descaled it with "descalers". Since then the kettle scaled again. This time I tried it with vinegar essence!


posted by knn
  



how long did it take before the kettle scaled again after the descalers?

how long ago did you try the vinegar essence? what im getting at is...can you post again after a little bit of time to say if the kettled scaled again after using the vinegar?

posted by allone
  



allone:
how long ago did you try the vinegar essence? what im getting at is...can you post again after a little bit of time to say if the kettled scaled again after using the vinegar?

I can't. I bought a water purifier machine, where purified/destilled water is coming out. I use this new water to make tea. So it has no magnesium or calcium in it anymore. In fact, this water itself can descale a kettle


posted by knn
  



i love the fact that in scotland we have no need for such contraptions cause our water is fecking great

posted by the anomaly
  



the anomaly:
i love the fact that in scotland we have no need for such contraptions cause our water is fecking great

Whatever the quality is: Nothing comes close purified/destilled water.

Moreover: Where do you have your info from? I checked it at the page of the Water Quality Regulator for Scotland at
and from 1600 samples approx 200 had coli bacteria and from 4500 samples 1500 didn't meet the relevant standard.

Your info seems to be based on propaganda obviously.

I stick with my water purifier.


posted by knn
  



actually if you examine the results correctly you will see there were 155,427 tests on supply at tap of which only 0.86% failed to meet the required standard of which almost all were on colour and iron content which have no effect on health

out of those 155,427 tests there were only 135 failures at tap for coliform tests and only 24 for faecal coliform

almost all of the failures were resultant from service reservoirs (underground and grass covered) which my own water source is not

only 2 of these failures were recorded at the reservoirs that service my area...1 for total coliforms and 1 for iron content

i'll stick with scottish water thank you very much...not to mention that i've never had to decalcify my kettle...ever

posted by the anomaly
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the anomaly:
i'll stick with scottish water thank you very much...not to mention that i've never had to decalcify my kettle...ever

Yeah, but you assume that iron, copper and coli BELOW allowed values is harmless. Sorry, I prefer CLEAN water without ANYTHING inside, not only "water with allowed amounts of X, Y and Z"

And no country can deliver that. Even if, the pipes TO your house and the tanks of your house will ruin it.


posted by knn
  



knn:
the anomaly:
i'll stick with scottish water thank you very much...not to mention that i've never had to decalcify my kettle...ever

Yeah, but you assume that iron, copper and coli BELOW allowed values is harmless. Sorry, I prefer CLEAN water without ANYTHING inside, not only "water with allowed amounts of X, Y and Z"

And no country can deliver that. Even if, the pipes TO your house and the tanks of your house will ruin it.

well your kind of asking the impossible for water with nothing in it...because you get contamination from any container you put it in

the water that is considered best for you is water that does contain minerals anyway...


posted by the anomaly
  



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