How to Clean or De-Scale Your Kettle

Total Time
Prep 3 mins
Cook 0 mins

This is such an easy way to clean all the build-up in your electric kettle and I've found works much better than vinegar.


  1. If using lemon, add the lemon to the kettle, fill with water up to the marks you wish to remove and boil. Can be done a few times if kettle is particularly dirty.
  2. If using citric acid, boil water in kettle first and then add citric acid, let sit for approx 20 mins and voila, clean kettle.
  3. Empty kettle and re-fill and boil a few times before using it for drinks just to make sure all residue is gone.
Most Helpful

Sorry but I used citric acid and it didn't work. I guess the lemon does by the reviews. Have you used citric acid and it worked? I would omit it from the recipe if I were you. I will do it with the lemon and re-rate if you take it out of the recipe. Made for RECIPE SWAP #64 - May 2012 - Group 4 - Beef & Beer Pies.

UmmBinat May 03, 2012

This was brilliant!
My kettle was filthy inside, and it was only 3-4 months old!
I was even considering buying a new one.
I filled the kettle to the brim and used 1/2 lemon. It was fairly clean after the first boil, but I just emptied out the water used the same 1/2 a lemon and boiled twice more. (There was really no need after the 2nd time, I just wanted to see how it would go)
.......... It was sparka-larka-larka-ling after the 3rd time!!!!!!!!!!
What a fantastic was of cleaning, so easy and so quick, with NO effort at all! Wish I could clean the rest of the house so quickly and effortlessly!
Thanks so very much for posting this great recipe Mandy!
My kettle will be spotless from now on, and no need to keep buying new ones! ;-)

Tisme May 21, 2011

It's wonderful. The office's electric kettle was black inside. And we did it 3 times with the lemon and now it's white. Thanks Mandy :) Made for Newest zaar tag

Boomette November 11, 2010