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How to de-fur a kettle

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Re: How to de-fur a kettle

The last couple of kettles were quite cheap and never lasted longer than about a year or so.
This kettle was a lot more expensive (around £40, I think) and, two years down the line, still looks/works as good as new - other than the furring.

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Re: How to de-fur a kettle

I tried the vinegar method once and it didn't do a thing. And yes, it does stink.
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Re: How to de-fur a kettle

This will remove lime scale quite quickly.
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Re: How to de-fur a kettle

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Re: How to de-fur a kettle

Just over 24 hours with the vinegar/water solution but some stubborn scale remained.
SWMBO had some powdered citric acid which she mixed with water and left that for best past of the day which got rid of the remnants.
So, now after several rinses and boils, she has a kettle that looks brand new with a new lime scale collector inserted Smiley

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Re: How to de-fur a kettle

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Just over 24 hours with the vinegar/water solution but some stubborn scale remained.

Did you boil it with the vinegar? - From what you've written it sounds like you left it there cold. If you boil it then you will definitely see a huge difference.
Ah just found the email that my friend sent me.. it's distilled vinegar that does the job - I'll quote her instructions:
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make a solution of 3 parts distilled vinegar to 1 part of water to half fill the kettle.  Bring to the boil.  Leave for half an hour to an hour depending on how badly scaled it is.  Rinse out.  Fill with water, boil, and empty twice before using for normal use.

I can personally vouch for this method having used it myself - the kettle looked stunningly clean afterwards.
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Re: How to de-fur a kettle

SWMBO did boil it - smell wasn't too bad, actually. Kind of sweet in a strange way  Cheesy

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Re: How to de-fur a kettle

Ah ok!
Sweet?.. i suppose if you're a chip shop addict lol
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Re: How to de-fur a kettle

Not quite but it certainly wasn't an unpleasant smell. She probably masked it with some perfume Cool

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Re: How to de-fur a kettle

I buy £6 electric kettles from Tesco.
Always have one in use, plus a spare.
They last for years, and where I live no hard water = no furring anyway.
Last one, the switch died.
And then they become exterior plant watering / bird bath filling devices !
Some of the options cost more than a new kettle !!
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Re: How to de-fur a kettle

On a similar vein, I presume people are familiar with the washing soda trick for cleaning the stains/deposit out of a teapot? (Two/three teaspoons of washing soda, fill with boiling water and leave to stand - repeat as needed).
This is the stuff you need:

Warning: Do NOT try this on an aluminium teapot.
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