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How to de-fur a kettle

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How to de-fur a kettle

SWMBO wants to de-fur the kettle (we live in hard water area).
One online suggestion is to mix (1:1) white distilled vinegar (which we have) with water and leave in the kettle for a few hours (no boiling) or even over night.
To get rid of any stubborn fur then make a paste with bicarbonate of soda and water and rub the affected area.
Does anyone have any other home-made (or other) solutions?

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Re: How to de-fur a kettle

No, vinegar solution is about as good as you'll get in terms of cost and effectiveness.
Other household acids should also work (lemon juice for example).
You can switch the kettle on while using the vinegar solution to speed up the process but it can suddenly foam up so be ready to switch off quickly if using this method.
The kettle needs plenty of rinsing after using vinegar (though this is also true if using commercial descalers).
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Re: How to de-fur a kettle

I just use lemon or lime juice diluted - I did try vinegar but the smell was awful
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Re: How to de-fur a kettle

Vinegar here too but you do have to boil the kettle so that the steam inside also deals with the rest of the crud around the top of the kettle.
The kettle will come out totally bling after but you'll need to rinse and boil a few times to remove the vinegar smell. You'll also want a window open while you do it as the kitchen will stink  Crazy
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Re: How to de-fur a kettle

As above, vinegar or a bottle of cheap coca cola (also good for descaling toilets).
Bicarb of soda is won't get rid of the scale through chemical processes but will act as an abrasive so ok for scrubbing.
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Re: How to de-fur a kettle

SWMBO is trying the vinegar/water solution at the moment.
I've suggested she boils the kettle in the garden - with the doors SHUT. I hate the smell of vinegar Wink
Thanks for all your advice and will let you know how it pans out (or is that kettles out Undecided).

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Re: How to de-fur a kettle

I wouldn't bother boiling the kettle - all you'll really get is steam. A wipe over with a cloth soaked in vinegar would be more beneficial.
I'd leave the kettle for a good few hours - possibly overnight for the scale to dissolve
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Re: How to de-fur a kettle

Empty the kettle and switch it on.  After about 30 seconds unplug and cover the element with cold water.  The scale just cracks away.  Quite safe to do.
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Re: How to de-fur a kettle

Nip to Boots chemist, buy a small tub of citric acid and put half a teaspoon in about half a pint of water, boil, cleans it totally in no time flat!
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Re: How to de-fur a kettle

We've put one of those limescale collectors in the kettle (e.g. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kitchen-Craft-Steel-Kettle-Collector/dp/B0001IWUCC) to prevent the fur forming in the first place - it's very effective
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Re: How to de-fur a kettle

@jelv we've got one now Cheesy

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Re: How to de-fur a kettle

I'm sure all of the above work well, but a packet of "Descale" from you local supermarket if the instructions are followed except to leave overnight rather than the half-hour they suggest works very well. In the morning a bright shiny kettle (needs to be boiled out a couple of times though)
Metal wool limescale collectors are not a great idea in plastic or glass kettles, they can wear through the former and badly scratch the latter.
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Re: How to de-fur a kettle

Why bother..... might just as well buy a new kettle.... only about a fiver from Asda....
and just to prove it..... here`s your starter link.....
http://direct.asda.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-ASDA-Site/default/Search-Show?q=electric%20kettle&s...
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Re: How to de-fur a kettle

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Why bother..... might just as well buy a new kettle....

And we wonder why we live in such a wasteful society  Tongue
Though I will admit taking a similar course when my eldest was toilet training and Tesco Value toddler's underpants were 30 odd pence a pair... [/coat]
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Re: How to de-fur a kettle

Forgot to add........
The old kettle would then have to be Re-cycled down at the local dump.... ( electrical re-cycling department )  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy