How to Clean Calcium Out of a Water Boiler


If you use your electric kettle, or water boiler, a lot, it will accumulate calcium deposits over time. You can clean away these white, flaky deposits in about an hour with just two household ingredients. Vinegar acts as a dissolving agent, and baking soda helps remove the strong taste and odor of white vinegar and adds an abrasive element to remove all remaining deposits.

Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. baking soda
  • Unplug the water boiler and ensure it is completely cool.

  • Add white vinegar to fill 1/3 of water boiler. Fill the remaining portion with water. Let the water boiler sit for 30 minutes.

  • Rinse water boiler thoroughly with water and refill approximately 2/3 full with water.

  • Add 2 tbsp. of baking soda to water boiler and mix until the baking soda has dissolved.

  • Turn water boiler on and boil water. Let the solution soak for 30 minutes and rinse.

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