How to Remove Chlorine Deposits in Kettles

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Chlorine was first added to drinking water in 1908, helping to eliminate waterborne diseases in the U.S. One effect of processed and treated municipal water is that well-used kettles frequently grow deposits inside. Most kettle deposits are an accumulation of calcium and magnesium in chlorinated water. These deposits should be removed periodically as you notice the build-up. Most of the time, kettles with mineral deposits are salvageable, but if there are significant deposits and wear from chlorinated water, the kettle should be replaced.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar
  • Dishcloth
  • Add pure white vinegar to the kettle until it's about 1/3 full.

  • Bring the vinegar to a boil for five minutes and then remove from the heat. Drain the kettle while it's hot and allow it to cool for a few minutes.

  • Wipe the inside of the kettle with a dishcloth. The remains of the deposit should wipe right out.

  • Rinse the kettle with water several times.

Tips & Warnings

  • For mild deposits, add a solution of vinegar or lemon juice diluted with water to the kettle and let it sit for several hours.
  • Avoid breathing in the vinegar steam.

References

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