How to descale your kettle in four easy steps – and you won’t have to scrub a thing
A busy mum reveals how she cuts her kettle down to four steps: first she fills it with water and vinegar, then lets it soak, boil and rinse Carolina McCauley is one of Australia’s most popular cleaning influencers
A busy mum-of-two reveals how to descale your kettle using vinegar – and says there’s no need to scrub the appliance to look like new.
Carolina McCauley, from Perth, Western Australia, shared the video with her Instagram followers on Thursday.
He began the video by showing his 2.3 million followers the inside of his kettle, to prove it was covered in ‘yucky limescale’.
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A busy mum-of-two reveals how to de-clutter your kettle using vinegar – and says there’s no need to scrub the appliance to look like new
He then poured a cup of water and a cup of vinegar into the kettle and let it sit for about half an hour.
Once the kettle is sufficiently soaked, the popular cleaning influencer allows it to boil.
He then poured steaming water, mixed with vinegar, down the drain before revealing the very shiny, scale-free inside.
‘Clean and shiny,’ she said.
‘Don’t forget to be good.’
The video quickly went viral, and her page had more than 500,000 views in the first five hours, and hundreds of people left comments.
‘That’s great, thanks, I’ve got heaps of lime in my kettle,’ said one woman.
Perth’s Carolina McCauley says the hack makes her kettle look ‘like new’
He proudly showed the inside of the kettle – it was clean and shiny
But not everyone agrees with the hack.
‘Cut a lemon in half and boil it, I’ve been doing this for years for my kettle. It works,’ said one woman.
‘I just tried it and it didn’t work,’ complained one woman.
Another suggested using ‘distilled water’ instead of tap water, to limit build-up.
‘Good for tea, coffee and herbal teas anyway with the added benefit of lime scale because distilled water doesn’t contain any minerals,’ he said.
Limescale is a hard, chalky deposit, composed mainly of calcium carbonate and magnesium, and is considered unsightly if not dangerous.