Carolina McCauley reveals how to descale your kettle in three simple steps

How to descale your kettle in four simple steps – and you won’t have to scrub a thing

  • A busy mum has revealed exactly how she descales her kettle in four steps
  •  First she fills with water and vinegar, then lets it soak, boils and rinses it out
  • Carolina McCauley is one of Australia’s most popular cleaning influencers

A busy mum-of-two has revealed how to descale your kettle using vinegar – and says there’s no need to scrub to get the appliance looking like new.

Carolina McCauley from Perth, Western Australia, shared the video with her legion of Instagram followers on Thursday. 

She begins the video by showing her 2.3million followers the inside of her kettle, to prove it was covered in ‘yucky limescale’.

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A busy mum-of-two has revealed how to descale your kettle using vinegar

She soaks the kettle for 30 minutes

A busy mum-of-two has revealed how to descale your kettle using vinegar – and says there’s no need to scrub to get the appliance looking like new

She then poured a cup of water and a cup of vinegar into the kettle before allowing it to sit for about half an hour.

Once the kettle had soaked for long enough the popular cleaning influencer put it on to boil.

She then poured the steaming water, vinegar concoction down the drain before showing off the very shiny, scale-free inside.

‘Clean and shiny,’ she said.

‘Don’t forget to rinse.’

The video quickly went viral, and was seen more than 500,000 times in the first five hours on her page with hundreds of people leaving comments.

‘This is awesome, thankyou, my kettle has heaps of limescale,’ one woman said.

Carolina McCauley, from Perth, said the hack makes her kettle 'look like new'

Carolina McCauley, from Perth, said the hack makes her kettle ‘look like new’

She proudly showed off the inside of the kettle - noting it was clean and shiny

She proudly showed off the inside of the kettle – noting it was clean and shiny

 But not everybody agreed with the hack.

‘Just get one lemon cut it in half and boil it I’ve been doing it for years for my kettle. It works,’ one woman said.

‘I just tried this and it didn’t work,’ one woman complained. 

While another suggested using ‘distilled water’ instead of tap water, to limit build up.

‘It’s better for tea, coffee and herbal teas anyway with the added benefit of no lime scale because distilled water contains no minerals,’ she said.

Limescale is a hard, chalky deposit, consisting mainly of calcium carbonate and magnesium, and while not dangerous is considered unsightly.

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