How to Descale an Iron - The Vinegar Method – Kempii

How to Descale an Iron - The Vinegar Method

“I can’t wait to tackle that mountain of ironing today!”. Said no one ever. Let's face it, ironing is a necessary evil, and dealing with a poorly performing steam iron only makes it worse. That's where descaling comes to the rescue!

In this blog post, we're going to tackle the problem of limescale build-up in your iron with a simple and eco-friendly solution: vinegar!

Get ready to say goodbye to those stubborn wrinkles - and hello to an iron that glides like a superstar.

Why Descaling Matters

Descaling is all about getting rid of limescale, that pesky mineral build-up that wreaks havoc on your iron's steam production and ability to glide smoothly, not to mention leaving white chalky marks on your clothes. Regular descaling, typically done every 2-4 months, not only keeps your iron in top shape but also prolongs its lifespan. It's the secret to ensuring your iron performs optimally every time.

Understanding Limescale and Where it Comes From

London is known for having some of the hardest water in the UK, and is no stranger to the challenges of limescale. This hard water is rich in calcium and magnesium compounds, a result of its journey through underground chalk and limestone formations before reaching our taps. So, when you spot those frustrating white chalky marks on your clothes and household surfaces, it's none other than limescale paying an unwelcome visit. 

Don't worry; you're not alone in this struggle. And luckily we’ve got an eco-friendly solution up our sleeves - the vinegar method!



Above: Limescale often builds up inside kettles, boilers and pipework 
How to Descale an iron with vinegar

Rather than buying plastic bottles of iron cleaner, you can easily and naturally descale your iron using the natural power of vinegar. Here's how:

Step #1: Empty the water tank
Let your iron cool down and unplug it, then empty any remaining water in the tank.
Step #2: Mix your Vinegar Solution

Grab your white vinegar and mix it with equal parts distilled water in a container. This simple concoction works wonders against limescale.

Step #3: Soak and rinse

Pour the vinegar solution into the water tank, ensuring the bottom is covered. Leave it for around an hour, letting the vinegar work its magic on the limescale. Plug in the iron, crank it up to the highest steam setting, and hover it over a sink or a towel. Press the steam button, and watch the vinegar dissolve the limescale away!

Step #4: Final rinse

Fill the water tank with clean water and give it one last steam to flush out any lingering vinegar smell or residue.

Preventing Limescale Build-Up

Nobody wants to deal with future limescale headaches. Here are some handy prevention tips:

  • Opt for distilled or demineralized water to reduce mineral content.
  • Don't let water stagnate in the tank; empty it after each ironing session.
  • Regularly clean the iron's soleplate with a damp cloth to prevent fabric fibers and residue from accumulating.

Now that you're armed with the vinegar method, say goodbye to limescale and make ironing a breeze (or at least, a little less painful…)! Oh, and here's a little secret: vinegar isn't just for ironing but has numerous household uses. Check out our blog about white vinegar for cleaning to explore its full potential.


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