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    I have a tea pot that I use all the time in the winter, well not so much in the summer for my tea, went to use it last night and it has, I guess what would be is "build up", like lime deposits in the kettle part---I have tried everything, salt, vinegar, etc. to remove all of the gunk..........nothing is working, do I have to pitch it and buy new or is there something else I can try???

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    What works for me is to go to Sear's and buy their water distiller cleaner and use that to take the build up off. By the way, it also worked well on getting the water build up off of a few relatives headstones at the cemetery from the sprinklers. I hope that this helps.

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    Try CLR or Lime away, maybe?

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    What you can use on it depends on what it is made of. If it is china or earthenware, I'd try bleach, and let it soak a little. Also, boiling distilled water and pouring it in and letting it sit until it gets cold may take off alot of deposits (and you can use that on ANY materials).

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    Ya, I think Cricket1's answer about the CLR would work - it seems to work on most things without damage. Let us know if you used it or what you did use.

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    We have hard water and need to use CLR to clean things. I think a water filter will remove the minerals out of your water which make it "hard" and will prevent this from happening in the future.

    I was too cheap to purchase the water filters that go into my coffee maker. Now I'm having the same problem with it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edna_E View Post
    What you can use on it depends on what it is made of. If it is china or earthenware, I'd try bleach, and let it soak a little. Also, boiling distilled water and pouring it in and letting it sit until it gets cold may take off alot of deposits (and you can use that on ANY materials).
    SORRY, I guess that would help, it is metal, which is why the "flecky" stuff scares me.....I was trying to do natural stuff since I was going to be drinking out of it, it the CLR stuff ok to use in this case, I worry about the heating of it after the chemical stuff is in there???

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    If you go to jelmar.com, it discusses CLR and there's a safety sheet. It does say that you can use it on coffee pots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cricket1 View Post
    If you go to jelmar.com, it discusses CLR and there's a safety sheet. It does say that you can use it on coffee pots.
    great, I will pick some up this weekend..........thanks so much!!! You all are the best!!!!!!!!!

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    Have you tried boiling a vinegar/water mixture - emphasizing on the vinegar? Say 70% vinegar? My old coffee maker, bless its heart still works LOL Its old now but when its clogging up I run a cycle of heavy vinegar/water mixture through it and its clean and running full speed again.

    If its just the bottom of your pot thats flaky with crust you're trying to clean, soak a few sheets of papertowel in vinegar and cover the area you want the custy stuff to lift from overnight - similar to those cleaning the build up off of a showerhead by soaking it overnight or leaving the wet papertowel on it overnight.

    I have that same problem with the water in my house my taps all have the build up and if I dont clean them weekly I may have to work harder next time to get them clean again - using comet or CLR.

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    Well we have hard water here and I have always used salt and rubbed it with a slice of lemon......works for me.

    leezza : )

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    You can also boil a couple cans of Coke in it. Cleans it right up. (This works to get the burnt gunk off of a pan too.

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    Go with a ceramic teapot, it is much safer for you.

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