Cleaning your sous vide device

"Be careful with your stuff!" Your parents probably used to say it to you. You may still hear your parents say it. They were right. When you handle things well, they last longer. This is still true in 2017. Take care of it and maintain it well.

So I have to clean my sous vide device?

Yes, definitely do! This is an appliance that comes into contact with tap water. Tap water is almost always contaminated with lime, which can cause a nasty deposit on your appliance. This will affect the performance of your appliance and reduce its lifespan. This is not what you want.

How do I get rid of limescale?

To get rid of limescale, you need to clean the sous vide appliance. This is often done with vinegar, or a solution of citric acid. We from Souvy have thought of something that works better: sous vide cleaning powder. This powder contains, among other things, citric acid powder, which causes a chemical reaction so that the lime scale contamination easily disappears. Sounds good, right?

What steps should I take to clean my sous vide appliance?

Start by finding a pan or container. To save powder, it is helpful to clean your appliance in a relatively small amount of water. Of course, the sous vide appliance needs to get far enough into the water, otherwise not all the lime will be removed. For example, a 2 liter measuring cup is ideal.


  1. Dissolve 50 grams of powder per litre of water
  2. Attach the sous vide apparatus and set it to 70 °C
  3. Then let it circulate for at least 20 minutes
  4. Then rinse the sous vide appliance with clean water.

Your appliance is now cleaned and ready to use again! We recommend cleaning your sous vide appliance with decalcifying powder after ± 10 uses. This depends on the amount of scale.