Cleaning your sous vide machine

“Be careful with your stuff!” Your parents must have told you before. You may still hear your parents say it. They were right. When you take good care of things, they last longer. That is still the case in 2017. Handle it with care and maintain it well.

So do I have to clean my sous vide machine ?

Yes, definitely do! This is a device that comes into contact with tap water. Tap water is almost always contaminated with limescale, which can cause a nasty limescale build-up on your device. As a result, the operation of your device decreases, and it lasts less long. This is not the intention.

How do I get rid of limescale?

To get rid of limescale, you have to clean the sous vide device. This is often done with vinegar, or with a solution of citric acid. We at Souvy have come up with something that works better: sous vide cleaning powder. This powder includes citric acid powder, which causes a chemical reaction that easily removes the lime contamination. Sounds good, right?

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

Start by looking for a pan or container. To save powder, it is useful to clean your device in a relatively small amount of water. The sous vide device must of course reach far enough into the water, otherwise not all the limescale is removed. For example, a 2 liter measuring cup is ideal.


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

Your device is now cleaned and ready to go! We recommend cleaning your sous vide device with descaling powder after ± 10 uses. This depends on the amount of limescale.