How to remove limescale: “Ideal” way to get rid of limescale on all surfaces for 13p
Households may notice lime scale on the kettle, shower head, taps and tiles in the kitchen or bathroom. Limescale build-up is usually worse for those living in an area with hard water, which is around 60 per cent of the UK. If it builds up over time, it can cause corrosion, blockages and breakdown of heating pipes and appliances. It is important that the problem of scale build-up is dealt with quickly so that it does not cause damage. Fans of cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch have taken to social media to share their best ways to tackle limescale with items most people would have stashed away in their kitchen cupboards.
On Mrs Hinch’s Facebook page for cleaning tips, one woman shared that she was struggling with limescale build-up in her bathroom and was unsure which products were “effective” to tackle the cleaning task.
Iris Fig wrote: “Hi, can you suggest a great descaler. An easy to use effective one that I can use regularly thanks.
“But my husband has been cleaning the bathrooms lately and I didn’t realize how much limescale had built up until I put on my reading glasses and took a look today.”
Limescale is caused by a build-up of calcium and magnesium minerals found in hard water. Lime is formed when the minerals (mainly calcium) in hard water bind to surfaces.
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Brenda Collins wrote: “I find lemons to be a great homemade method for removing limescale as the acid dissolves hard water stains – especially on toilets and faucets.”
Riley Stone commented: “I soak a piece of kitchen roll in lemon juice and leave it on the area that has scale overnight. The next morning, the build-up has completely disappeared.”
Linda Wright said: “I only like to use natural methods to clean my home and I have found that using a lemon is the most effective way to remove limescale as it gets the job done, leaves no nasty residue and makes rooms smell amazing.”
Steven Wootton added: “For most limescale areas in my house I use lemons or lemon juice, but I use baking soda for my taps as it’s too acidic for them.”
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When using lemon to remove limescale, it needs to be left on the area for a long time, especially if there has been very stubborn build-up.
Lemons can be picked up from all local supermarkets such as Tesco and Aldi for 50p. As these are sold as a pack of four, they work out as 13p per lemon.
Other Mrs Hinch fans recommended another acidic homemade cleaner to remove limescale from areas of the home – white vinegar.
Michelle Ronald said, “If it’s really built up, use white vinegar, then wipe with a soft cloth.”
Josie Turner suggested: “White vinegar is wonderful to use with a wet cloth and then buff with a dry microfiber cloth.”
Just like using lemons, white vinegar should be left on the surface to remove stubborn lime deposits. Polly Shearer, kitchen and bathroom expert at Tap Warehouse said: “Depending on how severe the scale is, you can soak the affected area in the white vinegar mixture for up to 30 minutes before scrubbing it off.”
Since vinegar is very acidic, it is best to use a one to three ratio of white vinegar to water to avoid damaging surfaces.
According to experts at Plumbworld, when it comes to removing limescale, vinegar or lemon works best without a chemical cleaner.