How to Remove Limescale
At 5-Minute Crafts, we decided to find out how to remove limescale efficiently. Say hello to the best life hacks for cleaning surfaces without using chemicals.
How limescale appears
Limescale can form on surfaces from which hard water evaporates. It forms on faucets, sinks, shower heads, toilet bowls, kettles, boilers, showers, heating elements of dishwashers, and washing machines. Limescale also accumulates in metal pipes, filters, pumps, and other equipment.
If limescale is harmful
However, the real problem is not that obvious. Limescale itself is not harmful. But what it can cause can be harmful. An ordinary family of 4 people, with regular use of water supply, can produce up to 155 pounds of limescale in a year. Limescale can damage appliances that come in contact with water. Lime, when accumulated in pipes, can block them and cause cracks.
Homemade limescale removers
To remove limestone, you’ll need:
- Lemon juice and vinegar — the acids contained in them destroy the main component of limescale, calcium carbonate.
- Baking soda — when baking soda is mixed with vinegar, this results in a chemical reaction. The mixture sizzles, bubbles, and cleans the surface.
- Cola — it contains phosphoric acid that can remove rust and limescale.
For convenience and greater efficiency of the process, you can use a spray bottle. It’s convenient to wipe off limescale with a hard sponge or an old toothbrush. A soft cloth is good for polishing clean surfaces.
How to remove limescale
- From faucets
Use vinegar or lemon juice. To remove limescale from a faucet spout, fill a small container with vinegar or lemon juice, dip the end of the faucet into it, and secure it with a rubber band or tie. Leave overnight.
To clean the top of the faucet, it’s enough to soak a piece of cloth with lemon juice or vinegar and tightly wrap the faucet with it for a few hours. You may need to scrub the faucet lightly with a sponge or brush to remove residue. When cleaning faucets, you need to take the material of the coating into account: vinegar should not be used on chrome bathroom accessories.
- From a toilet
You’ll need vinegar or cola. First, clean the inside of the toilet with a brush. If the area affected by limescale is quite small, it’s enough to spray it with a mixture of vinegar and water in a 1:1 ratio. After an hour, use a flush to remove limescale. For more stubborn and profuse areas of limescale, undiluted vinegar should be used, which can be washed off after 3 to 4 hours.
For limescale on the bottom of the toilet, use regular, non-diet cola of any brand. The best solution is to pour 0.5 gallons of cola into the toilet and leave it overnight.
- From the bathroom
Baking soda and vinegar will help you out here. To descale your shower head, remove it and soak in a 1:1 mixture of vinegar and water overnight. Then rinse under running water. The particles of lime remaining in the nozzles can be removed with a needle.
The shower door, tiled walls, and bathtub can be cleaned with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar in a ratio of 2:1. Mix the ingredients until you get a paste and apply it to the limescale build-up for 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly afterward.
- From kettles and coffee makers
To clean a kettle or coffee maker, you can choose vinegar or lemon juice. Fill the kettle 3/4 full with water and the juice of one lemon, or with equal parts water and vinegar. Boil it. Then empty the kettle and rinse it several times with running water to remove limescale and the cleaning agent.
The same method is used for a coffee maker: fill the water tank a quarter full with vinegar or lemon juice, then 3/4 with water, then run the machine through its cycle with no coffee. Then repeat twice with plain water for the final stage of descaling.
- From a washer and dishwasher
2 cups of vinegar will be enough to descale a dishwasher. Pour the vinegar into a deep bowl and place it on the bottom shelf. You need to run a cycle here too.