Limescale is a problem that most bathrooms and kitchens face. It’s caused by the minerals left behind when water evaporates and can be tough to tackle. Limescale is an extremely common, if not extremely annoying, problem and there are many products available on the market that will help you to fight your limescale dilemma. However, these products can be costly, and there are many more environmentally-friendly options available. In fact, you probably already own some of the natural products that can not only get rid of limescale, but also help prevent it. This guide will both teach you how to get rid of limescale and also how to do it whilst on a shoe-string budget!
- It might sound like an old wives’ tale, but white vinegar is a great asset when it comes to tackling limescale. Limescale is only removed by acidic products, so vinegar is a great and cheap alternative to high-street products. All you need to do is buff undiluted vinegar into the areas you want removed of limescale. Leave to up to thirty minutes to allow the vinegar to dissolve the minerals that form limescale and then just wipe away. Particularly stubborn limescale problems might need repeated treatment, but it’s worth it to get your bathroom in good shape!
- Showerheads are a popular place for limescale to form. To keep your showerhead clean and clear, just soak a towel in white vinegar and wrap it tightly around the head. Make sure the showerhead is completed covered, and that the vinegar is getting into contact with every area affected by limescale. Leave to soak in for up to thirty minutes and then rise clear. Make sure to throw the towel in the washing machine immediately!
- For a deeper, more penetrating cleanse of your showerhead, remove its cover and soak both parts in warm white vinegar. Make sure it’s not boiling hot as this can cause damage to your showerhead! Leave to soak for a maximum of thirty minutes before rinsing thoroughly and reattaching to your shower unit.
- Limescale is also almost always likely to build up in your kitchen appliances. You can use a cup of either lemon juice or vinegar to clear out any limescale build-up in your dishwasher or washing machine. Just pour in a cup of either and let the appliance run empty for one whole cycle. This will clear any limescale, though you might need to repeat this step to achieve the best results.
- Another appliance that is likely to build up limescale is your kettle. You’ll want to use a natural acidic product to beat the bacteria in here, as chemical products can damage or linger, making your kettle unsafe. Just fill it up a quarter of the way with either lemon juice or white vinegar and leave it to sit for an hour. When you return, fill the rest of the kettle with water and bring to the boil. Finally just rinse thoroughly with clean water and repeat if necessary!
- Did you know the acid in fizzy drinks can also help to dissolve limescale? If you can’t find any vinegar or lemon juice in your cupboards, reach for a bottle of fizzy pop to tackle limescale instead!
- If you find limescale on glass, it’s not only vinegar and lemon juice that will help to remove it. You can use white wine to help dissolve the build-up too!