7 Home Cheats to Get Rid of Limescale

Get Rid of Limescale With These 7 Handy Tips

Every country has areas with either hard water or soft water. The difference between the two is that soft water mainly contains sodium, whereas hard water contains a considerable amount of dissolved minerals, such as magnesium and calcium. If you live in an area with hard water, you probably know how difficult it can be to remove limescale. So, here are 7 cleaning tips to help you remove limescale in your home.

1 Remove Limescale from Tea Kettles
First, it is important to know that it is not bad for your health to ingest limescale. The main reason why a kettle has a filter is to keep limescale bits from ending up in your tea or coffee. Fill the kettle with a solution consisting of equal parts water and vinegar, and leave it overnight. Make sure to rinse it thoroughly to remove any vinegar-like odors.

2 Remove Limescale from Shower Head
Fill a glass bowl with white vinegar. Remove the shower head, place it in the bowl, and leave it to soak overnight. Rinse with clean water. If the shower head is not removable, fill a plastic bag halfway with vinegar, submerge the shower head and tie it off with a rubber band to keep the bag in place. Use a needle to remove any remaining limescale from the spray holes. 

3 Remove Limescale from (Bathroom) Tiles
Limescale on flat surfaces, such as bathroom and or kitchen tiles, are usually easier to clean. This is what you need to do: mix equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle, spritz it on the tiles, allow it to sit for a few minutes before removing. Don’t forget to rinse the tiles afterward with lukewarm water. After this, the tiles should sparkle like never before.

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4 Remove Limescale in your Tea Kettle With a Lemon
If you use your kettle regularly, this problem will sound familiar: your kettle has floating bits of limescale at the bottom after some use. So, cut two lemons into slices or wedges and drop them into the kettle. Fill the kettle about halfway with water and turn it on. Pour the water out once it has boiled, but leave the lemon parts in. Fill the kettle halfway with fresh water again and turn it on. After boiling the lemon parts twice, your kettle should look clean again.

5 Remove Limescale from Faucets
If there is limescale on your tap, soak some kitchen paper in vinegar and wrap it around the limescale. Secure it with a rubber band and leave the vinegar to soak for at least an hour (let it soak overnight for best results). Use a soft, dry cloth to wipe it clean.

6 Remove Limescale in the Shower with a Lemon
Who would have thought that lemon would be one of the best ways to remove limescale? You can use it to clean all sorts of things, one of these being the shower. Just cut a lemon in half, rub the lime stains with it, leave it to sit for a few minutes, and rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. Then wipe it dry with a clean cloth/towel. The stains will vanish into thin air!

7 Remove Limescale from Washing Machines and Dishwashers
Use a large cup of vinegar or lemon juice instead of your normal detergent, and run the machine empty on a normal wash cycle. For a dishwashing machine, pour the liquid into the base of the machine. Not only will it remove the limescale; it will also freshen up your appliance! Another option is to add vinegar or lemon juice instead of your usual detergent and run a hot cycle (90 degrees Celsius).