Removing Limescale the Natural Way

Posted on 1st November, 2010

Limescale, or calcium carbonate to use its more formal name, is the rough, creamy-white residue that you can see building up around the spout or base of your tap (or faucet, for our American friends!). It can be a particular problem if you live in a hard-water area, and builds up in any area where there are water deposits in your home. Glass shower screens and spots around sink plugholes can also be affected by a build-up of limescale.


Limescale is hard and can be stubborn to remove, but the good news is that it dissolves in acid. One of the best natural products to use for this is lemon juice. So start saving all your lemons left over from cooking and use them to tackle your limescale.


• For a tap spout, push half a cut lemon up over your tap spout, tie a clean cloth around it to secure it in place, and leave it for at least an hour, or longer if possible. The lemon will dissolve the limecale; you may also need to use a small nail brush (plastic, to avoid scratching the polished surface) to scrub away any stubborn places.


• For the base of a tap, squeeze some lemon juice into a cup or bowl, soak some cotton wool in it, then arrange the cotton wool around the base of the tap and leave for at least an hour.


• For a glass shower screen, squeeze some lemon juice into a spray bottle, adjust the nozzle to a fine spray setting, then spray thoroughly over the surface until it is covered. Leave to soak in for as long as possible, then brush away with a plastic nail brush.


A useful and economical way to use leftover lemons, and they will leave behind a wonderful lemony fragrance too!

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