Have you noticed that dry, white and flaky substance around your toilet, shower or sink? That’s limescale. Limescale is something that occurs when the water is too hard. To be more precise, limescale occurs when alkaline is left to sit on surfaces. If nothing is done, limescale can cause irreparable damage to your bathroom appliances. Here are eight creative ways to remove limescale.
Using Vinegar On The Coffee Maker
As odd as it may sounds, but limescale can damage your coffee pot to the point it’s unusable. To keep yours in good condition and free of limescale, you need to keep it clean. To do this, you’re going to need two cups of vinegar and two ups of lukewarm water.
Mix these two liquids together, insert them into the machine the same way you would if you were making coffee and run it. If you have a carafe, repeat these steps as we.
Cleaning Your Faucets With a Homemade Paste
If limescale is allowed to form in any faucet, whether it’s from the tub or kitchen sink, it increases the chance of a clog. Luckily, it’s possible to make a homemade paste to break down and remove it. You’ll need 1/4 water and 3/4 baking soda.
After crafting the paste, smear it on the limescale and keep it there for at least an hour. Once the hour has passed, take a soft, dry towel or cloth and clean it.
Using Vinegar On Your Faucets
If making paste isn’t your thing, you can always rely on vinegar to clear out the limescale. Take a paper towel or a clean cloth, soak it in vinegar and then encase the faucet with it. To secure it in place, use a hair tie or rubber band. Keep it there for an hour or so, remove it and clean the faucet.
Using Vinegar On a Teapot
Yet another use of vinegar is to rid your coveted teapot of limescale. You can do this by mixing water and vinegar together and putting it in the kettle. Heat up the kettle until it begins to boil and keep it there for a couple of hours. Afterwards, dump out the vinegar infused water and rinse it clean with regular water.
Using Lemon Juice For Your Bathtub
If you are out of vinegar, you can always substitute with lemon juice. Given its acidic properties, lemon juice can always be used instead.
Take a spray bottle and fill it with lemon juice. Locate the areas covered by limescale and spray them. Keep the lemon juice there for about a half hour. Remember to spray it every 15 minutes, so it doesn’t dry out and clean it with a wet towel.
Cleaning Your Toilet With Vinegar
When it comes to cleaning a toilet, we often turn to an artificial cleaner that contains bleach. However, did you know that you can also clean your toilet with vinegar as well? All you to do is to pour the vinegar down the toilet bowl and let it sit for a few minutes.
In most cases, it only takes about 30 minutes to clear out the limescale. But if you’re dealing with more than you originally thought, then you’re going to need to leave the vinegar overnight.
Using a Tablet to Clean a Coffee Maker
Did you know that you can use a tablet to clean the limescale from your coffee maker? Specifically, you can use either an antacid tablet or denture tablet. Take your coffee maker’s reservoir, fill it with hot water, but not boiling, then add two tablets. Allow them fizz up the reservoir before running the coffee maker as usual.
Install a Combimate
Lastly, one of the best ways to keep limescale from forming is to install a combimate. A combimate is a tool most commonly used by plumbers. It is an inhibitor that keeps appliances such as toilets, boilers and faucets safe from limescale. Be sure to call your local plumber for more details and a quote.
Limescale may not be much to look at first, but left unchecked, it can cause extensive damage to your plumbing. If you think you have limescale, the key is catching it before it gets out of hand.