How to Remove Limescale

Scaling the Pesky Limescale Problem in Your Home

maid cleaning shower and scrubbing the shower wall

If you live in or around the Atlanta area where there is hard water, you likely know all too well how difficult it can be to get rid of limescale.  That white, crusty film that you see around faucets, in tubs, in toilets, on appliances, etc. The reason for this buildup is that hard water leaves alkaline mineral deposits on everything it touches. Over time the scum will build up and you are left with ugly staining. If you don’t deal with it as soon as possible, limescale can cause chrome to peel off faucets and cause small appliances such as coffee makers to be inefficient. 

If you live in an area where there is hard water, you likely know all too well how difficult it can be to get rid of limescale — that white, crusty film that you see around faucets, in tubs, in toilets, on appliances, etc. The reason for this film is that hard water leaves alkaline mineral deposits on everything. Over time, a scum will build up and you are left with ugly staining. If you don’t deal with it as soon as possible, limescale can cause chrome to peel off faucets and cause small appliances such as coffee makers to be inefficient. 

Additionally, these products use a combination of solvents, including​lactic acid, hydrochloric acid, gluconic acid, to dissolve mineral buildups. When not used carefully, these solvents can be very damaging, not only to the finish of the surface you are cleaningbut also to your skin and respiratory system. 

Read on to find out how to use vinegar for removing limescale just as effectively if not even better than commercial grade solutions. So, here are some cleaning hacks to help you remove limescale around your home. 

white female wiping water faucet clean and polishing the brightwork Vinegar for Faucets 

If there is limescale around your faucets, soak a paper towel in vinegar and wrap it around the faucet. Hold it in place with an elastic band and let the vinegar sit for at least an hour. 

Then, wipe clean with a soft, dry cloth. 

Homemade Paste for Faucets 

Make a DIY cleaning paste with one part water and three parts baking soda. Rub it all over the limescale on the faucet and let it sit for an hour. Then, wipe it clean with a soft cloth. 

Vinegar for Coffee Makers 

Fill your coffee maker with two cups of white vinegar and two cups of water. Run the coffee maker through a complete cycle. Rinse the carafe with warm water, fill with water, and run for another cycle. 

Vinegar for Your Tea Kettle 

Fill the tea kettle with equal parts of water and vinegar. Bring the mixture to a boil, turn the burner off, and let the kettle sit for a few hours. Rinse with clear water. 

Denture Tablets for Coffee Makers 

You can also clean your coffee maker by filling the water reservoir with hot water and adding two denture tablets or antacid tablets. Let them fizz, run a complete cycle, rinse, and run another cycle with clear water. 

Combimate 

This is a tool your plumber can install that will protect boilers, appliances, faucets, etc. from limescale. Combimate is completely safe to use and made from food-grade natural materials that put an end to limescale buildup. 

Lemon Juice for Your Tub Taps 

Pour pure lemon juice into a spray bottle. Spritz the affected area with a lot of the lemon juice and let it sit for at least half an hour. Re-spray every 15 minutes or so to keep it from drying out. Clean with clear water and a soft cloth. You can also use vinegar for this. 

Lemon Juice for the Side of Your Tub 

If there is limescale on the side of the tub, you can soak a paper towel with lemon juice (vinegar will work just as well) and stick it to the side of the tub. Once the lime scale is dissolved, wipe with a soft cloth or eraser sponge. Rinse with clear water and repeat if necessary. 

Vinegar for Your Toilet 

Pour a lot of vinegar into the bowl and let it soak for at least 30 minutes (if the limescale is really bad, let it soak overnight). Put some vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz under the toilet rim as well. When the limescale has softened, use a toilet brush to scrub it off. Flush a few times to clean it all away

Fill a glass bowl with white vinegar. Remove the shower head, place it in the bowl, and let it soak overnight. Rinse with clear water. If the shower head isn’t removable, simply fill a freezer bag half way with vinegar, stick the shower head in, and use an elastic band to hold the bag in place. 

For Tiles, Shower Screens, Bathtubs, and Other Flat Surfaces 

Limescale will gather anywhere hard water is left to dry. This includes on tiles, shower screens, bathtubs, and windows. 

  • Usually, you will only need to wipe in gentle, circular motions for the limescale to dissolve. If there are stubborn layers of limescale, simply add more vinegar to the paper towel and use a bit more force when wiping. 
  • If this does not work, you can also spray these surfaces with vinegar solution every 15 minutes for up to 2 hours, depending on how tough the buildup is. 
  • Rinse and scrub with soapy water to leave the surfaces like new. 

white female scrubbing a shower floorA client shared her story: “The shower in the shared accommodation I once lived in kept getting covered in limescale. Before I moved in, my housemates had spent months scrubbing away with conventional cleaning products with little success.  They were amazed to see that I needed only a few minutes to remove the limescale with the help of vinegar. 

I kept this secret from them for a couple of months, leaving them thinking I was just a really good cleaner. But I soon grew tired of this because I found they left the limescale to build up until it was my turn to clean. Needless to say, I shared my methods with them, and now no one has to worry about having too much to clean.”

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