May 6, 2013

How to Remove Limescale Easily and Naturally


If you have hard water leaving limescale and soap scum on your sinks and faucets like I do, you already know how stubborn it can be.  Even after cleaning with your ordinary cleaner, the limescale remains.  Luckily a simple way to remove it is likely already in your kitchen: a  lemon!



Step one: Cut a lemon in half and rub limescale well with lemon.  Let sit 10 minutes.


Step two: After 10 minutes has passed, scrub at the limescale with a scrubby brush.  The limescale should loosen and flake off fairly easily.  You can also try scraping the limescale off with a finger nail instead of a scrubby brush or try a pot scraper if you have one.  What ever you use, make sure it won't scratch up your surface too much.



Step three: Rinse thoroughly.


If the lemon and scrubbing doesn't remove the limescale fairly easily, Rub with lemon again, wait ten more minutes, and scrub some more.  Easy, right?


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19 comments:

  1. I didn't know you could do that with a lemon. I wet paper towel with vinegar and let it sit on the surface, or wrap it around the back of the taps in that hard to reach spot. Then I let the wet paper towel sit there for 20-30 minutes. It has the same effect but not nearly as nice a smell! I may just try the lemon next time!

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  2. Does this work on glass shower doors as well?

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    1. Hi! I can't say for sure, because I don't have any shower doors, but I imagine it would! If you try it, let us know how it goes! :)

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  3. Totally going to try this on our shower doors!!

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  4. Magic erasers are superb on glass shower doors. While not the most natural things in the world, at least you aren't using additional chemicals.

    Also, I find it so strange that most people think they have to have 17 chemical products to get their house clean. Houses were being kept clean long before any of that stuff was invented. Honestly, if you have a stainless steel sink, clean it with baking soda. It will shine like the day it was installed. No chemicals at all! Plus, if you rinse your sink with vinegar you can switch on the disposal and use the vinegar/baking soda mixture to clean it at the same time.

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    1. Watch using Magic erasers on glass shower doors. They are abrasive and will scratch.

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  5. I'll have to try it on my shower doors too!! I was going to use a magic eraser but love the idea of doing it chemical free. I'll have to let you know how it goes :)

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  6. Awesome! Going to try this today.

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  7. You'd need a few lemons for the shower!
    Kelly, another place that lime scale likes to lurk is in the toilet. The easiest product to use on this is good old Citric Acid that you can buy at the supermarket. If you can get a larger box, all to the better. It's a good one to leave in the loo for overnight and just flush away. Will also work anywhere you have limescale and much better for the environment and the family than a lot of commercial lime scale chemicals that are on the market.
    It is interesting that this discussion is here. My daughter in law, her friends and I were discussing the merits of various non toxic kitchen products for cleaning on facebook the other evening.
    Don't forget the merits of bicarbonate soda either! :)

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  9. Just as I was saying I have to CLR my tea kettle!

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  10. Totally trying this one. Thanks!

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  11. Oh the wonders of a little lemon! I love heating up lemon and water in the microwave, it softens everything splashed around inside, and it all wipes off so easily! I will for sure try using lemon on other surfaces in the house now too!

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  12. Oh, Thank You SO much for this tip! I had tried vinager and other stuff, but didn´t work(except that it destroyed my faucet as I left it to stay for too long!), and I had given up hope of getting rid of that ugly limescale. Today I tried lime, and oh how it worked! So happy! :)

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  13. I'm going to try this today. I thought what I has was soap scum, but it wouldn't come off. I'm guessing this will work. Thanks!

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  14. as lemons are expensive & don't go far when you have a large area to clean --- can you use reconstituted lemon juice ?

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  15. If you try this method and still have scale (calcium carbonate) try BioWorx Lime and Scale Remover. It is "green" and much stronger than vinegar or citrus products like lemons.

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