Limescale can look unsightly when it builds up on your taps and can even restrict your water flow, but one 55p fruit could help you get rid of the substance in no time
One of your five a day could also be the key to banishing limescale from your bathroom.
Limescale occurs when water evaporates and leaves behind minerals such as calcium and magnesium, which crystallise to form a white crusty layer. Not only does limescale look unsightly, but when it forms on your taps, it can restrict your water flow and hamper your taps’ efficiency over time. So, while limescale isn’t harmful to your health, you should still aim to remove it as soon as you notice it has formed.
According to cleaning fans online, one of the easiest and cheapest ways to get rid of limescale is to use a “citric acid solution” that you can make using one 16p fruit – the humble lemon.
The tips were shared on Reddit after one person shared a picture of the tap in their bathroom that was covered in limescale. They wrote: “Tried limescale remover that didn’t work, unfortunately. It was there when we moved into the house. Any tips on how to clean this? Thank you!”
One helpful commenter suggested the poster make a “concentrated citric acid solution”, which sounds scary but is actually very simple to make. You can buy citric acid powder in shops such as B&Q and Robert Dyas, which can be mixed with water into a spray bottle to make an effective cleaning spray.
However, if you don’t want to spend over £2 on citric acid powder, you can also use freshly squeezed lemon juice to achieve the same effect. Lemons can be bought for 65p for a pack of four from both Tesco and Asda, making one lemon just 16p. According to the Food in Jars blog, one tablespoon of lemon juice is equal to 1/4 teaspoon of citric acid powder.
The commenter wrote: “Make a concentrated citric acid solution, soak some toilet paper in it and attach to where the limescale is. It will take an hour to loosen at room temperature. Maybe reapply the acid after a while. It’s rather thick. I’ve seen ‘limescale removers’ that are mostly just soap.”
Other cleaning fans suggested using white vinegar, which can be bought for as little as 35p, as well as WD-40, which one person hailed as “amazingly useful” for all sorts of jobs around the house. However, several commenters warned the poster about using harsh products such as acid solutions and vinegar on anything that might be “chrome plated”, as it could cause the finish to flake off if left to sit for too long.
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