Limescale removal is possibly one of the hardest cleaning tasks we have to contend with.

Limescale is notoriously tricky to combat, especially in some parts of the country where hard water is more prevalent.  Sometimes it’s so bad it can seem almost impossible to remove.

Don’t give up! Today we’re not only showing you how to treat limescale, but also how to prevent it to make your weekly clean much easier. Ready to get rid of all those hard water stains and get your home looking spotless?
Then let’s get started!

What is limescale & how does it form?

Limescale is a white, hard, sometimes chalky substance you find around taps, on shower screens and inside your kettle.

It’s caused by hard water, which is created when rainwater percolates through sedimentary rocks, (like limescale and chalk) which are present in certain areas of the World. When it does, it collects calcium and magnesium carbonates, giving it a high mineral content, which results in hard water.

Is limescale bad for you?

It may surprise you to hear that limescale can actually be beneficial for our health. The minerals it contains are those that the body naturally stores and using for all sorts of processes.

However, it’s not all good news – hard water can have negative effects too. Not only can it dry out your skin, but it can also impact our homes.

Limescale around taps may look unsightly, but this isn’t the real problem – it’s hard water in appliances such as the dishwasher, washing machine and kettles you need to watch out for – it can even develop in water pipes and block them! Limescale will build up over time and prevent all sorts of appliances from performing at their best – it may even stop them from working completely if left untreated.

How to prevent limescale

We always advocate prevention methods as the first port of call for any household tasks. Whilst creased clothes and dirty worktops and hard to avoid, limescale is easier to prevent.

In order to prevent limescale, you need to soften the hard water that flows through pipes and out of taps in your home. There are a variety of ways to do this, depending on the object in question.

  • Washing machine – add water softener in the form of powder or a liquid. Calgon is the most popular make and will prevent limescale build-up.
  • Pipes – magnetic descalers clamp onto the outside of your pipes and prevent minerals from being able to form limescale.
  • Taps and showerheads – carbon water filters can be applied which will remove water hardness as the flow passes through.
  • Water supply – if you’re serious about preventing limescale, you may want to consider investing in a water softener. This will protect your whole home from limescale, not only making cleaning easier, but also preventing appliance damage.
  • Appliances – in areas where hard water is particularly bad, some people even opt to use only bottled-water in their kettles and irons to prevent limescale from forming.

Homemade limescale removers

Is limescale taking over your home? Don’t fret, it is treatable.

Limescale removal can be hard, especially without the right products and tools. It may surprise you to hear that some of the best things to use to treat it are 100% natural acids, which happen to also be super cheap – good news for your budget!

Some of the best limescale treatments are:

  • Lemon – contains citric acid which breaks limescale down.
  • Vinegar – diluted acetic acid attacks limescale.
  • Bicarbonate of soda – when teamed with vinegar, baking soda produces a fizzing reaction that can break down almost anything, including limescale.
  • Coke – contains phosphoric acid which can not only remove rust, but also limescale.

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