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How to remove limescale on taps

remove lime scale on taps

What is the best way to remove limescale on taps and other fixtures? Our guide outlines how to remove limescale and calcium deposits.

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Lime stubbornly sticks to the fittings, causes unsightly stains and forms a breeding ground for germs. We reveal which home remedies are best for removing lime.

Lime is a raw material that can be used in many ways. In many houses, lime is often seen as a colored lime paint. Lime as a plaster also has many advantages and can even prevent mold.

In the household, however, it often causes despair when the lime deposits on the tap. Basically, the harder the water, the more calcareous it is. That has consequences. The calcification of household appliances increases energy consumption , and at the same time the lifespan of the machines is reduced. The taste of food and drinks can also be affected.

Hard water is not unhealthy itself, but bacteria can develop in the lime deposits . Therefore, make sure to regularly remove the limescale from the tap.

Best ways to remove limescale on taps

In bathrooms and toilets in particular, limescale appears primarily in taps, where it deposits on the surfaces.

  • The first choice to remove limescale is vinegar. Since lime hardens after it is deposited, the tap should be wrapped with a cloth soaked in vinegar – to dissolve the lime. It is also particularly imaginative to put a balloon filled with vinegar water or a small plastic bag over the tap and thus dissolve the lime.

Attention: Vinegar (or alternatively also citric acid) – in addition to the already very strong smell – can also have negative effects on sensitive surfaces. Limestone in particular is very susceptible.

Of course, there are also chemical cleaning agents that destroy lime deposits, but often they contain phosphoric and hydrochloric acid as ingredients that are extremely aggressive, pollute the environment and are not exactly cheap to buy. That is why it is often more sustainable to rely on these four proven home remedies in the fight against lime:

  • Tooth stubborn deposits on the fittings in the bathroom help toothpaste and an old toothbrush that serves as a miniature scrubber.
  • You can scrub away particularly stubborn deposits in the toilet with a cola baking powder mixture .
  • If the calcified area is in the kink of the drain, denture cleaners can help to remove the lime from there.
  • An alternative to vinegar and citric acid is an orange peel. Rub calcified bathroom fittings with it, this removes limescale and makes the bathroom smell fruity.

Prevent limescale

To fight against lime with household remedies or chemical cleaning agents is one way to remove the unsightly hard water stains. However, preventing them from occurring is much more efficient.

After showering, always remove the tiles and the shower wall with a window glass puller or rub the surfaces dry with a microfiber cloth. Even after cooking: remove water from the tile surface to avoid unsightly water stains. If you don’t want to rely on vinegar or citric acid, use a lime cleaner and a protective spray to prevent lime .Tip: If you can design your own bathroom, you have the option to pay attention to lime-repellent coverings that prevent lime from sticking.