Lime scale is probably one of the most prevalent cleaning nuisances any homeowner—or renter—has to deal with. To the truly scientifically-oriented out there, lime scale is also known as calcium carbonate. But for the purposes of this article, let’s just refer to it as lime scale—and how to clean the stuff. Since spring is here, and many are spring cleaning, there’s no better time to address the issue.
Lime scale is often present in hard water, so if you don’t have some sort of water softener connected to your house or apartment’s water supply, you might want to invest in one, just to make cleaning lime scale a bit less onerous a task. But until you manage to get one, here are some fantastic DIY hints to keep that nuisance of a substance at bay.
Lime scale – Vinegar
This is mentioned the most often among DIY enthusiasts, as its cleaning uses are numerous and it saves you loads of money along the way. Its downside is the smell, but that’s really its only shortcoming, as vinegar’s ability to take off lime scale is truly amazing. You simply have to leave it on for at least an hour for it to have any effectiveness. Tip: Soak paper towels in vinegar and wrap around taps, leaving overnight. Drip vinegar over dried-out towels if need be.
Lime scale – Lemon/Lime Juice
Like vinegar, lemon and lime juice are particularly effective at banishing lime scale, and are the acidic compounds to use if you’re more keen on that fresh citrus smell—but don’t want to use harsh chemicals from a factory. Just do the same as you would with vinegar: make sure the lemon or lime juice stays in contact with the surface you wish to treat. A truly effective tip here is to juice up some lemons or limes, then take the leftover halves and place them on your faucet taps.
Lime scale – Baking Soda
This is another fabulous DIY tip for cleaning lime scale off your taps, and from your shower areas, etc. Why? Not only does the vinegar or citrus juice do their work, adding baking soda to the lemon or lime juice adds a certain gritty ‘elbow grease’ to the job, especially when you use a toothbrush to get in those tiny crevices. Plus baking soda itself is known as a deodorizer, so your bathroom and kitchen will smell doubly fresh as well as look its sparkling best when you’re done.
Bathroom and kitchen taps are not the only places you. Test these DIY solutions out on things like your tea kettles, coffee brewers (especially those tall ones you use in church potlucks) and even your dishwasher and clothes-washing machine. You’ll save loads of money by not buying expensive, harsh chemicals, and you’ll help your household appliances run that much more efficiently without lime scales.Read More