When your tap water has a high amount of minerals, a buildup of deposits — such as limescale — will begin to develop on surfaces that come in contact with the water. Several commercial products will remove the lime scale buildup; however, these products contain dangerous chemicals that may cause more harm than good. Instead, choose natural items to get rid of limescale.
This naturally acidic liquid will dissolve limescale without toxic chemicals and harsh fumes. There are several methods of using vinegar to remove limescale. If the item is small enough to submerge in a bucket, pour equal parts water and vinegar and let the item soak for 30 minutes. For larger items, scrub the limescale with a sponge dampened in the mixture. Alternatively, cover the limescale with paper towels soaked with the vinegar mixture for several hours. For a tougher limescale remover, increase the white vinegar to full strength.
As with vinegar, lemon juice is naturally acidic and will remove mineral buildup, including limescale. In addition, lemon juice will fill the air with a pleasant citrus aroma. You can purchase lemon juice presqueezed in the produce section of the grocery store or extract the juice from fresh lemons yourself. Whichever method you choose, fill a spray bottle with the juice and mist the surface thoroughly. After leaving the juice on the surface for 15 minutes, scrub it clean with a sponge. If any lime remains, continue applying lemon juice and scrubbing until you have removed the buildup. Rinse the juice off the surface with cold water.
Baking soda's naturally abrasive nature will safely get rid of limescale without filling your home with possibly dangerous chemicals. After moistening a sponge with water, sprinkle a liberal amount of baking soda on the sponge and scrub the limescale vigorously off the surface. If needed, apply more baking soda to the sponge and continue scrubbing until you have removed the limescale. Rinse the gritty residue off the surface with cold water.
After you have removed the limescale, take the necessary precautions to keep the limescale buildup at bay. Always dry sinks, showers and bathtubs after each use. Not only will this prevent hard water buildup, but it will also keep fungus from growing. Also, regularly clean the surface with white vinegar to help dissolve any lingering limescale.
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