Continuing our series on limescale and how it can be treated, we thought it would be useful to let you know how you can create your own limescale remover, at very little cost…
Limescale is always found in kitchens and bathrooms as thats where we tend to use water most frequently. For many of us, water marks and build-up around plugholes and taps is a constant struggle. Always buying new cleaning products to manage the problem can also be expensive (yep, that’s you Viakal & Cilit Bang!).
The good news is that you can make your own limescale remover using ingredients from your kitchen cupboard – handy right?! All you need is the following:
- Hot tap water
- Washing up liquid
- White distilled vinegar
- Lemon juice (optional)
- Plastic spray bottle
- Cleaning cloth/ rags
- Washing up gloves
If you don’t have any white vinegar, you can purchase it for around £1 at your local supermarket (make sure to use white vinegar though, not dark). Don’t be worried about the smell of white vinegar as you have the option of adding lemon juice, which will give your mixture a fresh, citrus smell.
Wearing your washing up gloves, pour approx 200ml of hot water from the tap and 100ml of white vinegar* into your plastic spray bottle before adding around half a teaspoon of washing up liquid and a couple of teaspoons of lemon juice. Shaking the bottle well but watch out for the bubbles!
Before using the mixture generally, make sure you spot test on a small area of the surfaces you’re about to clean and once you’re happy, spray all surfaces with limescale on them. Leave the mixture to work for 5-10 minutes and use your sponge to scrub away the mixture and the limescale – voila! More stubborn areas may require more intensive soaking or 2/3 applications of the mixture in order to fully remove the build up.
As a last step and for a polished finished, gently rinse your newly gleaming surfaces with cold water & wipe down with a dry cloth. In the case of vertical surfaces like shower guards, you could also use a squeegee.
* The measurements given here are based on filling an average spray bottle. You can multiply up or down, depending on the size of the job.
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