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Limescale is one of the most common household problems that stems from hard water. Once the water dries on kitchen and bathroom surfaces and appliances, deposits are left behind from the hard water minerals which causes a horrible, white scale.

On top of being incredibly unattractive for your living space, it can additionally increase household costs due to specific cleaning products for tackling limescale being expensive. These detergents also contain harsh chemicals, but there is no need to purchase these when there are more environmentally friendly and cheaper ways of removing this problem, with ingredients you can find in your kitchen cupboard.

Here are different methods of cleaning for different parts of your house that are affected by limescale:


Soak a cloth in white vinegar and wrap it around the tap, holding it in place with an elastic band. Or, make a paste with 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water and apply it to the tap. After leaving it for an hour, remove the cloth, or the paste, and wipe clean with a soft cloth or sponge.


Fill the kettle with 1 part vinegar and 1 part water, boil and then leave overnight. In the morning, clean it thoroughly to remove all the limescale.


Pour a can of coke into the bowl, making sure that all of the stains are covered, even the ones under the waterline. Leave overnight and flush in the morning, repeat if necessary.


Dilute white vinegar or lemon juice in a spray bottle with water; spray the mixture onto the surfaces and scrub with a cloth or sponge. Be careful with enamel surfaces as the acid from the vinegar may damage them.

Wall Tile

Apply diluted soda crystals with water and scrub with a cloth or sponge. Avoid this mixture with lacquered taps and fittings.

Washing Machine/Dishwasher

Fill a cup with descaling agent and pour into where the detergent is usually placed in the washing machine or place the cup in the base of the dishwasher, and run a standard cycle.

In severe cases of limescale, you may have to use a scourer and more elbow grease, or even harsher chemicals like hydrochloric acid. This should only be a last resort: always wear gloves, ensure the room is well ventilated and rinse the surface thoroughly before drying.

Instead of going through all of this trouble with limescale, why not prevent it in the first place? A water softener is the only effective water treatment that will actually stop limescale from forming. By removing the hard water minerals completely, soft water will leave your surfaces wipe clean.

Get more information about our Water Softeners today by contacting KindWater on 01728 746764.