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It is imperative that you know how to remove limescale from your bathroom if you want it to look gleaming and sparkling. When you have hard water, these milky white deposits can be difficult to remove. Having trouble removing limescale from taps, showers, toilets, etc.? Let us help you!

Limescale is one of the most common household problems that stem from hard water. Once the water dries on kitchen and bathroom surfaces and appliances, deposits are left behind from the hard water minerals which cause 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.

 Limescale on a tap

Limescale can appear anywhere water is prescient in the home

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


There is no doubt that taps are one of the trickier bathroom fixtures to clean. If lemon juice or vinegar is sprayed on, it will drip off, preventing the acid from working on the scale. White deposits are often seen on the spout, so pay attention to this area.

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.


Cleaning your water, regardless of whether you have a water softener, is essential to maintaining a healthy kettle. Our recommendation is to use household items rather than shop-bought alternatives for cleaning your kettle.

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.


Your toilet bowl can look dirty due to limescale deposits, but there are a number of ways to get rid of them. If any cleaning product splashes onto you during the process, wear gloves and protect your eyes and clothing. 

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.


Depending on the type of showerhead you have, you will need to use a different method to remove limescale.

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 them 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 wiped clean.

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