Concentrated white vinegar, followed by boiling water or soda water.
Limescale or hard water is a common problem for most people in the United Kingdom and throughout the world. Limescale (also known as “hardness”) can be responsible for deposits left on tea and coffee cups.
Another source of limescale is showerheads, particularly those that are made of materials like rubber, which tend to retain minerals in the water. To remove this mineral build-up inside your showerhead, fill a freezer-weight ziplock bag with vinegar, close it, and tuck it up against the showerhead. Seal it tightly against the showerhead with some duct tape to make sure none of the acid escapes. The combination of high pressure and acidic vinegar will dissolve minerals in your showerhead that otherwise would build up over time. Rinse off any residue with water and then turn on the shower for a couple of minutes to flush out the now-cleaned showerhead.
How do you remove hard water stains from glass?
1) Try using an automotive strength windshield/glass cleaner (NOT household glass cleaner). Spray it on and wipe away, repeat as necessary.
2) For a DIY version, mix 1 part white vinegar and 2 parts water in a spray bottle. Spray on and wipe away with a microfiber cloth.
3) If you’re up for buying, use CLR (Calcium, Lime, Rust). Rinse very thoroughly after using — it reactivates in the water!
What chemicals remove limescale?
There are several methods to clean the limescale from the shower faucets. Lime deposits form when hard water interacts with copper plumbing systems. The effervescent action of vinegar helps dissolve this corrosion, as does a commercial cleaner called CLR or calcium lime rust remover. In addition, you can use a pumice eraser on those particularly difficult spots that have been etched by extended exposure to moisture and chemical cleaners.
Pumice erasers also work well on black toilet bowls that have turned grey from mineral deposit build-up or other stains. Clean off any traces of dirt first before using a pumice stone because it will scratch the porcelain finish if not free of debris first.
To clean your shower head
First, remove it from the arm joint. Fill a ziplock bag with white vinegar and place the shower head inside. Close the bag securely and duct tape it to make sure no liquid spills out or drips onto any part of the bathroom fixture.
The high pressure in combination with the acetic acid in the vinegar will dissolve mineral deposits on your showerhead. Turn on the hot water for several minutes to flush out all remnants of limescale before rinsing well with water.
These are only some ways that people have found that works for them which is not to say they will work for you also because everyone’s how water reacts differently.
Vinegar is a very good product to clean the limescale from sinks and shower, although you have to be careful not to pour it on any surfaces that could be harmed by acidic products.
Using a cloth soaked in vinegar may also help, although always ensure that the cloth does not come into contact with any areas of your bathroom surface where it might cause damage. Another way of removing limescale is to use baking soda.
Simply mix water and baking soda together in a bowl or glass, put your fingers inside and rub over the crystals until they dissolve. The same mixture can also be used on your tiles if these are covered with limescale deposits – simply make a paste out of some baking soda and some lemon juice and rub this onto the tiles. Once you’ve finished, rinse them thoroughly with water. Saliva can also help clean off limescale – simply rub it over your shower head or faucet with your fingers, then wipe all residue away with a dry cloth.
Coke and WD40
Use coke followed by WD40 to get rid of hard water stains on my shower head…rub together in circular motion till gone works for me. I do once every 3rd week ..works well
White vinegar and Baking soda
Or mix equal parts white vinegar and baking soda into a paste. Apply with a damp sponge or brush to limescale deposits in your sink, bathtub or toilet bowl and let sit for a few minutes. This can also help as a natural, chemical-free alternative to commercial drain cleaners
There is a product on the market called Lime A Way that will do it for you. Just spray on and wipe away. You may have to repeat it a couple of times depending on how long the limescale has been there but it works great!
Pumice stones work well. If your showerhead is gunky from calcium build up, remove it from the wall or floor mount and use a pumice stone to gently rub away grime until clean. Rinse with water after every stroke to prevent scratching the metal finish. For heavy deposits, try boiling some vinegar in a pot on your stovetop. Then, carefully remove the boiling pot from the heat and submerge your showerhead in it to soak for 10 minutes. Remove with tongs or oven mitts and immediately scrub with a pumice stone.
You can use CLR on your fixtures. You will need to let it sit for 5-10 minutes but they come clean every time.
This is what I do: Put enough water in jar/bowl/cup to cover the head of shower. Cover that limescale bugger fully in white distilled vinegar, then drop some battery acid (lemon juice) onto the mess…let sit until fizzing subsides, wipe clean with a washcloth… rinse…repeat if necessary.
If you want something abrasive use kitchen salt and lemon juice on toothbrush wet it up and get working after 5 min or so rinse it off and keep doing this until it’s clean if you feel any ridge rinse it again u don’t want to scratch the enamel.
Take white vinegar, fill jar/cup with same full of it. Place shower head in the liquid making sure to cover all areas, let sit for an hour or so then come back and wipe clean. Repeat if necessary..that’s it! No scrubbing..just wiping 🙂
Toilet brush dipped in Coca-Cola followed by a wipe through with WD40 should do the trick…as long as you catch them straight away. I’ve had no problems with any toilet bowl cleaner whatsoever after cleaning the limescale off first because sometimes they can be pretty strong.
Lemon juice and salt paste rubbed with toothbrush removes anything, even film build up-don’t let it dry. Rinse well followed by white vinegar to prevent spotting after cleaning something like the tub/shower combo, leave for 10 minutes then wipe off faucets especially have a lot of water spots follow with CLR on a wet cloth to remove them along with any other calcium deposits or soap scum.
I use soda crystals in a plastic bag tied over the showerhead overnight. Cheap as chips.