The Limescale Remover That Doesn't Require Maintenance
It’s no wonder people are looking for an effective limescale remover online since so many US households have the same annoying problem: hard water.
People usually buy water softeners to solve this issue and increase their water quality, but then end up with a host of other problems such as sodium getting into their water reserve, ruining their septic system, and preventing their plants from growing.
And those are just a few of the problems that salt-based water softeners can cause. Keep in mind that it’s a complex system that requires a lot of maintenance and countless salt bags throughout its lifespan. To address this issue, today we will be looking at some of the best methods to remove limescale, and at a limescale remover that poses none of the problems traditional water softeners provide.
Natural limescale remover: lemon juice and white vinegar
First and foremost, you do not need to spend tens or hundreds of dollars to remove existing limescale buildup.
Because of their natural acidity levels, lemon juice and white vinegar can both be used on multiple fixtures and appliances to remove calcium carbonate (limescale’s official name).
The only downside is that you’ll need to let the buildup soak for about an hour, or even overnight in some cases. Nevertheless, you’ll be saving a lot of money this way, so here is how to remove limescale from all kinds of surfaces:
Taps and bathroom fittings
Get a spray bottle and mix white vinegar with water in equal quantities. Spray it on fixtures that have white mineral residue and gently wipe with a clean towel. You may remember that we mentioned vinegar in our guide on ways to remove hard water stains from household surfaces.
If you’re dealing with a lot of build-up, however, you should soak a tea towel or cloth in the vinegar solution and wrap it around the tap. You’ll need to leave the towel overnight, or for at least a couple of hours to get the full effects. Otherwise, you’ll just be wasting some good vinegar.
Alternatively, you could achieve the same results with a lemon. Cut the lemon in half, squeeze some juice on the fixtures, and rub the lemon halves on bigger fixtures that can’t be covered by the juice. Another method of achieving the same result is by soaking a cloth in lemon juice and wrapping it around the fixture.
Fair warning: don’t use this method on gold or other plated taps. The vinegar’s pH is far too acidic for those types of fixtures, so you’ll end up with a damaged finish.
Kettles and coffee makers
For these appliances, the process is a little simpler and more straightforward. Simply fill the kettle with water and vinegar in equal quantities and leave it to sit overnight.
In the morning, rinse thoroughly with soft or bottled water until all the limescale floats off and the vinegar smell goes away. It might take some time, as the smell is quite persistent, but you’ll get rid of nasty limescale buildup for sure.
As for modern coffee makers, you’ll have to fill the tank with the same mixture. Afterward, run the machine through a regular coffee-making process (without adding any coffee, obviously). Afterward, repeat the process two times using either bottled or softened water.
Note that some brands of coffee makers have descaling solutions made by their manufacturers. In most cases, the descaling solution is only as good as this method. However, be careful to read the manual, as some companies have put a stipulation that nullifies your warranty if you use anything other than their branded limescale remover.
Dishwashers and washing machines
If you plan on descaling a dishwasher, get a 10-ounce cup and fill it to the brim with either white vinegar or lemon juice.
Pour the cup’s contents at the base of the dishwasher, close the door, and run it through a standard wash cycle. That’s it. Nothing else you need to do.
For the washing machine, the process is just as simple, except you’ll want to add as much of the solution as you can in the detergent compartment. Now just run a regular wash cycle and wait for it to be over.
Note: you shouldn’t put any dishes or clothes inside these appliances when you’re trying to descale them.
The ultimate limescale remover
So, now that you’ve seen how difficult it can be to remove limescale, don’t you think it would be far better to prevent it?
Well, we have a solution just for that. And no, it’s not a water softener. We’ve talked about the traditional salt-based water softener’s defects at the beginning of the article.
It wouldn’t make sense to promote something that solves one problem but causes a bunch of others. Instead, the solution we propose is one that doesn’t require maintenance, effort, or buying any other extras and accessories.
It’s called a water descaler and it prevents limescale from building up while also slowly removing existing limescale deposits found in the interior of your pipes. And unlike a water softener, it doesn’t add any sodium or chemically alter the water in any way.
Instead, it works on the principle of cathodic protection to reshape calcium and magnesium crystals to make them less sticky. That means you’ll still get the health benefits of drinking these hard minerals, but they won’t stick to your hair or skin and they won’t affect soap’s lathering process.
Why should I consider Yarna water descaler?
Unlike other descalers on the market, ours comes with ultra-flat conductive bands that cover more of the pipe’s surface to offer better and prolonged treatment to the water.
It’s so effective that even if you have really hard limescale buildup on your pipes or a ton of TDS in the water, you’ll start seeing the effects in about three months. Now you might be wondering “three months? That’s too big of a time frame for me to trustfully purchase this.”
We know. That’s why we’re offering a full one-year money-back guarantee to everyone. You’ll have more than enough time to test the unit and find out if it’s the right solution for your hard water problems. And if you register the product on our website, you’ll also receive a 10-year parts and labor warranty, so you won’t have to spend a dime in the unlikely case that your unit breaks.
You can purchase the unit completely risk-free from our own website or from Amazon. You’ll get all the above-mentioned benefits from both of these options. And you’ll also get the best of both worlds from hard and soft water alike.
Frequently asked questions
What will dissolve limescale?
Calcium carbonate (limescale) will dissolve effectively in a range of mild acids, such as vinegar and lemon juice. Some appliance brands also sell their own descaling liquid that works just as well. In any case, it is far better to prevent it from building up in the first place.
Does WD 40 remove limescale?
Yes, WD-40 is quite effective at removing limescale from ceramics such as toilets. Simply spray it on tough limescale stains and mineral deposits in your toilet bowl, let it sit for a few minutes, then scrub away with a toilet brush or a pumice stone, and the stains will dissolve easily.
Does Coke remove limescale?
Yes, Coca-Cola can be used effectively to descale a kettle. You’ll need to boil a kettle full of Coke and leave to stand for 30 minutes. Afterward, dump the Coke and rinse thoroughly with bottled or softened water (or descaled water if you have our water descaler). In fact, it’s amazing how many things you can clean with Coke.
Can baking soda remove limescale?
Yes, baking soda is yet another effective substance that you can use as a limescale remover. For toilet bowls, sinks, baths, and showers, sprinkle baking soda on the affected area and leave for a few hours or even overnight. Then rinse it off thoroughly with regular water. For really tough and stubborn spots, combine baking soda with water to form a paste, and rub it on the affected area with your fingers. Note that using a scrubbing pad can scratch the surface.
Does toothpaste remove limescale?
Yes, toothpaste can remove limescale from shiny metal surfaces. If you’ve used hard water to fill a clothing iron, you might’ve noticed mineral deposits on its bottom. Simply apply toothpaste on a cloth and rub the surface until it’s shiny again.
Does bleach remove limescale?
No, bleach will only make the hard mineral deposits look a little less nasty, but it won’t remove limescale. We do not recommend using bleach on surfaces affected by hard water, as it can make the limescale deposits even tougher to remove using any of the above-mentioned methods.
The bottom line
The best limescale remover by far is a water descaler because it prevents hard water mineral buildup while also slowly dissolving any existing limescale buildup.
With this device, you’ll be able to enjoy the positive effects of drinking hard water while still getting that softened feeling when using it to wash yourself or any other surface.