Home remedies for removing limescale
With limescale can be controlled with the help of specialized tools, household chemicals, sold in stores. However, when you consider that in most cases we are talking about surfaces in contact with the body or with food (e.g., the surface of the bath or a kettle), powerful chemicals many are trying not to use it. In these cases come to the aid of home remedies.
Limescale collapses under the influence of any acid. So in dealing with him, the main role is to take "food" acids, which can be found probably in any home. And the first places at the efficiency will be:
- oxalic acid,
- acetic acid,
- citric acid (you can substitute with lemon juice).
For cleaning surfaces of lime are applied 5-9% solution of acid. In order to obtain a solution of this concentration, you will need to dissolve a tablespoon (heaped) of oxalic or citric acid in a glass of warm water. Vinegar does not require diluting – it is sold in the concentrations which are necessary for cleaning surfaces.
Also in the fight against limescale efficient soda and potato starch – they are also proven home remedies to combat a gray crust.
How to clean plaque from kettles, coffee makers, pots and other utensils
To clean limescale from a kettle or the coffee maker, pour it in a bag of citric acid, cover with water and bring to a boil. Then let water cool, remove the loose pieces of lime peel. If the walls or the heating element are still gray powder – RUB it with a sponge. Razmyagchaetsya grey cork depart without much difficulty. If necessary, repeat the procedure.
Instead of citric acid you can use lemon, sliced into several parts.
Metal pans, covered with gray bloom that can be wiped clean with half a lemon, leave the lemon juice for influencing 5-7 minutes, after which you should wash and rinse in clean water.
How to clean limescale from taps, sanitary ware, tiles
For cleaning metal surfaces it is better to use vinegar – it effectively copes not only with limescale and rust. Apply vinegar solution to a sponge and wipe the surface of sinks, pipes or valves, then clean with a soft brush, rinse with water and wipe dry. For hard to reach areas and joints you can use a toothbrush.
If the lime layer is thick enough – can add to the vinegar a little baking soda, it will make the cleaning more effective. You can also instead of brushing sponge to use vinegar compress" – to moisten in vinegar cloth, put on need to clean the place and leave for an hour and a half.
Removable parts (e.g. the shower head) can be placed for a few hours in a warm solution of acetic, citric or oxalic acid, then thoroughly rinsed with water.
For cleaning lime scale from tile, wipe it with a sponge dipped in a solution of any of these acids. You can clean it and with the help of baking soda should be mixed with water and apply the resulting mush on the tiles, then wipe dry and rinse with water.
How to clean plaque from the washing machine
To clean limescale from your washing machine, pour 3-4 sachets of citric acid in the compartment for the main wash or directly into the drum, and then select the longest wash cycle at the maximum possible temperature.
When you wash possible the rattling sounds they make pieces of scale during water draining. After washing you need to check the drain, the drum and rubber elements – if there are fragments of lime, they must be removed.