Simple 35p cupboard staple ‘combats limescale’ on bathroom taps

Bathroom and kitchen taps are prone to limescale build-up as they are constantly in contact with water.

Hard limescale is very difficult to remove from taps without scratching them and should be approached with care.

With this in mind, has spoken to several experts about how to remove limescale from both bathroom and kitchen taps.

James Roberts, director at Sanctuary Bathrooms, suggested using natural methods such as white vinegar and lemon juice.

He told “To combat limescale around your bathroom tap, soak an old cloth in lemon juice or vinegar, ensuring complete contact with the metal, and let it soak for up to an hour. Rinse and repeat if necessary for a sparkling tap.”

Cleaning expert at Tap Warehouse, Nancy Emery, also suggested using natural methods and making your own “limescale solution”.

To create your own solution, mix up a spray bottle with half water and half white wine vinegar or lemon juice.

The solution can be sprayed on areas with limescale and left for “half an hour” to soak. If stains are particularly stubborn then the spray may need to be left on for longer.

The limescale will then need to be removed using a sponge or an old toothbrush.

Tap spouts may need to be approached slightly differently because of how they are positioned.

Nancy said: “It’s important to note that for removing limescale from a shower head or tap spout requires a slightly different method.

“Fill a plastic sandwich bag with white vinegar and place this over the shower head or tap and secure with an elastic band. Leave it to soak overnight and rinse it with warm water in the morning.”

Marigold, who has teamed up with cleaning influencer @HomewithRoo, has also shared their advice for removing limescale from taps.

They suggested wrapping the tap up in cloth or kitchen towel and soaking it in white vinegar for “at least 15 minutes”.

Next, unwrap the tap and rinse it thoroughly. Finish off by giving the tap a good wipe with a microfibre cloth.

White vinegar can be bought online or from most local supermarkets for as little as 35p.

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