‘Will remove limescale’: Best way to clean toilets without bleach – ‘it’s amazing’

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Limescale is a hard, chalky deposit, consisting mainly of calcium carbonate. It often happens inside kettles, boilers, around taps and in the bowl of the toilet. Taking to Facebook, Mrs Hinch fans have shared their advice for getting rid of stubborn limescale. 

Posting on the Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips Facebook group, one member asked for some advice.

Karen Bowes said: “I have an old downstairs toilet with bad limescale, what will get the stains out?”

Lots of group members recommended using Harpic to help shift the problem. 

Dawn Evened commented: “Use black Harpic, it’s amazing and will remove limescale.”

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“Use a commercial cleaner specifically designed to remove limescale. Whichever you choose, be sure to rinse the area thoroughly afterwards to remove any remaining chemicals or vinegar.

“If limescale build-up is severe, it may take a few tries before it’s completely removed.”

After cleaning the toilet, it is very important to remember to clean a toilet brush to ensure there are no germs left on it.

Chris Wootton, Managing Director of the domestic cleaning business, Poppies, also recommended using white vinegar.

He said: “Making a vigorous acidic solution is best done by using white vinegar.

“Pour a half cup of bicarbonate of soda into and around the bowl and let it sit for at least 15 minutes.

“Then, apply white vinegar over the baking soda. This produces a fizzing reaction that activates the acid and can break down the most stubborn build-ups of limescale.

“After about 10 minutes, scrub the toilet bowl thoroughly with a scouring pad – you may need to use some elbow grease.

“Once you have done this, flush a few times to rinse it all away. This should have done the trick, but if there are any lingering marks, you can also try lemon juice after you flush, as the acidic solution can help lift the most stubborn stains as well as deodorise the toilet bowl.”



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