Lime scale is caused by calcium carbonate deposits that lurk in water. It builds up as a chalky, hard substance and can be extremely stubborn to clean. You will find lime scale when you try to battle bathroom cleaning and kitchen cleaning. As much as it is unsightly to your home it can also cause damage to your pipes and appliances so getting on top of it is essential. Kitchen and bathrooms are where all this really tough grime likes to build up but there are some non-toxic techniques that won’t break the bank when tackling these tough tasks.
- Use malt vinegar or lemon juice. These dissolve the minerals and will help you wipe the surfaces clean. A good trick is to fill your kettle and add water mixed with vinegar or lemon juice and boil it, Lemon juice will be better unless you don’t mind the smell of vinegar. Lemon tea is more traditionally drunk, although apple cider vinegar has many health benefits, so it’s up to you!
- Use something sharp like a knife or a nail file. This way you can scrub the lime scale off. Obviously you will have to be careful that you don’t end up scratching the area underneath as well. You can try using the above method first to make the lime scale easier to move and therefore causing less damage to your surfaces.
- Hire a cleaning agency. Sometimes if it’s a really big job it might be better to bring in the big guns, providing your budget can stretch that far, professionals come with the right equipment and advice on how to maintain things.
- Water softening and conditioning. Prevention is sometimes better than cure so adding sodium to the water or attaching a conditioner to your pipes can help the buildup if you are really struggling.
Dirt and grime
- When things get bad up then you may have to bring in the heavy duty cleaner. Dirt can really build up in all domestic cleaning so you may have to go for the steam cleaners or more chemical based products for really good carpet cleaning. If you are up for some hard work then you may want to get things done more naturally with a stiff brush or broom and a good hoover.
- Grease that builds up in your kitchen can be unsightly. Try dipping your sponge in vinegar, wipe down your walls and then rinse with water. You can use this technique for oven cleaning and on the fridge. For best results use the vinegar undiluted, you might want to buy a big cheap bottle for all domestic cleaning tasks, go for a white version or a cider vinegar. They sell this conveniently in big tubs.
- For really tough areas try mixing the vinegar with baking powder to form a paste. This will create a powerful low cost cleaning product that’s really effective. Use it as you would a cream cleaner, get a scrubbing brush or sponge and really rub it in. For a low cost scrubber, try using scrunched up aluminum foil.
- Lemons are very acidic and can break up stains, try putting some of the juice in a spray bottle and using it after a shower or bath. It will leave a refreshing fragrance as well. If you do a whole batch it with last as a useful multipurpose cleaner as well.
- More powerful heavy duty cleaners can be used if all else fails. Use them when necessary for a more deep clean such as end of tenancy or office cleaning.