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    • HappySad
    • By HappySad 4th Feb 07, 11:09 PM
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    Is vinegar OK to remove limescale from plastic shower head?
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    • 4th Feb 07, 11:09 PM
    Is vinegar OK to remove limescale from plastic shower head? 4th Feb 07 at 11:09 PM
    Would prefer to use vinegar as I would imagine it would be easier at removing limescale from a plastic shower head.

    Do you just pour it neat and leave it to soak over night? How long then?

    A shower engineer said not to use vinegar but to use "Viakal Lime To Shine 500ml". I would prefer to use vinegar because it is more natural and less harmful to skin, environment and also if my son drinks a bottle of vinegar nothing bad would happen to him.

    I can't get into the shower head and scrub off the limescale so I am hoping that soaking it would dissolve the it off.
    “…the ‘insatiability doctrine – we spend money we don’t have, on things we don’t need, to make impressions that don’t last, on people we don’t care about.” Professor Tim Jackson

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    • Secret Lady
    • By Secret Lady 4th Feb 07, 11:19 PM
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    • #2
    • 4th Feb 07, 11:19 PM
    • #2
    • 4th Feb 07, 11:19 PM
    Would prefer to use vinegar as I would imagine it would be easier at removing limescale from a plastic shower head.

    Do you just pour it neat and leave it to soak over night? How long then?

    A shower engineer said not to use vinegar but to use "Viakal Lime To Shine 500ml". I would prefer to use vinegar because it is more natural and less harmful to skin, environment and also if my son drinks a bottle of vinegar nothing bad would happen to him.

    I can't get into the shower head and scrub off the limescale so I am hoping that soaking it would dissolve the it off.
    by HappySad
    Soaking it overnight in white vinegar should remove the limescale and will not harm the plastic.

    If you get limescale on the bath / basin taps, put white vinegar on cotton wool and wrap around the taps using cling film and an elastic band, leave overnight and brush, repeat if neccessary. It works a treat and is far cheaper than buying Viakal or similar also usually as effective.
  • roswell
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    • 5th Feb 07, 12:11 AM
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    • 5th Feb 07, 12:11 AM
    new shower heads can be got for about £3
    If it doesnt pay rent sell it.
    Mortgage - £2,000
    Updated - November 2012
    • HappySad
    • By HappySad 5th Feb 07, 11:11 AM
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    • 5th Feb 07, 11:11 AM
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    • 5th Feb 07, 11:11 AM
    new shower heads can be got for about £3
    by roswell
    Will be using the vinegar method but I am also interested where you can get shower heads for £3. Are they all standard fitting to screw into all showers?
    “…the ‘insatiability doctrine – we spend money we don’t have, on things we don’t need, to make impressions that don’t last, on people we don’t care about.” Professor Tim Jackson

    “The best things in life is not things"
    • HappySad
    • By HappySad 5th Feb 07, 11:12 AM
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    • 5th Feb 07, 11:12 AM
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    • 5th Feb 07, 11:12 AM
    Soaking it overnight in white vinegar should remove the limescale and will not harm the plastic.

    If you get limescale on the bath / basin taps, put white vinegar on cotton wool and wrap around the taps using cling film and an elastic band, leave overnight and brush, repeat if neccessary. It works a treat and is far cheaper than buying Viakal or similar also usually as effective.
    by Secret Lady
    Would Matt Vinegar work? Got a whole load of this from Netto.
    “…the ‘insatiability doctrine – we spend money we don’t have, on things we don’t need, to make impressions that don’t last, on people we don’t care about.” Professor Tim Jackson

    “The best things in life is not things"
  • roswell
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    • 5th Feb 07, 9:04 PM
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    • 5th Feb 07, 9:04 PM
    Will be using the vinegar method but I am also interested where you can get shower heads for £3. Are they all standard fitting to screw into all showers?
    by HappySad

    home bargain / wilkinsons and i have even seen them in the occasional £1 shop and ebay

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/CHROME-SHOWER-HEAD-WITH-1-2M-HOSE-AND-HOLDER_W0QQitemZ270083617778QQihZ017QQcategoryZ712 82QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item270083617778
    If it doesnt pay rent sell it.
    Mortgage - £2,000
    Updated - November 2012
    • hardpressed
    • By hardpressed 6th Feb 07, 12:32 AM
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    • 6th Feb 07, 12:32 AM
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    • 6th Feb 07, 12:32 AM
    Yes, malt vinegar's fine, always use it .
    • Lord_Gardener
    • By Lord_Gardener 6th Feb 07, 7:44 AM
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    • 6th Feb 07, 7:44 AM
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    • 6th Feb 07, 7:44 AM
    Malt vinegar can also be used to descale your kettle! Lidl often have shower heads going cheap!
  • babyangel10
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    • 6th Feb 07, 2:34 PM
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    • 6th Feb 07, 2:34 PM
    Vinegar is great for descaling, BUT don't leave it on too long as I found out to my cost on some fairly new taps...I had removed the taps when I had a new bath fitted and soaked them in vinegar overnight. The chrome coating (or whatever is was) came away!

    Result - new taps!

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