Main site > MoneySavingExpert.com Forums > Household & Travel > Old Style MoneySaving > gross toilet ! How to get rid of limescale (Page 1)

IMPORTANT! This is MoneySavingExpert's open forum - anyone can post

Please exercise caution & report any spam, illegal, offensive, racist, libellous post to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com

  • Be nice to all MoneySavers
  • All the best tips go in the MoneySavingExpert weekly email

    Plus all the new guides, deals & loopholes

  • No spam/referral links
or Login with Facebook
gross toilet ! How to get rid of limescale
View Poll Results:
0 0%
Voters: 0. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
Views: 172,781
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
# 1
sportY
Old 30-06-2005, 8:09 PM
MoneySaving Convert
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 20
Default gross toilet ! How to get rid of limescale

Our toilet has developed what looks like limescale in the bottom of it that I can't shift. The only way I can slightly remove it is by scraping it with a knife!!! But i'm worried about leaving scrape marks on the porcelain.

Does anyone know of any homemade concoctions that will !!!! the darn stuff?
I've tried the really good branded stuff but it doesn't work and costs a fortune.

Be grateful for your recomendations.
Thanks
sportY is offline
Reply With Quote Report Post
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to sportY For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 2
Ted_Hutchinson
Old 30-06-2005, 8:15 PM
Fantastically Fervent MoneySaving Super Fan
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 6,872
Default

If you could get the water out of the toilet you could spray it with WD40 and it should rub off.
Ted_Hutchinson is offline
Reply With Quote Report Post
The Following 6 Users Say Thank You to Ted_Hutchinson For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 3
squeaky
Old 30-06-2005, 8:16 PM
Deliciously Dedicated Diehard MoneySaving Devotee
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Sunny Suffolk
Posts: 13,817
Send a message via MSN to squeaky
Default

Hiya, and... Yep! Coca cola left overnight.

I've seen other tips too - let me go look... watch this space I'll edit this post when I find others
Hi, I'm a Board Guide on the Old Style and the Consumer Rights boards which means I'm a volunteer to help the boards run smoothly and can move and merge posts there. Board guides are not moderators and don't read every post. If you spot an inappropriate or illegal post then please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com. It is not part of my role to deal with reportable posts. Any views are mine and are not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.

Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence.
DTFAC: Y.T.D = £5.20 Apr £0.50
squeaky is offline
Reply With Quote Report Post
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to squeaky For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 4
sportY
Old 30-06-2005, 8:17 PM
MoneySaving Convert
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 20
Default

I've heard about coca cola - but does it really work???
sportY is offline
Reply With Quote Report Post
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to sportY For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 5
sportY
Old 30-06-2005, 8:18 PM
MoneySaving Convert
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 20
Default

WD40? Hmmmmmm....just need to find an easy way of getting the water out of the loo then..... would I need to soak it in wd40 for long??
sportY is offline
Reply With Quote Report Post
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to sportY For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 6
squeaky
Old 30-06-2005, 8:21 PM
Deliciously Dedicated Diehard MoneySaving Devotee
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Sunny Suffolk
Posts: 13,817
Send a message via MSN to squeaky
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by sportY
I've heard about coca cola - but does it really work???
So I'm told

A good dose of vinegar (distilled for preference) left overnight works too. This I know for sure 'cos I've used this one Saved me an edit.
Hi, I'm a Board Guide on the Old Style and the Consumer Rights boards which means I'm a volunteer to help the boards run smoothly and can move and merge posts there. Board guides are not moderators and don't read every post. If you spot an inappropriate or illegal post then please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com. It is not part of my role to deal with reportable posts. Any views are mine and are not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.

Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence.
DTFAC: Y.T.D = £5.20 Apr £0.50
squeaky is offline
Reply With Quote Report Post
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to squeaky For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 7
apprentice tycoon
Old 30-06-2005, 8:22 PM
Fantastically Fervent MoneySaving Super Fan
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: in my own little world
Posts: 3,279
Default

If you can find long wooden skewers these will be kinder to your porcelain to scratch off the limescale. When the loo is all clear you can keep it that way by using the AmbiPur type cleaners that hang over the edge of the bowl - when it's empty you can fill it with neat bleach, this works far better than the AmbiPur and you can re-fill dozens of times for just pennies. This drip, drip, drip of bleach keeps the bowl clean
apprentice tycoon is offline
Reply With Quote Report Post
The Following 11 Users Say Thank You to apprentice tycoon For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 8
sportY
Old 30-06-2005, 8:24 PM
MoneySaving Convert
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 20
Default

ooo...good tip on the Ambi Pur thingies.....
sportY is offline
Reply With Quote Report Post
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to sportY For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 9
sportY
Old 30-06-2005, 8:25 PM
MoneySaving Convert
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 20
Default

Does distilled vinegar stink less that the normal Sarsons stuff???
I'm off away for the weekend so I could levae it in all weekend so it would have loads of time to work!!
sportY is offline
Reply With Quote Report Post
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to sportY For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 10
squeaky
Old 30-06-2005, 8:26 PM
Deliciously Dedicated Diehard MoneySaving Devotee
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Sunny Suffolk
Posts: 13,817
Send a message via MSN to squeaky
Default

Distilled is a LOT less smelly, yes. All weekend would be a real winner
Hi, I'm a Board Guide on the Old Style and the Consumer Rights boards which means I'm a volunteer to help the boards run smoothly and can move and merge posts there. Board guides are not moderators and don't read every post. If you spot an inappropriate or illegal post then please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com. It is not part of my role to deal with reportable posts. Any views are mine and are not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.

Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence.
DTFAC: Y.T.D = £5.20 Apr £0.50
squeaky is offline
Reply With Quote Report Post
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to squeaky For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 11
Ted_Hutchinson
Old 30-06-2005, 8:46 PM
Fantastically Fervent MoneySaving Super Fan
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 6,872
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by sportY
WD40? Hmmmmmm....just need to find an easy way of getting the water out of the loo then..... would I need to soak it in wd40 for long??
From the WD40 website Clear out limescale and mucky build up with a quick spray of WD-40 onto a cloth. You can give it a bit of a scrub for a nice shiny finish. I've not used it down the loo but I sprayed it round my taps and gave them a rub and they came up fine. Didn't bother about letting it soak.

If you wrapped a cloth round the toilet brush and used it like a plunger you could probably shunt enough water down the pipe to get at the limescale.
Ted_Hutchinson is offline
Reply With Quote Report Post
The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to Ted_Hutchinson For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 12
jue
Old 30-06-2005, 8:49 PM
MoneySaving Convert
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 193
Default

I recently had a limescale problem, bought some lemon toilet cleaner from Lidl and the limescale came off following an overnight soak. It's really great stuff, thick and smells nice too.
Jue
jue is offline
Reply With Quote Report Post
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to jue For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 13
Mado
Old 30-06-2005, 8:55 PM
Deliciously Dedicated Diehard MoneySaving Devotee
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Location, Location
Posts: 19,710
Default

I suppose if you are going to use the vinegar trick you may want to fill the toilet with boiling water before hand. Heat accelerates the dissolution reaction.
I lost my job as a cricket commentator for saying “I don’t want to bore you with the details”.Milton Jones
Mado is offline
Reply With Quote Report Post
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Mado For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 14
Bossyboots
Old 30-06-2005, 9:01 PM
Fantastically Fervent MoneySaving Super Fan
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 6,549
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by apprentice tycoon
If you can find long wooden skewers these will be kinder to your porcelain to scratch off the limescale. When the loo is all clear you can keep it that way by using the AmbiPur type cleaners that hang over the edge of the bowl - when it's empty you can fill it with neat bleach, this works far better than the AmbiPur and you can re-fill dozens of times for just pennies. This drip, drip, drip of bleach keeps the bowl clean
A warning on these ones you hang over the side of the toilet. They can get knocked into the pan and flushed away. There is then a real risk of your pipe getting blocked.

This happened to us and we were lucky it was close enough for us to get to. A bit further and we would have been in real trouble.
Bossyboots is offline
Reply With Quote Report Post
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Bossyboots For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 15
culpepper
Old 30-06-2005, 9:11 PM
Fantastically Fervent MoneySaving Super Fan
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Kent
Posts: 3,410
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mado
I suppose if you are going to use the vinegar trick you may want to fill the toilet with boiling water before hand. Heat accelerates the dissolution reaction.
NO! ...........it cracks the toilet bowl!!!!
cold vinegar left as long as possible will help.
culpepper is offline
Reply With Quote Report Post
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to culpepper For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 16
elvis_bloggs
Old 30-06-2005, 9:16 PM
PPR
Fantastically Fervent MoneySaving Super Fan
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Oldham.
Posts: 7,904
Default

Would someone who suffers with acidity be of any use if they had a pee in it.

elvis_bloggs is offline
Reply With Quote Report Post
The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to elvis_bloggs For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 17
moggins
Old 30-06-2005, 10:27 PM
Fantastically Fervent MoneySaving Super Fan
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Gloucester
Posts: 5,177
Default

If you're not afraid to put your hands down the loo then you can rub the limescale away with a pumice stone. Mine was completely manky when I moved in and I did this to mine, it came up like new
Organised people are just too lazy to look for things

F U Fund currently at £250
moggins is offline
Reply With Quote Report Post
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to moggins For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 18
Chipps
Old 30-06-2005, 10:55 PM
Serious MoneySaving Fan
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Essex
Posts: 1,543
Default

Vinegar dissolves calcium, which is what limescale is made of, so if you can get vinegar on the yukky part for long enough it will do the job.
(for a science experiment, try leaving an eggshell in vinegar, and see what happens. Eggshells are also made of calcium)
Chipps is offline
Reply With Quote Report Post
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Chipps For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 19
Austin Allegro
Old 01-07-2005, 1:46 PM
Serious MoneySaving Fan
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 1,392
Default

Easiest way is just pour a litre of bleach into the bowl and leave for 24 hours or overnight. It should come up completely clean. The difficult part is keeping this up by adding a squirt of bleach every day or so.
Austin Allegro is offline
Reply With Quote Report Post
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Austin Allegro For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 20
katiepops
Old 01-07-2005, 2:20 PM
MoneySaving Stalwart
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 350
Default

You can get Harpic bleach tablets in Wilkos for about £1 a box - they work really well too (they look like diswasher tablets - two different colours).

Kate
katiepops is offline
Reply With Quote Report Post
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to katiepops For This Useful Post: Show me >>
Reply

Bookmarks
 
 




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

 Forum Jump  

Contact Us - MoneySavingExpert.com - Archive - Privacy Statement - Top

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 10:58 AM.

 Forum Jump  

Free MoneySaving Email

Top deals: Week of 16 April 2014

Get all this & more in MoneySavingExpert's weekly email full of guides, vouchers and Deals

GET THIS FREE WEEKLY EMAIL Full of deals, guides & it's spam free

Latest News & Blogs

Martin's Twitter Feed

profile
  • RT @MoneySavingExp: Weekly email:Free breaking bad, top shares ISA, HOT bband deal ending, 2.5% cash ISA, Tesco wine sale, £10 champers.. h?
  • RT @MoneySavingExp: Ovivo closure: MSE?s reported the mobile firm to authorities. If you?ve been affected, here?s how you can complain http?
  • Right switching off Twitter now. Going back offline. Thanks to those of both sides tweets for making it a more enjoyable watch.

Cheap Travel Money

Find the best online rate for holiday cash with MSE's TravelMoneyMax.

Find the best online rate for your holiday cash with MoneySavingExpert's TravelMoneyMax.

TuneChecker Top Albums

  • VARIOUS ARTISTSNOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! 87
  • VARIOUS ARTISTSULTIMATE CLUB ANTHEMS
  • VARIOUS ARTISTSFROZEN (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK)

MSE's Twitter Feed

profile
Always remember anyone can post on the MSE forums, so it can be very different from our opinion.
We use Skimlinks and other affiliated links in some of our boards, for some of our users.