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REALLY Stubborn limescale!
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Old 22-02-2006, 9:13 PM
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Default REALLY Stubborn limescale!

I have been using OS cleaning products and ideas for a few weeks now and am loving them, but I have a problem with extremely stubborn limescale under the rim of the toilet. Even mega powerful chemical stuff won't shift it completely. I need something which won't just drip down, but will adhere, like a paste, so that I can leave it on to work for a while. Has anyone got any ideas?
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Old 22-02-2006, 9:21 PM
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Have you tried a paste of vinegar and bicarb? that might help, as vinegar will remove limescale from taps, and the bicarb will help make it a paste, and give it an extra umpf!!!!
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Old 22-02-2006, 9:22 PM
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I have been using OS cleaning products and ideas for a few weeks now and am loving them, but I have a problem with extremely stubborn limescale under the rim of the toilet. Even mega powerful chemical stuff won't shift it completely. I need something which won't just drip down, but will adhere, like a paste, so that I can leave it on to work for a while. Has anyone got any ideas?

Bicarb and vinegar in a paste. Worth a try.


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Old 22-02-2006, 9:33 PM
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Bicarb and vinegar in a paste. Worth a try.


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Definitely worth a try. It works like a dream. You might have to persevere but believe me, having cleaned three skanky toilets in rental flats for my son, this will work.
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Old 22-02-2006, 9:38 PM
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I read somewhere on here about someone who soaked toilet roll in vinegar and stuck it to the side of the toilet and left overnight. Kitchen roll would probably be easier to manage as it is larger.
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Old 22-02-2006, 10:01 PM
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Not very OS but i got some Cillit BANG (flippin silly name eh?) reduced in wilko's and by eck it works!
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Old 22-02-2006, 10:15 PM
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I was going to suggest the "stuff vinegar-soaked kitchen towel" method. It works around taps etc, so should work there.. although if anyone wants to use the loo in the night it might be a problem!!!!
Vinegar is brilliant for just eating away limescale. Great stuff!
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I tried cillit bang stuff but it couldn't shift the limescale on my bathroom taps so I'll give the vinegar paste a go.
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Thanks for all your replies. I have read about people using white or distilled vinegar for cleaning - is that what you all use?
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Thanks for all your replies. I have read about people using white or distilled vinegar for cleaning - is that what you all use?
Yes, i use the white distilled vinegar, but i do know lots of people do use normal malt vinegar without any staining!!!! I will prob use that (as it is cheaper) once ive used all my clear stuff!!!!!
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Yes, i use the white distilled vinegar, but i do know lots of people do use normal malt vinegar without any staining!!!! I will prob use that (as it is cheaper) once ive used all my clear stuff!!!!!

Don't use the brown vinegar on carpets. Otherwise, it is fine for everyday cleaning including in the whites wash in the washing machine.
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Flylady's site recommends pumice stone for removing limescale from toilet bowls. She means when it's quite thick and looks like it could be chipped away I believe, but she says to empty the water out and use a pumice stone to gently scrub the scale away. Never tried it, but if all else fails :confused:
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I read somewhere on here about someone who soaked toilet roll in vinegar and stuck it to the side of the toilet and left overnight. Kitchen roll would probably be easier to manage as it is larger.
Just read this thread, and this comes months later so may not be relevant - or maybe too late!!

If you use kitchen paper instead of loo roll, is there not a danger of the kitchen paper blocking the toilet when you flush it? or have you done to the messy trouble of scrapping it out before you flush?
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Old 28-04-2006, 10:55 PM
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Harpic 100% limescale remover toilet cleaner is the best in my opinion. You could (using gloves), soak your kitchen towel in that and shove up the rim. Dont flush it down the loo. Once you have removed it, use an old toothbrush once a week to keep the limescale from forming
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Default fab way to avoid limescale in a kettle..

I recently came across a tip of throwing two small seashells into your kettle to stop limescalebuild up.

I'm gladto say my previous monthly soak and scrub with white vinegar is now a thing of the past!
It works so well..

now ....do any seafaring o.stylers fancy posting me some new shells!? lol
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Old 05-05-2006, 11:32 AM
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Thanks for that starlite, you learn something new everyday. Our water is lovely and no limescale, but moving next year to an area where we will have that problem, so taking a note of this now.
Do you want me to pop along to the beach now and pick you up some shells?
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lol..well i grew up with good old yorkshire water so moving to london was quite a shock!

I soon learned the methods though!..

i.e once a week all the taps get wrapped in musiln soaked in vinegar overnight and then scoured..
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thanks- we tried that but we have a lightweight chrome kettle that 'revs' when boiling and they dented it all around the bottom...

speaking of kettles has anyone seen the new ones that boil to under boiling temp.. (god that makes no sense but can't think how else to describe it..lol)

they look great as boiling water can ruin good tea or cofee..and even the tiny energy saving all adds up!
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Old 05-05-2006, 1:20 PM
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lol..well i grew up with good old yorkshire water so moving to london was quite a shock!

I soon learned the methods though!..

i.e once a week all the taps get wrapped in musiln soaked in vinegar overnight and then scoured..
Oh stop it starlite, hadn't even thought of that - am going to have so much more housework to do!
Never mind, will have a beach nearby too, so can always pick up some sea-shells!
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