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    • recovering spendaholic
    • By recovering spendaholic 22nd Feb 06, 9:13 PM
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    REALLY Stubborn limescale!
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    • 22nd Feb 06, 9:13 PM
    REALLY Stubborn limescale! 22nd Feb 06 at 9:13 PM
    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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    • comping cat
    • By comping cat 22nd Feb 06, 9:21 PM
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    • 22nd Feb 06, 9:21 PM
    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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    • By calleyw 22nd Feb 06, 9:22 PM
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    • 22nd Feb 06, 9:22 PM
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    • 22nd Feb 06, 9:22 PM
    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?
    by recovering spendaholic

    Bicarb and vinegar in a paste. Worth a try.


    Yours


    Calley
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    • 22nd Feb 06, 9:33 PM
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    • 22nd Feb 06, 9:33 PM
    Bicarb and vinegar in a paste. Worth a try.


    Yours


    Calley
    by calleyw

    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.
    • Katgoddess
    • By Katgoddess 22nd Feb 06, 9:38 PM
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    • 22nd Feb 06, 9:38 PM
    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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    • 22nd Feb 06, 10:01 PM
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    • 22nd Feb 06, 10:01 PM
    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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    • Chipps
    • By Chipps 22nd Feb 06, 10:15 PM
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    • 22nd Feb 06, 10:15 PM
    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!
    • mossy
    • By mossy 22nd Feb 06, 10:25 PM
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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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    • recovering spendaholic
    • By recovering spendaholic 22nd Feb 06, 11:38 PM
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    • 22nd Feb 06, 11:38 PM
    What kind of vinegar?
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    • 22nd Feb 06, 11:38 PM
    Thanks for all your replies. I have read about people using white or distilled vinegar for cleaning - is that what you all use?
    • comping cat
    • By comping cat 23rd Feb 06, 8:19 AM
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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?
    by recovering spendaholic
    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!!!!!
  • Bossyboots
    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!!!!!
    by catowen

    Don't use the brown vinegar on carpets. Otherwise, it is fine for everyday cleaning including in the whites wash in the washing machine.
  • MrsB
    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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  • Jays
    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.
    by Katgoddess
    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?
    • larmy16
    • By larmy16 28th Apr 06, 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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  • starlite
    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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    • Anne_Marie
    • By Anne_Marie 5th May 06, 11:32 AM
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    Limescale
    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?
  • starlite
    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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    Apparently a coulpe of marbles does the trick:confused:
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  • starlite
    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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    • Anne_Marie
    • By Anne_Marie 5th May 06, 1:20 PM
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    Limescale
    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..
    by starlite
    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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