How to get rid of limescale

A large proportion of the UK has hard water. According to the scale guard professional over 60%! Even if your not in a hard water area you’ve probably had to deal with limescale before regardless. 

Areas you may see limescale build-up:

  • Taps
  • Sinks
  • Kettle 
  • The boiler
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher

A lot of these places use electricity and limescale build-up can make them less energy efficient. 

Below we go over a number of different ways you can get rid of remove limescale deposits with a number of different home remedies. 

If you are tackling something a bit tougher or you have a build of cement residue than you might want to try and specially formulated limescale remover – to tackle those tough deposits. 

Lemon juice and vinegar

There are a lot of branded limescale removers available in the shops – including our own GoProtect limescale remover, however light deposits of calcium carbonate (to give limescale it’s proper name) can also be removed by lemon juice or ordinary white vinegar. 

If you do have any heavy limescale deposits to save you time and energy you may want to look into something harder. 

For lemon and vinegar you will need:

  • Lemon
  • vinegar 
  • brush

So what you need to do is take the lemon juice and vinegar, mix these together, Apply the solution to the tap with a j cloth or scrubber. Let it get soaked in. 

Then add a little soap solution if required. Then brush the tap with an old brush. Cleaning brush or toothbrush is fine. Rinse it with water and voila. 

How to get rid of limescale with GoProtect

Limescale remover

Our limescale remover has specifically been designed to remove limescale without damaging the underlying substrate or posing a danger to you. 

It is suitable for:

  • Metals
  • Plastics
  • Rubber
  • Glass
  • Ceramics
  • Stone
  • Paint
  • & many more

It also contains a blend of surfactants which as degreasers to add a sparkle to the finish. 

How to use: leave for a contact time of over 7 minutes (a few hours for heavy build ups) and then wipe away with a j-cloth or brush for any stubborn marks. 

Home remedies for different areas. 

Taps and bathroom fittings

Find a spray bottle and fill it with half vinegar and half water, and use it liberally on tiles, basins, baths and taps to keep limescale at bay. Always wash it after to clean away the limescale and the vinegar. 

For a build-up of limescale, soak a tea towel or cloth in the vinegar solution and cover it around the tap, then leave it for a couple of hours or overnight if you have time. You may need to scrub the tap after to get any difficult marks off.

Do not use it on plated taps, especially gold. The acid in vinegar can damage the surface.

Kettles and coffee makers

Fill the kettle with either half water and half vinegar and leave it overnight. In the morning the limescale will come off quickly and easily with a sponge and some water. Rinse it out and wash it thoroughly to remove any vinegary smell too (you don’t want a vinegary cup of tea). 

Make sure it is dry before plugging it back in and using again. 

Washing devices and dishwashers

For this home remedy again use a large cup of vinegar or lemon juice in place of your normal cleaning agent and run the device empty on a typical wash cycle. For a dishwasher, pour the liquid into the base of the machine. Along with removing the limescale. 


Attempt soaking the showerhead overnight in a mixture of half water and half vinegar or lemon juice. Wash with plain water after soaking and use a needle to poke any remaining scale out of the jet holes.

Toilets and tiles

Limescale deposits on flat surface areas, like bathroom tiles, are generally much easier to get rid of and require a jo cloth to clean off. Fill a water bottle spray with half water and half white vinegar option, spray and leave for a few minutes before rubbing off.

On a ceramic toilet bowl, try removing really heavy limescale deposits by rubbing carefully with an old toothbrush (or for extremely difficult and encrusted limescale, attempt using a pumice stone gently).

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