How to Remove Lime Scale From Bathroom Taps

Updated February 21, 2017

When hard water flows through bathroom faucets, it can deposit minerals on the fixtures. These minerals accumulate to create a chalky white residue that doesn't wipe off easily. Don't reach for abrasive cleaners, though, as they can scratch and damage the shiny finish on your faucet. Choose fast and affordable solutions that may already be sitting in your kitchen pantry.

Slide the upper half of a sliced lemon wedge into the opening of your faucet. Twist it around to coat the inner opening with the juice and leave the lemon wedged in the opening for about one hour.

Soak soft cotton cloths in either lemon juice or white distilled vinegar.

Wrap the cloths around the bathroom taps and any other affected areas. Secure them in place by wrapping rubber bands around the cloths.

Allow the cloths to sit for up to two hours, dampening them with vinegar or lemon juice as needed if they dry before then. Check them periodically, as minor deposits may take less time to dissolve.

Remove the cloths and wipe the fixtures with them. Any lime scale that did not dissolve should wipe away easily.

Rinse the taps with clean water and dry them thoroughly with a clean cloth.


Soak your shower head overnight in vinegar to dissolve mineral deposits.

Things You'll Need

  • Lemon
  • Knife
  • Vinegar
  • Soft cloths
  • Rubber bands
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