Apply lemon juice or vinegar to taps for limescale removal, mixing with baking soda and making a paste if the limescale is persistent. Paper towels, rags, lemon juice, white distilled vinegar, a plastic bag, a rubber band, a toothbrush and an all-purpose cleaner are needed. Depending on the amount of limescale, removal can take from 5 minutes to one hour.
- Clean the tap
Clean loose dirt and debris from the tap using a damp, soapy rag or all-purpose cleaner. Pay particular attention to areas where water drips. Rinse the fixture with water, and wipe it dry.
- Wipe with lemon juice
Apply lemon juice to the tap to dissolve the limescale. Clean the lemon juice off with water and a soft cloth.
- Apply vinegar
Inspect the tap for remaining limescale. Mix vinegar and baking soda to create a paste. Apply the paste to the limescale. Rinse and wipe the paste off after 30 minutes. If the limescale persists, pour 1/3 cup vinegar into a plastic bag, and use a rubber band to wrap it around the tap. Remove after two to three hours, and use a toothbrush to scrub the deposits away.
- Clean the aerator
Remove the aerator from the tap, and place it in a small bowl of vinegar for one hour to soften the limescale. Scrub the screen with a toothbrush, and rinse before replacing.