Over time, limescale builds up in the toilet bowl and it can sometimes be hard to remove. Limescale forms in the toilet when hard water evaporates and calcium and magnesium combine, which leaves deposits behind. Luckily, there are easy ways to get rid of it and fans of the cleaning influencer Mrs Hinch shared their best recommendations on social media.
On a Facebook group, cleaning enthusiast Vicki Fincher recommended Harpic, a product which can be found in any major supermarket.
“It is great but I also use thick bleach and bicarbonate of soda left for a few hours or overnight. Comes up a treat!”
Katherine Stanley agreed to say Black Harpic is what works for her. “Also denture tablets and scrub with a pumice stone,” she recommended.
“When white keep clean with a spray bottle of white vinegar. This also cleans the seat and outside the toilet,” the woman advised.
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Alison Kitts added that Harpic “works amazing”. The woman, who works as a cleaner, explained she used it at a client’s house recently, where “the bottom of the toilet was so bad” but she let it sit and then used the toilet brush and “it all chipped off”.
Another cleaning enthusiast, Yvonne Gray, “highly” recommended Harpic. “Bleach won’t get rid of limescale, it will just whiten it,” she explained.
Rebecca Sylvester said her husband emptied the water out, then she used Black Harpic overnight, she flushed the next morning and it was gone. “I didn’t even need to scrub! It’s been white ever since!” she explained.
Experts at Harpic said that limescale can easily build up around the toilet rim “so although you may only see a few hints of the residue, it could be allowing much less water into the bowl for every flush”.
“A diluted solution as per instructions on the bleach itself made up in a plastic jug.
“It disinfects dishcloths (it discolours sponges though, use disinfectant for those) and will kill bacteria including Coronavirus. Wash sinks/taps first with household soap,” she recommended.
Andrea O’Neill agreed also suggesting cheap thick bleach but she advised to “leave as long as possible” for it to work.