Limescale is a common problem many taps, kettles, washing machines and sinks face. Luckily Mrs Hinch fans are sharing a simple 2p hack which will remove limescale ‘in seconds’
It’s so difficult to keep on top of all things cleaning. Ideally, we’d all want gleaming taps, kettles, washing machines and sinks at all times, but cleaning is expensive and time-consuming.
Well, make excuses for your dull taps no more, because online cleaning lovers have got the perfect hacks for you!
Limescale is caused by minerals such as magnesium and calcium carbonate. These minerals enter water when it naturally runs over soft, spongy rocks such as limestone or chalk.
When this water is left on the surfaces, the liquid evaporates and leaves behind the minerals, which leaves an unsightly white build-up of limescale and residue on your surfaces.
Fans of cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch, have shared how to remove this gross limescale build-up using a 2pm coin.
One woman wrote: “May I ask if anyone has had any luck removing limescale from kitchen taps? I tried white vinegar, but had no luck.”
Limescale is one of the most frustrating cleaning challenges as it can be found wherever water is regularly used, and it can build up quickly before people even have a chance to notice.
Amongst the many comments, the most popular (and random!) solution that was suggested was to use a 2p coin.
Yes, you read that right – a 2p coin is apparently a small but mighty way to get rid of limescale!
One commenter said: “Gently rub with a wet 2p coin. It’s so easy and no chemicals are needed.”
Someone suggested: “Try rubbing with a 2p coin. It worked effectively on mine, the limescale just crumbles off in seconds.”
Another advised: “Been using a 2p coin on areas of limescale build up on my taps and around the bathroom for five years now and I’ve got no limescale problems anywhere now.”
Those frustrated with limescale can also use the 2p hack on toilet bowls to remove those grim brown limescale stains.
It’s recommended to put on a pair of rubber gloves before getting to work.
Other comments included: “A copper coin is amazing for eliminating any areas of limescale.”
“2p coin. Wet the coin and gently scrub against the limescale.”
Another added: “The best way I’ve found is to use a wet 2p coin and gently rub over the areas of the limescale. It works better than any chemicals and doesn’t cost a thing.”
With this 2p coin hack it’s essential to be careful not to scrub too hard and damage the ceramic or porcelain – gently does it.
This hack can also be tried on other household items such as baking trays, old pans, shower heads and even the kettle.
Another cheap hack Mrs Hinch fans suggested was using cola to get rid of limescale.
One said: “Fill a sandwich bag full of coke and tie it around the tap. Leave it overnight then use Brillo pad.”
Another commented: “Cola is good. Pour some in a plastic bag and tie around the tap. Leave overnight and it has a chemical reaction.”
A keen commenter suggested using both cola and the coin. They wrote: “Add cola to a polythene bag, put an elastic band on the tap first and put the bag over the tap, making sure to cover it.
“Then pull the band tightly over the bag and leave it overnight, scrape off any limescale left with a coin.”