‘Only thing that works’ Remove toilet limescale in ’20 minutes’

Clean It, Fix It: Maxine reveals how best to remove toilet limescale

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Limescale usually builds up when hard water evaporates which then causes it to turn a strange colour. Some limescale looks white while others can look grey, pink or even reddish. If left, limescale can cause serious damage to heating and plumbing components.

In toilets, limescale can become permanent if it’s not regularly removed or maintained.

Luckily, fans of cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch, whose full name is Sophie Hinchliffe, have shared the best way to remove toilet limescale.

The cleaning and lifestyle influencer has more than 4.5 million followers on Instagram and often shares her garden and home tips online.

Fans of hers have taken to social media in recent years to share their own hacks for solving common household problems.

On one such group, Facebook user Tami Colton asked: “Hi, can anyone advise on a strong toilet tablet to remove limescale? I’ve tried Astonish, Dr Beckman.

“I’ve broken so many toilet brushes scrubbing, even used toothbrushes. Just can’t seem to get it off of where all the little bends are.

“I just get so anxious if people ask to use the bathroom, I don’t want to constantly use colour water things.

“So any products or even little tips would really, really help as my patience with the downstairs loo is doing my head in! Thank you in advance.”

The post was inundated with responses but the most suggested comment was to use Black Harpic.

Pauline White said: “Harpic 100 percent limescale remover, leave in the bowl as long as possible.”

Kim Dudley commented: “Harpic is very good but empty the water out of the bowl first (as much as you can) and if possible, leave for 24 hours, if not at least overnight.

“Then give a good scrub before flushing. Might need to re-apply depending on severity.”

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Geraldine Baines wrote: “Black Harpic liquid and tablets.”

Claire Fraser-wiberg replied: “Harpic in the black bottle. Remove as much water as you can, put lots of Harpic in and leave overnight.

“Do NOT mix bleach with Harpic. The other solution is an acid wash, nasty stuff but works. Only use in the toilet bowl, don’t mix with anything else, wear gloves and keep well away from children and pets.”

Michaela Lola Henderson said: “Black Harpic, leave on for half hour then scrub or scrape with a 2p piece. Worked wonders for me.”

Amanda Fitzpatrick suggested: “Two black Harpic tablets overnight, scrub and flush in the morning, then black Harpic bottle liquid all under the rim and leave for few hours, repeat until clean.”

Julie Oldham wrote: “I used black Harpic, left on for an hour or so then I used a dish brush with flat end to scrub. Worked great.”

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Kate Simpson commented: “Black Harpic is the only thing that works for us as we are in a hard water area. Try it overnight.”

Noleen Reynolds replied: “Black Harpic is amazing. Leave for 20 minutes or overnight if you can. Use a toilet brush and it’s gone.”

Eileen Dolan said: “Black Harpic all the way. Leave it on overnight, if possible.

“You can scrub around and under the rim with a sponge scrubby but do wear rubber gloves when using this product. Works every time.”

Black Harpic, also known as Harpic Power Plus Toilet Cleaner is available to buy from most local supermarkets and online.

Harpic Power Plus Toilet Cleaner 10x better than Bleach Gel costs £1.30 from Sainsbury’s.

Harpic Power Plus Toilet Cleaner Citrus costs £1.75 from Wilko. Harpic Power Plus Toilet Cleaner is available from Tesco for £1.65.

Other suggestions from Mrs Hinch fans included using tomato sauce, vinegar, Domestos, spirits of salt and denture-cleaning tablets.

Judy Bufton said: “Squirt tomato sauce in it and add some baking soda. Let it set for a while. Brush.”

Mary Helmick suggested: “I use plain old vinegar in the toilet bowl with a small amount of water.

“Let it sit for at least a couple of hours, clean the bowl with vinegar and water and flush.”

Wendy Foreman wrote: “Domestos limescale remover is brilliant. Put it into the toilet, leave it for an hour then scrub it with a toilet brush. If it doesn’t all go at first, do it again.”

Kim Lyons replied: “Spirits of salt. Leave for a few hours then scrub with a toilet brush.”

Kelly Good said: “Have you tried a toilet pumice? They are absolutely magic!”

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