How to Remove Lime Buildup on Faucets

Hard water, which is water that has high mineral content, can cause lime scale buildup.

Hard water can cause lime scale buildup on faucets.Hard water can cause lime scale buildup on faucets.
Its appearance is white and chalky looking, and you can usually find it around the kitchen and bathtub faucets in your home. Removing lime scale is not a difficult process, and you can remove it using several ingredients that you may already have in your home.

Soak a paper towel in a bowl of white vinegar. Vinegar contains acetic acid which breaks down the elements that cause lime scale buildup.

Place the paper towel over the faucet, and then wrap it around completely until no longer loose.

Tie a rubber band around the towel to ensure that it stays in place. Let the vinegar soak into the lime scale for 1 hour, and then wipe clean with a dry, soft cloth.

Combine 1 part water with 3 parts baking soda to form a paste that will break down the lime scale minerals.

Smear the paste over the faucet and allow it to stand for an hour. Wipe the paste off with a damp soft cloth, and then dry the faucet.

Things You Will Need

  • Paper towel
  • White vinegar
  • Bowls
  • Rubber band
  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Spoon
  • Soft cloths

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Stephanie Temperino is a freelance writer in New York City. She specializes in finance and technology topics. Graduating from the University of Massachusetts in 2009, Temperino holds a Bachelor of Arts in finance.