Tips for Solving Hard Water and
|When the water is used in your|
home, it can deposit limescale.
Hard water can reduce the
Limescale also can coat the heating
Where is Hard Water Found?
60% of homes in Great Britain are in hard water areas as the land is
composed of mostly limestone and chalk. London, Brighton, Southampton,
Bristol, and Lincoln are regions most affected by hard water, with
Manchester and Birmingham also affected by moderately hard water. Deposits
on your dishes and silver, or porcelain fixtures can indicate a hard water
problem. You can also have your water professionally tested by your
municipal water department.
How to Test for Hard Water?
You can do a simple test to see if you may have hard
water in your home by doing the following test with liquid dish washing
? Find a clean empty plastic bottle with a cap and remove the
? Fill the bottle about halfway with water (8-10 ounces);
? Add 10 drops of dish washing liquid;
? Put the cap back on and shake well;
? If the soapy solution foams up quickly you are okay and the
water isn’t hard;
? If it does not foam up but instead creates a milk-curd-like or
soapy film on the water surface then the water is likely hard.
If you want a definitive answer then you
can send a water sample out for testing to a certified water-testing
How can I treat my limescale and
hard water deposits?
1) Clean with malt vinegar or lemon juice. The acid
will dissolve the limescale. However, this is really only practical for
smaller items such as your dishes, silver, or tap fixtures and is only a
temporary solution to the problem.
2) Some people create a cleaning paste for stubborn
stains, consisting of 1/2 cup of baking soda with 1/4 cup of undiluted white
vinegar. Leave the paste on for half an hour and scrub away with nylon
bristles and wipe clean with a towel. Again, this is only a short-term
3) For your washing machine or dishwasher, use a cup
of vinegar or lemon juice in place of your regular detergent and run a full
cycle. For a coffee maker or kettle, fill the kettle a quarter full with
vinegar or lemon juice and leave for an hour. Then top up the kettle with
water and boil it. Rinse the kettle or coffee machine thoroughly to avoid
leaving the sour taste behind!
|4) Consider purchasing an|
electronic water softener for a more permanent solution to the
problem of hard water and limescale.
There are many different electronic water