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'Ingenious' 2p cleaning hack removes stubborn toilet limescale – 'it does work'

Limescale is caused by calcium and magnesium being left behind after hard water evaporates.

Limescale can be particularly bad in hard water areas and can make appliances less efficient.

Removing toilet limescale can be tricky because of where it’s located. While there are chemical solutions out there, these are often

With this in mind, fans of cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch, whose full name is Sophie Hinchliffe, have shared their simple solution for removing toilet limescale.

The cleaning and lifestyle influencer has more than 4.8 million followers on Instagram and often shares her garden and home tips online.

Recently, fans of hers have taken to social media to share their own hacks for solving common household problems.

Facebook user Natalie Launder posted: “I’m cleaning a 1960s lilac loo which has a very stubborn ring of extremely thick limescale build-up at water fill level. Ingenious cleaning hacks are greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.”

The post was inundated with responses which included using cola, caustic soda and Black Harpic.

However, the most suggested solution was to use a wet 2p coin to remove the unpleasant stains.

Lucy Ponsford said: “Scraping with a 2p coin works.”

Helen Knight commented: “Make sure you wet the 2p but it does work!”

It’s believed that using a 2p coin to scrape away limescale sparks a chemical reaction between the copper and calcium which means it can break down the limescale.

If you don’t have a 2p to spare, cleaners could try using one of the other suggestions Mrs Hinch fans suggested.

Niamh Hogan Dunn said: “Caustic soda. Hardware shop. Overnight if it’s very thick.”

Margaret Ann replied: “Spirit of salts [from] Amazon.”

Alexis Robertson suggested: “Plunge until all the water is gone then pour down a bottle of cola and leave for as long as you can. Lemon juice also works.”

Green Grandma commented: “Spray with a solution of dissolved citric acid and leave overnight.”

Alison Bowen wrote: “Black Harpic tablets and liquid. Available in a lot of supermarkets and online.”


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