Cleaning Limescale with Vinegar Review – Does it Work?

4 out of 5 leaves

4 out of 5 leaves

Vinegar is a popular low cost all purpose cleaner.  It’s better for the environment and safer for your family.  But can it handle limescale deposits from hard water?

The Good

  • Better for the Earth — natural vinegar vs synthetic cleaning compounds
  • Better for you — natural vinegar in the house vs scary chemicals
  • Very Low cost — One gallon of vinegar is only a couple dollars

The Bad

  • Didn’t completely remove limescale (almost – but not completely).

My Experience

We have hard water here in Los Angeles.  Look at how gross my dish rack pan gets after about a month of draining dishes.

Icky Limescale!

I decided to tackle it with old faithful – white vinegar!

I gave it a good spritz, waited a minute and wiped it down with a damp cloth.  A lot of the scale came off, but as the pan dried, I could see there was still a bit more to be removed.  I soaked the remaining spots with vinegar and gave it five minutes to work.  After giving it a final wipe-down and rinse, I let it fully dry and assessed the results.

Just a tiny bit left

As you can see there’s just a little shadow left of the scale.  For me this is good enough — especially since I know the scale will begin to build up again after the dinner dishes are done.  I rate it 4 out of 5 leaves only because it was not perfect, and I don’t want to spend more than 5 minutes on this.  As an added bonus, my kitchen smelled like Jones Salt and Vinegar chips for a short while.  Mmmmmmm!

Have you tried using vinegar for cleaning hard water scale?  How could I do it better?  Please share your thoughts and ideas below!

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12 Responses to Cleaning Limescale with Vinegar Review – Does it Work?

  1. I actually have no idea if we have hard water. I live in NJ. I used to live in the LA area though, so I understand. But I love the idea of using something more natural to clean.

  2. I love white vinegar. I use it on our cloth diapers when we start getting build up. Wonderful stuff!

  3. I haven’t tried using vinegar yet, but I will soon. I live on the central coast of California, and we definitely have hard water, here, too. I found your blog post via the Your Green Resource link-up today :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  4. Nancy says:

    We have very hard water here in eastern Nebraska (well water) and I use vinegar to spray down the shower stall after every use. It helps to keep the scale from forming. Great post!

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  7. Jutta says:

    I’ve only used white vinegar hot to remove lime stains. I boil it in my water kettle when there is too much build up. And then I let it sit for a while. Works great. I grew up with doing it that way.

  8. mcdowell@ykc.com says:

    I keep a 12 oz bottle of water with two tbs. of cider vinegar for minor heart burn in the refrigerator. Vinegar being acidic, you would think it would irritate the problem, but it works.

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