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?
- 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
- Didn’t completely remove limescale (almost – but not completely).
We have hard water here in Los Angeles. Look at how gross my dish rack pan gets after about a month of draining dishes.
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.
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!