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I have been buying Lime Lite Limescale Remover for years and swear by it for removing limescale from lots of things around the house.
One of the main things I use it on is the toilet. It doesn't tell you to use it for this on the bottle but it is brilliant at it anyway. We live in a very hard water area so we get the lime scale building up pretty quickly on everything that is to do with water. I try to keep our toilet as clean as possible anyway as it is a white toilet and shows the marks but every now and then we see we are getting a build up of lime scale at the bottom of the bowl under the water line. If this doesn't get taken care of it develops into that horrid brown stuff you see down the toilets and is really revolting, I know as before I found Limelite we used to have it quite often and the only way I could get rid of it was scraping it off with a chisel or something. This was not a very good way of doing it as it used to scratch the surface of the china bowl. When we had a new toilet put in a few years ago I had seen an advert on the tv for this new Limelite stuff and saw it dissolved it so thought I would give it a try and see if it worked on this area and found ti worked a treat.
To get it to work properly you need to remove the water from the bottom of the bowl first. This is not such a disgusting job as it sounds, it is best to wear rubber gloves though. If you have one of those toilet brushes then I find the easiest way is to use it like a plunger and keep plunging the brush into the water as quickly as you can. This forces the water to go up around the s bend and out of the bowl. Once most of it is out then use a sponge to get the rest out and place the sponge in a bucket so you don't get water all around the floor. Once as much water is out as possible then you need to squirt some limelite over the lime marks in the toilet. If you have a thick layer it might take a few goes at it to get it off completely. As you pour it over the lime it starts to fizz so you can see it is starting to work straight away.
Leave it to do its work for 20 minutes or so and then come back and give it a good rub with the toilet brush, you should be able to see some of the limescale coming off, if its only a little bit you have then the job should be done but if you have more then put a bit more on and leave it again. Once you are happy with the result just flush the toilet and it will fill up with water again.
Another job I do with the limelite is I pour a tiny bit around the bathroom and kitchen taps at the bottom and around the bit where the water comes out. I also put a bit around the plug hole. This will get off any lime scale that is forming around these areas. It will look like a grey kind of stuff all around the tap. Once this had soaked for 10 or 20 minutes I use a sponge with the scourer one side to get the loosened lime off and then use the sponge side to shine up the taps themselves.
The other day, my iron was not working properly, the steam was not coming out like it should so I looked underneath and found the holes had furred up with the lime scale so I used the lime lite for this. I had never used it on an iron before so was not sure how to do it. I had to dilute a capful in some water and then pour it into the iron where you put the normal water and give it a good shake over the sink so that the water started to come down into the holes in the plate. When I turned it over to look I could see the lime fizzing in the little holes already. I had to leave the iron plate down in the kitchen sink for a while to let the water run through. I think I left it a good half hour all in all and then I shook it some more and I could see little specks of the lime coming off onto the sink. I couldn't get all of the water to shake out of the iron so in the end I poured the rest out and then gave the plate of the iron a good clean. Then I had to put some clean water in it and put it on steam and iron over an old cloth for a bit until there was no more lime coming out. Then I cleaned the plate once again and my iron was like new.
It tells you you can use this for descaling kettles as well but I haven't tried it on my one before.
You must make sure that if you get this on your skin you wash it off immediately. I do not always wear rubber gloves when using it unless I am doing the toilet but I do wash it off my hands straight away and I have never had any skin problems from using it.
I would definitely recommend this. I am not sure where to get it now as I have had my latest bottle for a while now and I just looked on Tesco website and they only do a trigger bottle for cleaning purposes like a kitchen cleaner stuff but I am sure you can still buy it, may be in Wilkinson or another supermarket.
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I never pay any money for cleaning products. Well, if possible, I never pay any money for anything, but I "acquired" a bottle of Limelite last week and, as the kettle was looking a bit furry and I was off sick from work I thought it would be something to do. (I didn't nick it, by the way - my husband is a surveyor who occasionally has to clear out offices of firms who have gone bankrupt - hence the free cleaning stuff, computers etc.) My mum always uses some stuff called Kilrock, which she claims is the only thing which could possibly work. I will be recommending Limelite to her, however, as it zapped the limescale fast and furiously. Limelite is easy to use - you just boil the kettle, squirt it in, leave it for about fifteen minutes, wash it out, boil it up again and that's it. As soon as I poured the Limelite into the kettle, it started to make a fizzing sound - a sure sign that it must be doing something. After a few seconds, the limescale began to float away from the sides before my very eyes. Wow! A fascinating process to watch (who says I haven't got a life?) Fifteen minutes later, a perfectly clean and clear kettle. There was no evidence of limescale floating about - it had disappeared and if I could remember anything about A-level physics, I could probably tell you why. Well, this would not be a good opinion if it didn't list some disadvantages, so I must point out that you need to use about half the bottle for one "go". Don't be fooled by the fact that it looks as though you are getting a lot for your money - it will run out fairly quickly. I am ashamed to say that I don't know whether it's good value for money as I didn't fork out for it - if it hadn't been free I would have just put up with bits in my Earl Grey for years to come. Having seen the excellent results, however, I will definitely try to "acquire" some more in the future.
This stuff verges on the magical........or it would if it wasn't a clearly scientific chemical reaction that takes place here....basically it works! If you live in a hard water area, you know what a struggle it can be to keep taps and sinks shiny and limescale free... (honestly, it's the only problem that occupies my thoughts! <g>) Limescale build up makes sinks,baths and taps look like they're dirty, even after you've cleaned them - if this is a problem for you, try Limelite Gel Limescale remover. Apply it, leave it for a minute (really!) and remove...no scrubbing, it just dissolves the limescale away. The bottle does say that a second application might be neccessary, but in practice I've not found that to be the case. The only thing you have to be careful of is not leaving the gel in contact with your sink or taps for too long - definitely no longer that a minute or 2 (read the bottle!!) I discovered that my cleaner was doing just that, and can see where the sealant around the taps has been eaten away slightly, so be careful! Anyway, this is a job I don't mind doing myself, because there is so little effort involved, and it's very satisfying watching your bathroom clean up so quickly before your very eyes...... (I never did like housework much, but this is fun!)