Don’t underestimate the power of lemon juice



When it comes to stubborn stains in the home, nothing is more eco-friendly and easier than using lemon juice. The citric acid in lemons helps break down a variety of hard-to-remove stains, such as hard water stains, limescale and soap scum. As these deposits build in taps and around fittings in a shower or bathtub, they become rock hard, so hard that even scrubbing won’t remove them. But lemon juice will.


To show you how effective lemon juice can be for removing limescale, we took a kitchen mixer tap that was being replaced and put lemon juice to the test.


We unscrewed the filter holder at the end of the tap and took out the plastic screen filter.


These parts were placed in a tub of concentrated lemon juice and left overnight to soak. The citric acid in lemon juice slowly breaks down the limescale. The following morning we used a normal kitchen scourer and some baking soda to gently remove any remaining limescale.


Here is what the tap looked like before we performed our test. You can clearly see a build up of limescape around the inside and bottom edge of the screen holder.


Here is our tap after soaking the parts in lemon juice overnight. You can use concentrated lemon juice to clean away hard deposits on taps, shower fittings, around shower doors and sink drains.


Janice Anderssen


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