How to remove limescale from tiles using natural products

Limescale builds up on bath or shower tiles but it can be easily removed using natural products such as vinegar bicarbonate of soda and lemon juice.

Bathroom tiles


I always have a stock of vinegar at my home because it is such a brilliant cleaner which can be used for so many household cleaning tasks. To make a cheap bathroom cleaner, you will need:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup of distilled white vinegar
  • 1 spray bottle
  1. Mix up your solution in the spray bottle
  2. Spray directly onto the tiles
  3. Leave for a few minutes
  4. Wipe clean with a soft brush or cloth
  5. Repeat until all limescale has been removed
  6. Repeat weekly to prevent limescale deposits from developing

Read: more posts about the uses of vinegar

Where to buy household cleaning vinegar

If you can, try to support your local hardware shop by seeing if they sell vinegar. Otherwise you can get it online from:

Lemon juice

Lemon juice has light acidic qualities that disinfect and break up soap scum and limescale without harming tile or grout.

  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice
  • 1 spray bottle
  1. Pour one-half cup of lemon juice into a spray bottle, then spray onto bathroom tiles.
  2. Wipe clean with a brush or soft cloth (microfibre cloths are ideal for this).
  3. Rinse and repeat as necessary until all the limescale has gone.

 Bicarbonate of soda or baking soda

Bicarbonate of soda is another staple in my green cleaning cupboard. Like vinegar it's a very versatile product and can be used to clean a wide range of items.

  1. Mist the area of tile with a sprinkle of water or a spray of the above vinegar solution.
  2. Sprinkle a dusting of baking soda over the area.
  3. Leave for a few minutes.
  4. Work into the tile with a soft brush or cloth.
  5. Rinse.

Buy bicarbonate of soda

Bicarbonate of soda is sold in many supermarkets and hardware shops. I've found the most cost-effective way though is to buy it from an Asian supermarket where I get it in 1.5kg bags. If you prefer shopping online you can get it from:

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