Limescale is a pesky substance that builds up in appliances and pipes that are regularly exposed to hard water.
The hard water evaporates leaving behind calcium carbonate which is a chalky substance that we commonly refer to as limescale.
Toilet bowls are one of the most common places for limescale to build up and it typically appears as a brown, orange or pink-coloured stain.
With this in mind, a landlord took to the Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips Facebook page to ask for some advice after their tenant left their toilet in a state.
Rebecca Davey wrote: “My tenants have just moved out and besides leaving the house rather dirty, the toilet is black. Best solutions to get it back to white please?”
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While some group members suggested Rebecca use bleach to solve the issue, it is not the most effective option.
Even though bleach is a great cleaning agent for many bathroom surfaces, it isn’t great at removing limescale. All bleach will do is mask the stain rather than remove it completely.
For the quickest way to effectively remove these toilet bowl stains, cleaning enthusiasts suggested using Harpic Power Plus tablets.
Posting a picture of the product, Emily Cole said: “My son moved into a flat recently with a similar issue, these Harpic tablets worked fantastically.”
Simone Reed wrote: “Harpic tablets work all the time and you don’t need to scrub, just brush it off with your toilet brush after the tablets have been left to soak for some time.”
Ann Stewart wrote: “Black Harpic tablets are my favourite or black Harpic liquid. They work so much better than bleach and don’t leave a horrid smell.”
Michelle Jackson said: “Harpic toilet tablets, you only need two of them. Leave them in the bowl for around 20 to 30 minutes then brush and flush.”
Posting a picture of the tablets, Karrilea Hudson commented: “Twenty minutes and any thick brown toilet limescale will be gone. They are amazing and the best thing for limescale in your toilet.”
On Harpic’s website, they claim that the product starts working “immediately” to thoroughly clean where households can’t reach, “without any need to scrub”.
These tablets come in a pack of eight and retail for £3 at most supermarkets such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Ocado. As only two tablets need to be used at one time this works out as 75p per use.
For those looking to go down the natural cleaning route, one group member suggested using white vinegar.
Tara Scully said: “White vinegar, cheap and super effective. Worked a treat after my tenants moved out. Leave in overnight – the whole bottle.”