What to do against lime
The most important points in brief:
- Marble is the most compact form of lime
- Limescale stains are not only visually disruptive, but bacteria can also form on the deposits
- Vinegar can help remove lime
- Keep wet surfaces dry as usual
You have probably seen it before or experienced it at home: white limescale deposits in the kitchen or bathroom. We could now go back and first explain what lime actually is. But for that we would have to go into chemistry and that would go beyond the scope of this article. So in a nutshell: Lime occurs in nature, marble is the most compact form of this material. Lime contains magnesium and calcium, both of which are important minerals for the human body. Most of the time, limescale or the well-known limescale stains arise from the evaporation of water containing lime and magnesium. Magnesium and lime cannot evaporate and thus remain as visible stains. The white spots are not only visually disruptive, but bacteria can also accumulate on the surface. So let's get rid of it!
Here we would like to share the most important tips from our point of view with you:
- Vinegar is probably the best known and most tried and tested home remedy for removing limescale stains. Depending on the severity of the stains, vinegar can be diluted with water or applied pure. Protect your hands with household gloves, however, as vinegar can irritate the skin.
- Citric acid can help remove mild limescale stains and is available in drug stores.
- You can not only bake with it: If you want to remove limescale from aluminum, baking powder can help you with this. Mix the baking powder with water to a pulpy mass and let it work for a short time.
- Not only baking soda but baking soda can also help in removing lime.
- If you cannot get rid of the limescale deposits despite various attempts, you can buy decalcifying agents in specialist shops and apply them to the affected areas. Warning: the decalcifying agents you buy are usually very strong and can irritate the skin.
Lime in drinking water
Lime is a component of water and whoever drinks directly from the tap will also take this lime with them. But is this lime harmful to health? No. Lime has no harmful effects in drinking water. Since lime contains magnesium and calcium, both of which are important minerals for the body, you can also enjoy the next glass of water with peace of mind.
Avoid lime stains
As already mentioned, limescale forms mainly on wet surfaces. Therefore, make sure that you dry large areas in the kitchen or, for example, the tap after use, so that the annoying stains do not arise in the first place.
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