250ml of hot water
1 teaspoon powdered dishwasher detergent
Washing up brush
Optional - rubber gloves
1. Heat 250ml of water in the kettle until boiling.
2. Allow the boiling water to cool until no simmering noises are heard.
3. Place a level teaspoon of a powdered dishwasher detergent into the sink (make sure the plug is in).
4. Pour over the hot water and allow to act for 30 seconds.
5. Use the washing up brush to clean the bowl and work the solution over the rest of the sink.
6. Open the plughole, drain any remaining cleaning solution (remove the strainer if your sink has one).
7. Now use the brush to clean the plughole area.
8. Put the strainer back into the drain and rinse the entire sink area with cold water.
9. Using a microfibre cloth, dry any water residue.
Please note: people with sensitive skin should wear rubber gloves during the process.
4. Already suffering with lime scale? Don’t panic – it CAN be removed!
Kitchen fittings like taps usually have a brass or stainless steel body and can be sensitive to abrasive cleaning and harsh chemicals. A mild acid (like lemon juice or vinegar) is more than capable of removing deposits – however the acid needs to stay in contact with the affected surface for long enough to have the desired effect.
To clean the tap spout:
Take a small plastic cup of lemon juice/vinegar and submerge the spout. Wrap the cup and spout in cling film to hold everything in place and leave for a couple of hours. Alternatively, cut a lemon in half and twist over the spout to keep it in place. After soaking, the lime scale limescale deposits should wipe away.
To clean areas surrounding the tap/drain:
Take cotton wool balls and soak them in lemon juice/vinegar, applying them to the affected areas. If you can wrap the area, or apply a weight to keep the cotton in direct contact with the area, you will achieve better results.
For badly affected areas it is important that you do not use scouring creams or rough sponges. Instead, repeat the lemon juice/vinegar process and use a plastic dish washing brush to loosen stubborn deposits.