Having a clean bathroom is nice, because we generally like to wash in a spotless room! Nevertheless, cleaning the shower walls can be really painful and difficult due in particular to limestone. This settles on the surface with each use of the shower and leaves unsightly white droplets. Discover our tips for eliminating and avoiding limescale deposits on your shower walls.
Our solutions for removing limescale from shower walls
Solution n°1: White vinegar
This miracle product is essential in a house! If it is ideal for cleaning, descaling, sanitizing, degreasing, disinfecting and shining surfaces, it is also perfect for removing limescale. Economical and ecological, it is the star of natural and effortless cleaning!
To clean your shower walls, the principle is simple. All you need to do is heat 50 cl of white vinegar in a container. Once hot, transfer it to a spray bottle and spray it over the entire surface of the wall. If you don’t have a spray bottle, you can apply it with a sponge, taking care to protect yourself with gloves and not to burn yourself. Then let it act for about 30 minutes.
Finish by rinsing with clean water and wiping immediately with a clean absorbent cloth, then finish by polishing with a clean, dry microfiber cloth.
You can also apply cold white vinegar if the lime deposits are not very encrusted.
Solution n°2: White vinegar and baking soda
If the limestone is very encrusted on your shower walls, you can combine white vinegar with baking soda, another economical and ecological essential product! Very effective separated, they are even more powerful when combined.
You can mix 50 cl of white vinegar with a few spoons of baking soda in a basin. Be careful, because the meeting of the two components produces a chemical reaction. So be gentle and don’t pour all at once to avoid the geyser. Apply this mixture to the walls and leave to act before rinsing.
You can also spray or apply warm white vinegar, as in the previous recipe. Leave it on for at least 15 minutes, then sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge. Use this sponge to scrub the walls. Rinse with clean water once the scale is gone and dry well with a clean absorbent cloth. Finally, finish by polishing with a clean, dry microfiber cloth.
Solution n°3: Lemon
Lemon is a sworn enemy of limestone. This small yellow citrus fruit is known for its very powerful natural virtues and is appreciated in the context of cleaning the house since it is degreasing, descaling, sanitizing and even deodorizing. Also, it is inexpensive!
Simply cut a lemon in half and rub the walls of the shower with half of the fruit. The pulp will dissolve the limestone in a few moments. Rinse with clean water and repeat if necessary to eliminate everything. Finally, dry with a clean absorbent cloth and finish by polishing with a clean, dry microfiber cloth.
Solution #4: Toothpaste
You may not have thought of it, but toothpaste is very effective in removing limescale. If you don’t have anything else on hand to help, it will dissolve unsightly streaks on your shower walls like it dissolves plaque on your teeth. It is especially practical for places that are not easily accessible, such as corners or joints in the wall. Place a hazelnut on an old toothbrush and rub until the limestone is removed. Finish by rinsing and drying carefully.
Solution n°5: Rubbing alcohol
Rubbing alcohol is another economical and quick solution for removing lime deposits from shower walls, but it is a product that has the disadvantage of giving off a strong smell. If it is disinfectant, descaler, degreaser and stain remover, it is best to use it in a ventilated room. It consists of ethanol and a denaturant which gives it its bad smell.
Place a few drops on a clean microfiber cloth. Rub the walls with it to remove limescale deposits. Finish by rinsing with clean water, making sure to remove all the product. Finally, dry with a clean absorbent cloth and buff with a clean, dry microfiber cloth.
Solution #6: Dishwasher Rinse Aid
Dishwasher rinse aid is effective in removing limescale deposits from glass surfaces. It is very effective on drinking glasses, so why not use it on glass walls?
Place a few drops on a microfiber cloth and rub the glass walls of the shower. Rinse with clear water then dry with a clean cloth before polishing with a clean, dry microfiber cloth.
How to prevent limestone from redepositing on shower walls?
To prevent your shower walls from being full of limestone, here are some simple things to do.
- Once the day’s shower(s) have been taken, do not leave the walls to dry on their own, but pass an absorbent cloth or a squeegee to remove the water that has deposited there.
- As soon as you notice a few traces of limescale, spray a little cold white vinegar on it to remove them immediately and rinse well with clear water before drying.
- Clean all the walls and small removable parts of the shower with white vinegar about once a month to remove natural deposits.
- You can equip your mixer tap or your shower head with a filter nozzle that filters the limestone. On the other hand, you have to buy filter cartridges and replace them 1 to 2 times a year.
- Equip yourself with a softener if you live in an area with very hard water. This will protect your entire home and your skin.