Lime, also known as calcium carbonate, is found in most rock and soil layers. Depending on how much lime there is in the earth through which our groundwater flows and ultimately comes out at the tap, the calcium carbonate content varies. This is also the reason why the water in some regions of Germany is particularly hard or low in lime – and the fittings in the bathroom have more or less deposits. In the end, however, it doesn’t matter how much limescale accumulates on the tap, because the fact is: with the right steps you can easily remove the white edges again. Regardless of how much limescale has accumulated on the fittings.

Lime not only provides the ideal breeding ground for germs, but also sometimes ensures that less water flows through the tap – because the sieve inside also becomes clogged with deposits over time. In the end, the water sprays in all directions, except where it’s supposed to end up: in the sink. So that the water jet can flow straight again, you simply have to descale the sieve. To do this, proceed as follows:

But other home remedies have now also turned out to be true descaling miracles, such as Cola and aspirin – or amidosulfonic acid: The powder is also dissolved in water (around five grams per 500 milliliters of liquid) and briefly boiled. Then place the aerator in the hot amidosulfonic acid solution for five minutes.

An equally tried-and-tested home remedy is citric acid: You can also use the powder dissolved in cold water to soak the aerator in its individual parts for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, you can dip a microfiber cloth into the water and clean the outside of the calcified fittings. The citric acid is also suitable for kettles.

Last but not least, you can of course also use ordinary anti-limescale cleaning products to remove the white edges on the fittings. The external deposits do not hinder the water jet, but they still don’t look very nice and will continue to spread if they are not removed regularly.

And one more tip at the end: To avoid annoying limescale deposits in the future, you simply have to keep the tap dry – then no white edges can form.

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