Descale the toilet efficiently

Many people know the problem when their water-bearing appliances, such as coffee machines, washing machines or irons, calcify. But toilets are also very vulnerable. We will then show you some ways to successfully remove the limescale deposits. In addition, calcareous water causes another unpleasant effect, to which we also give tips.

This creates lime deposits in your toilet

A strong calcareous water is used if it contains a lot of calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate. As water evaporates, the bound carbon dioxide is released, accelerating calcification. But that's not enough. Meet now urine and very calcareous, so hard water on each other, it comes to another chemical reaction. The result is urine stone.

Hard water also promotes urinary stone

This means that you not only have an increased risk of calcification in very hard water, urine stone will also be clearly visible. Not only visible. The urine scale and lime mixture also settles in the drainage pipes. Here it quickly narrows the cable cross-section. If you always use as much toilet paper as usual, the cross-section will one day be so small that the toilet can still clog. What to do if the toilet is blocked, read here.

Effective remedy for toilet calcification

If you also use limestone natural stone elements in your house or apartment, you certainly know that you should not treat them with acidic cleaners. In lime and urine deposits, however, acids are best suited to remove these easily and completely. Basically, the stronger the acid, the more efficient the mode of action. There are various acids that you can fall back on:

  • Vinegar essence and acetic acid
  • citric acid
  • hydrochloric acid
  • formic acid

Vinegar essence and acetic acid

At relatively low calcifications of the toilet is acetic acid or Essigessenz with best. Preferably, the acetic acid should have an acid content of 25 percent (for comparison, pure vinegar: 5 percent acetic acid). The mixing ratio should be 1: 2, so one part of acetic acid to two parts of water. The lime-dissolving mixture should have at least a few hours to work, better still overnight.

citric acid

Citric acid for decalcifying your toilet is recommended if it is a moderate to massive calcification. However, the application is somewhat critical if the mixing ratio is wrong. Especially in hot water (which is often recommended for decalcification), the calcium citrate contained flocculates. The amount of citric acid used to decalcify your toilet should be at least 1:10. Since it is often available in powder form: 40 g per half a liter of water.

hydrochloric acid

Hydrochloric acid is perfect for massive calcifications and urinary calculus deposits. The hydrochloric acid should have an acid content of 25 to 30 percent. The mixing ratio with water is then 1:10.

formic acid

This acid, which today is usually colloquially called formic acid and instead synthetically produced as methane or formic acid, is available in 85 percent dilution. In this mixing ratio, the acid should be diluted again to 5 to 10 percent. Formic acid is often also part of industrially manufactured lime cleaners.

General use of acids in the toilet

You can use these acids in all areas of your WC:

  • cistern
  • toilet ceramic
  • waste pipe
  • Fittings such as angle valve and mechanics of the cistern

However, you must be careful with the acid concentration. Many light metals are attacked by acids in too high a concentration. The same applies to plastics. So if your toilet cistern is made of plastic, you should always take this into account when decalcifying. Of course, this also applies to purchased products (lime cleaner).

Caution acid!

Also consider the health hazards that emanate from any acid. If necessary, protect your eyes, use acid-resistant gloves and make sure that no acid gets on your clothing.

Tips & Tricks

Urine calculus and limescale are also formed on the edges of the toilet. Also directly above the water level of the outlet, or in the area of ​​the flowing water in a leaking toilet flush. Then you can also apply the lime-dissolving acid to toilet paper and stick it on the affected surfaces. It is best to leave it on overnight. Incidentally, if your cistern is actually leaking, we'll show you how to repair a defective cistern. If your tap water is very hard, so it has a high lime content, it promotes the formation of urine stone. For example, you can stop this at your own home by collecting rainwater extra for toilet flushing. Rainwater is absolutely free of limescale, and you save so much money on your water bill.

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