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how do you get limescale off the toilet pan?

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geekgrrl Mon 29-May-06 15:08:30

You know, the limescale that builds up at the sides at the bottom. Any idea? I've tried leaving vinegar in it overnight and it didn't do much...
We have a septic tank and live next to a river full of fish, so I can't nuke it with super-strength cleaning tablets.

JanH Mon 29-May-06 15:11:30

I'm sure somebody said try Coke

scienceteacher Mon 29-May-06 15:12:15

Kim and Aggie say salt for its abrasive action. Obviously something acidic is more appropriate. Maybe you could make up a paste of lemon juice and salt?

If you are in a soft water are, you could use Andrew's liver salts

Pruni Mon 29-May-06 15:12:18

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Aero Mon 29-May-06 15:14:08

Harpic 100% limescale remover. Leave in overnight, then scrub with brush in morning and flush.

Mind you, not sure that it'd do the fish any good, but great for limescale.

geekgrrl Mon 29-May-06 15:49:43

ooh goody, lots of things to try then!
Very soft water here so I'll try the liver salts.

geekgrrl Mon 29-May-06 15:50:19

Kim & Aggie ladle the water out and then scrub it by hand - I'm not ready for that yet!

scienceteacher Mon 29-May-06 15:52:52

It's your poo-poo, dear!

Californifrau Tue 30-May-06 03:57:09

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earlgrey Tue 30-May-06 06:54:23

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geekgrrl Tue 30-May-06 06:59:43

ok, no coke! sorry to hear it was a disaster, hausfrau.
Will look into industrial-strength stuff.

eidsvold Tue 30-May-06 07:06:18

what about citric acid - used it to descale our bottle warmer/kettle etc

JanH Tue 30-May-06 10:11:41

I thought you only got limescale in hard water areas? Ours is soft and we don't get it - are you sure it's limescale, geekgrrl?

smoggie Tue 30-May-06 14:17:52

haven't tried it but I have it on good authority that sour milk works a treat!

NomDePlume Tue 30-May-06 14:19:18

Full sugar Cola. NOT diet.

BettySpaghetti Tue 30-May-06 14:21:22

We tried the coke thing hausfrau -DP put some down the toilet as we were leaving the house for a weekend away -not recommended!

Might try some of these tips as we're in a hard water area

Cappucino Tue 30-May-06 15:19:09

geekgrrl it's not so bad to ladel out the water - clean the loo first

and then put rubber gloves on

lahdeedah Tue 30-May-06 15:25:54

I use distilled vinegar - leave over night and scrub with a toilet brush in the morning. Works on my sparkling white bowl, and we have well hard London water.

geekgrrl Tue 30-May-06 15:28:20

I'm quite sure it's limescale - probably due to my slatternly ways...

JonesTheSteam Tue 30-May-06 15:32:32

Kim & Aggie say to use denture tablets.

Blackduck Tue 30-May-06 15:33:48

denture tablets don't work on my loo...

JonesTheSteam Tue 30-May-06 15:42:32

Have never tried them , but have just been reading their book - we don't get to seem much of a limescale problem here TBH. We must have very soft water.

alison222 Tue 30-May-06 16:09:48

I use parazone toilet cleane - its aout the only thing that realy works in this house.

Californifrau Tue 30-May-06 17:31:29

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