How to remove limescale from shower screens

Have you noticed that your shower screen is becoming murky and rough? That white deposit you are seeing on you shower screen is a combination of limescale and soap scum. The source of the limescale is hard water, which has high levels of calcium and magnesium in it. These minerals build up on your shower screen every time you take a shower. The limescale build up then makes the surface of the shower screen rough and this rough surface then collects soap and shampoo residue when you shower, adding to the murkiness of your shower screen.

A little bit of science here. Limescale is alkaline, which means any acidic solution will dissolve it. This means acidic solutions such as vinegar and lemon juice are good non-toxic solutions to remove limescale. However, shower screens are also prone to collecting soap scum, so using vinegar alone may not make your shower screen sparkle. Try the following non-toxic cleaning solution hack, which uses ingredients you probably have in your kitchen.

Stir the following ingredients together:

  • 2 cups of warm water
  • ½ cup of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 cup of vinegar

Then add ½ cup of washing up liquid into the mixture and stir. Now pour the mixture into a spray bottle. This can be an empty spray bottle (Make sure to rinse it out well, if it had cleaning solution in it previously). If you don’t have a spray bottle to hand, you can easily buy one at a supermarket or garden centre. Now spray the mixture onto your shower screen and wipe down with a towel. Then rinse off with water. Repeat the process, if the limescale is stubborn.

The best way to keep limescale build up under control on your shower screen is to routinely clean it. Keep this spray bottle near your shower and spray your shower screen and clean it at least once a week. This will stop the limescale from having a chance to build up and will keep your shower screen clear.