Limecale build up will 'come straight off' with 'miracle' method – 'it's magic stuff'

Mrs Hinch is a cleaning influencer with over four million followers on Instagram, thanks to her sharing of the best cleaning tips and tricks over the years. Now, fans have created Facebook pages in her honour to do the same with one another.

On one such page, with over 100,000 members, one Mrs Hinch fan wanted to know how to remove the build up of limescale in her toilet.

Limescale is a common problem for households in hard water areas – developing on everything from taps, baths, kettles, and toilets.

Vicki Scarsbrook wrote: “I have a build up of scale under my toilet rim, any suggestions how to clear this? I’ve tried Viakal and bleach.”

The post was inundated with comments in minutes as other cleaning enthusiasts had a plethora of tips and tricks to share.

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There were a few different pieces of advice from different people, but the tip that come up over and over again was to use one particular product: Black Harpic.

Black Harpic is available to buy in any major supermarket and costs only £1.75. In Tesco, it costs £1.65.

There are similar products to it available, such as Harpic’s 100 percent Limescale Remover, costing £1.35 in Waitrose, but Mrs Hinch fans were adamant that Black Harpic is the best option for removing limescale.


Rebecca Reilly wrote: “Black Harpic. Leave on overnight with the lid down if needed. Scrub with loo brush and it will come straight off. It’s magic stuff.”

Jo Louis shared: “I had to laugh at myself, I was being sick, head in loo, noticed limescale where I hadn’t seen before, and started squirting Black Harpic and scrubbing whilst poorly.”

Lyndsey Forsyth recommended using “Black Harpic tablets and put in the cistern.”

Gillian Bellard’s advice was different. She said: “I put bleach around at night and then flush the next morning.”

Bernie Brownlow, though, warned: “Bleach won’t touch it, Black Harpic will.”

Julie Cotgrove advised using a different product too. She said: “I’m a contract cleaner, user spirit of salts.”

The cleaning enthusiast went on to say that one can find this product “in hardware stores”. She added: “Look online, should tell you where to buy. Don’t pay more than £3.50 a bottle.”

Jean Fairhurst added: “There is a special pumice stone on a handle for toilets – it is brilliant. Not expensive from Amazon.”