If you notice white buildup on your taps, it’s most likely not toothpaste: it’s calcium buildup. Whilst it’s harmless, it can look quite nasty, especially if it gets out of hand. Water high in calcium and other minerals is called hard water. If your water is hard, you’ll notice a lot of white buildup or scale around your taps and drains, as well as in your appliances that use water. If this is the case for you, here’s what you should do so that your taps can look as good as new!
1. Mix 1-2 tablespoons baking soda and 1 cup of water to make a relatively thick paste.
2. Rub the baking soda and water mixture all over the tap. This will help loosen any deposits so that you can scrub them off more easily later on.
3. Next, add some vinegar to the mix, using equal parts vinegar and water. Vinegar is an acid, so it will help dissolve deposits in your pipes over time if you have hard water.
4. Soak a toothbrush in the mix and scrub away. The baking soda, water and vinegar mix will help loosen the buildup so that it’s easier to remove with a brush. You can also use an old toothbrush to attack any particularly nasty deposits.
5. Once you’ve removed as much buildup as you can, rinse off with warm water and dry using a clean towel.
6. Rub the tap down with wax or oil-removing product.
If you’re still seeing buildup after your cleaning and rinsing, wax and oil removers like gumption will help. Apply the formula to a cloth and rub gently over the affected area for a few seconds. This will help loosen the remaining deposits and remove them more easily. Rinse off with warm water and dry with a clean towel.
The best way to prevent calcium buildup is to purchase a water softener. Water softeners remove calcium and magnesium deposits from hard water, and can prevent damage caused by hard water. If you’re buying a new house, make sure that your pipes meet the proper standards for hardness (usually 130 ppm hardness or lower).
So there you have it! Some easy and budget-friendly ways to remove calcium buildup on your taps.