While you focus on cleaning every nook and corner of your house and every surface possible, have you ever given a thought to cleaning buckets? Yes, the humble buckets, carriers of water for bathing or moping, also get dirty! After a few months, a gross layer of limescale forms on them, ruining their look and robbing off its beauty and sheen. If you have been discarding buckets every year the moment limescale forms on them, now we can guide you how to save money! Here are some tips on how to clean buckets and remove the tough lime scaling on them.
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Before we begin, let us understand the common woes that attack the beauty of buckets:
- In areas that get hard water, hard water stains and limescale form on plastic or steel buckets, resulting in whitish deposits of calcium and magnesium on the surface. Such buckets feel very rough to touch.
- General dirt, dust and grime also settle on the surface of the buckets and make it dirty.
- Buckets that are kept in humid conditions, often develop mold and mildew on their surface, making them look very dirty.
To make your buckets sparkling clean, here are some tips.
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How to Clean Buckets?
The common kitchen vinegar contains acid that is very effective in cleaning limescale and hard water stains on plastic or steel buckets. Just take a cup of vinegar in a bowl and dilute it with a cup of water. Dip your scrub pad or cloth in this mixture and wipe the insides and outsides of the bucket with it. You will find the hard water stains loosening. Continue wiping until you find the surface clean and clear.
Mix 3 tbsp of baking soda in a bowl and sprinkle it over the vinegar-soaked surface of the bucket. Leave the baking soda for 15 minutes and then scrub it away with a scrubbing pad. You can resort to this step of using baking soda or vinegar in case of extreme and dense limescale. For light stains and limescale, you can use either baking soda or vinegar.
Dishwashing Soap and Water
You can even make a solution of dishwashing soap and water and dip a scrubbing pad into it for cleaning your stained buckets. This is effective for light to moderate stains and grime. If you have dense limescale, this solution might not work.
If your bucket has coffee, tea, soda, juice or tomato sauce stains, you might find it discolored.To remove such stains, you can use rubbing alcohol. Soak a clean cloth in alcohol and let it sit over the stains for some time. Then rinse it with plain water and wipe it clean.
If you don’t have rubbing alcohol at home, you can even clean your buckets with a hand sanitizer as its main ingredient is alcohol. Just squirt some sanitizer on your plastic buckets and rub with a clean cloth or soft scrubbing pad. Then rinse with water and wipe dry.
Bleach is a common home remedy used to clean tough stains on plasticware and steel utensils. Chlorine bleach can be very effective in removing stains and blemishes from plastic. It can be used to remove ink, soda, coffee, tea, acidic shampoos or soap stains, juice and so on. Just make a solution of bleach and water and let the solution sit over the buckets for some time. Later, just scrub lightly and rinse. Wipe dry.
Lemon is very effective in removing hard water stains, limescale and grime from buckets whether they are made from plastic or steel. You just need to rub a half-squeezed lemon rind on the surface continuously to loosen the bonds of the limescale. Then, rinse with normal water and wipe dry. If the limescale is quite dense, you can squeeze fresh lime juice over it directly and let it sit for some time. Then, rinse with normal water and wipe dry. Lime also helps to kill all bacteria and viruses from your buckets and make them absolutely clean and sparkling.
Similarly, salt can also be sprinkled generously over plastic or steel buckets and let sit for a few hours. Later, just scrub lightly and rinse with normal water. It helps to remove stains, kills bacteria and helps to loosen limescale as well.
These are the basic tips to clean buckets and to remove tough lime scaling.
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