If you live in an area that has hard water coming out of the taps, you may well find that you have to deal with limescale, a buildup of calcium and magnesium minerals, at some point in the future. 

Limescale can affect the taste of your water, so it’s important to address the issue and invest in something like a Hague softener, which removes the minerals in the water supply.

If you’ve started noticing limescale deposits in your washing machines, dishwashers and kettles, however, the good news is that you should be able to remove this with relatively little effort.

You can use vinegar and lemon juice to remove limescale, for example, just by putting a cup of either in your washing machine, where you’d usually put the detergent or just in the base of your dishwasher, and then run a normal cycle on the appliance.

Descaling a kettle needn’t be difficult either – all you need to do is fill the appliance with either vinegar or lemon juice and then leaving it for an hour. Fill the kettle with water, get it to boiling point and then pour the contents out before it cools, rinsing properly.

Signs that you have hard water include cloudy water or the water pressure in your shower suddenly dropping off. 

Over time, limescale can build up in heating pipes, shower heads, water cylinders, taps and so on, and you may have to make costly repairs or even replace appliances if you’re not careful. A water softener can make your pipes and cylinders more efficient, however, so it could be worth looking into if you’re worried.