6 Simple Ways To Remove Hard Water Stains Around The House
Marilyn Caylor 6/13/2017
Limescale and calcium build-up can leave a chalky mess on your kitchen faucets, bathroom fixtures, and drinking glasses. This crusty mineral build-up is notoriously hard to remove - until now!
Simple ingredients are the real secret to dealing with these unsightly and potentially damaging hard water deposits. Keep reading to find out how everyday items that you have in your cupboards can remove hard water stains around your house.
If your windows are riddled with so many hard water spots that it's starting to resemble a cheetah print, then it's definitely time for a DIY clean-up job. Grab some apple cider vinegar and an empty spray bottle, then fill it with a ratio of 25% vinegar to 75% water. Use this magic potion to clean your windows, and it'll be spotless in no time!
Easy Toilet Treatment
You're probably familiar with a pumice stone and its ability to soften calluses on your feet. Well, that same pumice stone is very effective at getting rid of the hard water rings lining the inside of your toilet bowl.
To get rid of those rings, all you need is a pair of gloves, a pumice stone and a little bit of elbow grease! Wet the pumice stone, and then start scrubbing away at the hard water stains. That's it! The pumice may leave behind a powdery residue, but that will wash away once you clean the toilet.
If your faucets and sinks are starting to look gross from a layer of green limescale, then scrub that gunk away with Epsom salt. Yep, the same stuff that you use to soothe your sore muscles in the bathtub can also be used to treat problematic hard water build-up.
To make this amazing scrub, combine the following in a small bowl:
- 1 cup Epsom salt
- 1/2 cup baking soda
1/4 cup liquid dish soap
Mix the ingredients together until it forms a paste. Use it to scrub away the caked-on grime that's clinging to your stainless steel and chrome fixtures. It'll even help get that metal sink stopper clean, too!
Over time, the magnesium and calcium in your tap water can leave behind a chalky white residue on your "clean" drinking glasses, making it look like they haven't been washed in decades! Thankfully, you can whip up a special concoction of vinegar and baking soda to get them sparkling clean again.
Fill your kitchen sink with a 1:1 ratio of water and white vinegar. Soak the glasses for 30 minutes, then wipe them dry with a soft cloth.
If you still have a few troublesome spots remaining, use a wet washcloth that's coated with baking soda to remove those spots for good.
The last step is pretty easy - just give the glasses a final washing, either by hand or in the dishwasher.
If the water pressure coming out of your shower-head used to be strong but now it's weak, then hard water deposits are probably clogging up the little spray holes.
Don't worry though - hydrogen peroxide and a plastic baggie are pretty much all you need to tackle this problem!
First, you'll need to fill a plastic baggie with equal parts of white vinegar and hot water. If you have a lot of mineral build-up, skip the water and just use straight vinegar.
Next, submerge the showerhead in the liquid, and then tape or tie the bag to the pipe so that it stays put for a couple of hours.
When it's time to remove the bag, inspect the showerhead. If there's still a bit of crusty stuff clogging the spray holes, then use a needle to poke through the layer of crud. Then you can scrub away the remaining build-up with a brush.