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Cleaning hard water stains in the bathroom

If you live in an area with mineral-rich water, then you may have a problem with hard water stains in the bathroom. Follow our quick and easy cleaning techniques to clean hard water stains using home-made cleaning solutions.

If your home is in an area with hard water, your faucets, showers and toilets can have unsightly stains from mineral deposits and soap scum. It’s difficult to completely prevent the appearance of these spots due to the natural build-up of alkaline deposits in hard water. Luckily these stains can be cleaned with non-toxic cleaning solutions. The good news is that hard water is not harmful to your health.

Make your natural cleaners to remove hard water stains

Vinegar based cleaner

  • Get a clean spray bottle
  • Mix half water and half white vinegar in the spray bottle
  • Thoroughly spray the affected areas in your bathroom with the solution
  • Wait a few minutes before cleaning it with a cloth or sponge
  • Wash any residue and wipe clean

  • For cleaning stubborn mineral deposits around your faucet handles on a bathtub, you can try a different method but still use vinegar. Use this method for your shower head too by regularly soaking it in a bowl filled with vinegar. Loosen stubborn limescale deposits with an old toothbrush.

  • Get a cotton cleaning rag and soak it in white vinegar
  • Wrap the rag around the faucet, covering the affected area
  • Leave for at least an hour, add more vinegar if needed to keep the rags wet
  • Check if the hard water stains are loose enough to be wiped clean. If not, leave the faucets wrapped in vinegar-soaked rags for longer

  • You can use this method for cleaning hard water deposits from your shower floor by soaking a towel in vinegar and then placing it on the floor. Leave it for about 10 minutes before wiping off and using an old toothbrush to scrub and loosen deposits.

    Vinegar and baking soda cleaner

    Making a paste from baking soda and vinegar is not only easy but does wonders to your bathtub or shower glass.

  • Mix 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of baking soda and make a paste
  • Smear the paste over the affected area and leave for at least 15 minutes
  • Scrub the area and rinse with water
  • Wipe dry to prevent water stains

  • Lemon juice based cleaner

  • Squeeze lemon juice from a few lemons
  • Fill a clean spray bottle with the juice
  • Spray the hard water stains and leave for at least 10 minutes
  • Rinse with warm water and wipe dry

  • Cleaning hard water build-up from a whirlpool bath

  • Fill your whirlpool bathtub with hot water until the water reaches a couple of inches above the jets
  • Pour in 1 cup of bleach and 1/2 cup of dishwasher powder
  • You can substitute bleach for vinegar
  • Run the jets for 15 minutes, turn off and leave it soaking for at least an hour
  • Empty the bathtub and fill with cold water
  • Run the jets for 10 minutes to rinse
  • Drain the water, and you'll have a shiny jets

  • Cleaning hard water stains from chrome faucets

    All you need is a lemon, a bottle of white vinegar and paper towels. First, rub the rind of the lemon over the faucet. Soak some paper towels in white vinegar and place them directly over the lemon coating. Leave for an hour; the combined acids will loosen the mineral deposits. After removing the paper towels, rinse any residue from the faucet then wipe clean using a soft cloth to end up with shiny chrome faucets.

    Cleaning hard water stains from a shower

    If you are up for sparing some white wine, then you can use it to wash away hard water residue on shower tiles. Fill a spray bottle with white wine and then spray it over the showerhead, floor, faucet, drain, shower doors and tiles including grout. Leave for 5 to 10 minutes then wipe clean using a non-abrasive cloth. To finish off rinse any remaining debris.

    Cleaning hard water stains from the toilet

    To clean toile hard water stains, you can use supermarket branded Coca-cola soda. Pour it around the bowl over the stains and leave for at least an hour. Swipe with a brush and then flush, it’s as simple as that.

    Vinegar also works on toilet hard water stains. Pour 1 and a half cups of vinegar in your toilet bowl and then scrub using the toilet brush. Flush the toilet to remove the vinegar.

    How to prevent hard water build-up

    After having a shower or bath, you can use a dry towel to wipe all surfaces clean.

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