How to Remove Hard Water Stains Naturally

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If you have hard water, chances are you have spots on the ceramic or glass surfaces in your home, especially in the kitchen and in your bathroom. These unsightly spots are caused by limescale deposits. They can be removed with commercial cleaners, but the chemicals in these cleaners can be bad for the environment as well as containing ingredients that may be harmful to pets or children. Instead, use the tips below to remove hard water stains naturally.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar Water Empty spray bottle Rags Brush Baking soda

How to Remove Hard Water Stains Naturally

  • Create a natural cleaner. Use a mixture of half white vinegar and half water to create an environmentally friendly hard water stain remover. Make only as much as you will need, because it will be strong-smelling.

  • Soak a rag in the mixture, and then place it on the stain. Let the mixture soak into the stain for a few minutes, then rinse clean. Repeat if necessary.

  • Soak small strips of fabric or cotton balls to place on hard-to-reach areas such as behind a faucet. Use a spray bottle filled with the mixture to clean hard water stains off a glass shower door. Use a brush to help scrub the stains off the glass.

  • For tough stains on shower heads, remove the shower head entirely and let it soak in straight vinegar for a day. Rinse thoroughly when you are done and buff to a shine.

Tips & Warnings

  • Cleaning water spots as soon as they are "spotted" will make them much easier to remove. Scrub with baking soda for especially stubborn stains. Try using an all-natural cleaner such as those made by Seventh Generation (see link below).
  • Photo Credit cleanwellwater.com
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