How to Remove Iron Stains From the Bath & Shower

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Hard water can result in some unpleasant stains on your bath and shower fixtures, turning previously white tile and ceramic orange with rust. These stains are unsightly and can be a source of embarrassment if you happen to be entertaining guests. However, with a little elbow grease and a few things that you most likely already have in your kitchen, you can begin lifting those stains to reveal a clean, unblemished bath once again.

Things You'll Need

  • Empty spray bottle
  • Measuring cup
  • White vinegar
  • Lemon juice
  • Water
  • Damp, clean rag
  • Remove the top of the empty spray bottle and set the top aside.

  • Using the measuring cup, measure out 1/2 of a cup of white vinegar and pour it into the empty spray bottle.

  • Measure out an additional 1/2 cup of lemon juice and add that to the white vinegar in the spray bottle.

  • Measure out 1 cup of water and add it to the lemon and vinegar mixture in the spray bottle, and replace the top of the spray bottle, twisting the top closed securely.

  • Shake the spray bottle gently to ensure that the contents are evenly mixed, to create the best cleaning solution.

  • Spray the cleaning mixture on the rust-stained areas in your shower and bath and let the mixture sit on the stain for five minutes.

  • Use the damp, clean rag to scrub away at the rust stains. The stains should come off fairly easily, due to the acid in the mixture.

  • Rinse the area thoroughly with clean water, and repeat the process if needed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not allow the cleaning mixture to sit too long on your tub and shower. The mixture is very acidic and, if left on the surface for a long time, could potentially damage the tile.

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