How to Remove Hard Water Stains From Pans


When your home has issues with hard water, the water droplets left on your pans dries as a cloudy film, making the pans appear unclean. The water spots are typically caused by mineral content in the water that deposits onto the surface it lands on, leaving pans with the marks. You can remove these unpleasant stains easily by combining a few inexpensive cleaning ingredients.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Lemon juice
  • Sink
  • Washcloth
  • Dish towel
  • Fill the sink with enough warm water to submerge the pans.

  • Pour 1 cup of vinegar and 2 tbsp. of lemon juice into the sink per gallon of water used.

  • Place the pans into the water, making sure to submerge them entirely. Let the pans soak for 30 minutes. The acidic qualities of the vinegar and lemon juice will dissolve the hard water deposits.

  • Scrub the pans with a washcloth after the 30 minutes has passed, removing any remaining hard water residue.

  • Drain the water, and rinse the pans with fresh warm water.

  • Dry the pans with a dish towel.

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