Home Remedy for Hard Water


Hard water forces you to work harder to clean your home. Calcium and mineral deposits in the water stain your sinks, clog your showerheads and even leave water rings in your toilet. One solution is to purchase a water softener. These devices remove the minerals and leave your water soft. If you are not ready to buy a water softener, you can remove hard water deposits and stain with a little scrubbing.

Things You'll Need

  • Undiluted vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Plastic storage bag
  • Bucket
  • Soft cloth
  • Toilet brush
  • Pumice stone

Clean Clogged Shower heads

  • Add 1/2 cup of undiluted vinegar to a plastic food storage bag.

  • Place the bag over the showerhead so that the head fits into the solution.

  • Squeeze the ends of the bag together around the showerhead and secure the bag with a rubber band. Allow the showerhead to soak in the bag for at least two hours. You can also leave it overnight.

  • Remove the bag. Turn on the water. Allow it to flow through the showerhead and remove remaining vinegar.

  • Cut off the water. Wipe the showerhead to give it shine.

Remove Hard Water Sink Stains

  • Fill a spray bottle with pure vinegar. Do not mix it with water.

  • Spray the finger evenly over one of your sinks. You might start in the bathroom first. Spray it around the base of the faucet handles as well. If you have small leaks there, hard water stains may exist there, too.

  • Wait a few minutes to let the solution attack the stain. Increase the wait time if the sink has heavy stains.

  • Wipe the sink with a soft cloth to remove the vinegar. Run fresh water in the sink to remove any remaining traces of vinegar. If traces of the stain still linger, repeat the process and let the vinegar solution stand a little longer.

  • Repeat these steps to clean other sinks containing hard water deposits or stains. You can also use this procedure to clean soap scum and stains from your bathtub.

Remove Hard Water Deposits from Toilet

  • Fill a bucket with water, and pour it into the toilet. This will cause the water to rise and allow you to clean a larger area inside the toilet.

  • Pour pure vinegar into your toilet bowl and scrub all areas inside the bowl.

  • Brush the inside of the bowl vigorously with a toilet brush. This should remove the deposits. If you still see small water rings in the bowl, scrub them vigorously with a pumice stone to remove them.

  • Remove the lid from the toilet's holding tank, and pour 3 cups of pure vinegar into the tank. This will remove any hard water stains from the tank as well.


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