How to Get Rid of Calcium Build Up in a Bathroom

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Remove calcium buildup from your bathroom walls.
Remove calcium buildup from your bathroom walls. (Image: Bathroom image by Nikolay Okhitin from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Hard water contains mineral deposits that create buildup on your bathtub, shower walls, sink, faucets and toilet. When there is too much calcium in your water, the surfaces that come in contact with water will most likely develop a crusty, white film. Fortunately, you can get rid of this unsightly buildup from most surfaces with a natural cleaner like white distilled vinegar. Hydrochloric acid works well at eating away tougher buildup inside toilet bowls.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 rags
  • White distilled vinegar
  • 2 rubber bands
  • 2 cups water
  • Spray bottle
  • Clean cloth
  • Toilet cleaner with hydrochloric acid
  • Toilet brush

Soak two rags in white distilled vinegar. Wrap them around your sink and bathtub faucets, securing them with rubber bands. Leave the rags there overnight to give them time to eat away at the calcium deposits. Rinse the faucets with warm water.

Pour 2 cups of white distilled vinegar and 2 cups of water into an empty spray bottle. Replace the sprayer, and shake the bottle to combine the contents. Spray your bathtub, shower walls, and sink basin with the solution, and allow it to rest for approximately one hour before wiping it clean with a soft cloth.

Clean your toilet bowl with a toilet cleaner that lists hydrochloric acid as one of its ingredients. Squeeze the cleaner into the bowl, concentrating on the area around the rim. Use a toilet brush to scrub away the calcium deposits. Flush the toilet to rinse away the cleaner.

Tips & Warnings

  • Invest in a water softener to lessen your chances of developing calcium deposits in the bathroom.
  • Keep your bathroom well ventilated while using cleansers.

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