How to Dissolve Mineral Deposits

A toothbrush can help dissolve mineral deposits.
A toothbrush can help dissolve mineral deposits. (Image: used toothbrush image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com)

Mineral deposits occur when a mineral has built up around any given item. The most common areas to find mineral deposits are in the bathroom and around stainless-steel hardware. Common types of deposits include lime, calcium and magnesium. Many professional cleaners and handymen use harsh chemicals to dissolve the mineral deposits. This is usually unnecessary. By using simple items probably already in your home, you can put an end to mineral deposits in no time.

Things You'll Need

  • Washcloth
  • Hard-bristle brush
  • Soft-bristle toothbrush
  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle

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Wet the washcloth and wring out excess moisture. Wipe the mineral deposits with the washcloth.

Scrub the area with a hard-bristle brush to remove crusty portions of the deposits. If the mineral deposits are on an item that scratches easily, use a soft-bristle toothbrush, or skip this step altogether.

Add one part vinegar and one part water to spray bottle. Swirl to mix the ingredients.

Spray the vinegar mixture liberally on the mineral deposits. Let stand for five minutes.

Scrub the mineral deposits away with your hard-bristle brush or soft-bristle toothbrush.

Wipe the area with a clean, damp wash cloth. Repeat as necessary.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the item that has the mineral deposits runs through a cycle (washing machine, coffee maker), simply add 1 to 2 cups of full-strength vinegar to the machine to dissolve the deposits.

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