Dissolved minerals in water deposit on sinks and toilets, building up over time and leaving gray or white streaks and stains. Ordinary household cleaners and scrubbing don't remove these hard-water stains, but acid breaks them down. Household vinegar dissolves mineral deposits well, but its acid may etch the surface of porcelain-enamel sinks and toilets over time, and should be used with care.
Things You'll Need
- Baking soda
- Paper towels
Pour undiluted vinegar on a sponge. Scrub the sink and toilet with the vinegar-soaked sponge.
Sprinkle 1/4 cup baking soda in the sink or toilet and scrub again. Rinse thoroughly.
Soak a paper towel with undiluted vinegar.
Place the paper towel over faucets and other metal fixtures.
Wait one hour, then wipe the fixtures with a damp paper towel to remove the vinegar. Dry thoroughly to shine.