How to Remove Well-Water Stains From a Bathtub

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Things You'll Need

  • Sponge

  • Spray bottle

  • 1 cup white vinegar

  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice

  • Soft-bristle brush

  • Towels

Remove well-water stains with white vinegar.

Well water may contain a higher amount of minerals than city or county water. These minerals can leave reddish stains on surfaces such as a bathtub. While these stains look ominous and hard-to-remove, they basically require an acidic substance to breaks down the minerals so they can be washed away. Using harsh, abrasive chemicals and tools may harm the bathtub surface, but using items such as white vinegar and lemon juice provides enough power to loosen well-water stains.


Step 1

Wipe away loose particles of the well-water stain on the bathtub with a damp sponge.

Step 2

Fill a small spray bottle with 1 cup white vinegar and 1 tbsp. lemon juice. Replace the top to the spray bottle and shake it to mix the solution.

Step 3

Spray the mixture generously onto the stains in the bathtub. Allow the solution to work on the stains for 20 minutes.

Step 4

Scrub the stains with a soft-bristle brush. As the stains loosen, wipe them away with a damp sponge. Spray additional cleaning solution onto stubborn stains. Continue scrubbing until they loosen completely from the tub's surface.

Step 5

Rinse the bathtub with warm water and the sponge. Dry the tub with towels.


Rinse the bathtub with warm water and a sponge after each shower or bath. Dry the surface with towels after rinsing to keep well-water stains at a minimum.