Water that has a high concentration of dissolved minerals (usually magnesium and calcium) is called “Hard Water”. The degree of water hardness increases with increased levels of calcium, magnesium, other minerals and trace elements. Hard water stains form on all surfaces. They are most visible on glass, porcelain, enamel, fiberglass, stainless steel, china, enamel, chrome, and tile. Your bathroom shower and sinks will require more frequent cleaning (descaling) to stay ahead of the heavy mineral build-up. Here are the top tips for removing hard water stains:
- Abrasive cleaners such as Baking Soda, Comet, steel wool, SOS pads and green scrubbers can all be used to remove these stains. These abrasive cleaners work better on smaller deposits.
- Vinegar and lemon juice are very effective cleaners and will loosen and remove hard water deposits from hard surfaces like tile and glass shower enclosures. Spray or wipe the area with a 50/50 vinegar or lemon juice solution and let the cleaning solution work on the stain for 15 minutes. Use a soft bristle brush or green scrubby to scrub away any stain that remains and rinse thoroughly.
- Vinegar is an acid and baking soda is a base (alkaline). Don’t use vinegar and baking soda at the same time. These cleaners are effective because each are at the opposite sides of the pH scale. Spray or wipe full strength vinegar on the hard water buildup and let it stay for 15 minutes. Sprinkle baking soda on the stain. Use a green scrubby to scrub away any stain that remains.
- White vinegar will both clean and disinfect your bath mat. Pour enough vinegar over your mat to coat it, and let it soak for an hour. Then scrub the mat thoroughly with a scrub brush before rinsing with warm water.
- A can of cola can work wonders on hard water marks in your toilet bowl. Pour one can into the toilet, leave for an hour, then flush. Or, use three cups of white vinegar.
- Rub a lemon rind over chrome faucets. Then soak several paper towels in vinegar and drape them over the faucets. After an hour, remove the towels and rinse your now-sparkling faucets.
Try these nontoxic ways to rid yourself of pesky mineral deposits!