- White vinegar
- Rubber bands
- Clean towel
85% of homes in the United States have hard water, which means that in most households, running water contains calcium, magnesium, and other metals. When hard water evaporates, it leaves behind the mineral traces of calcium and magnesium which then solidify. This leaves behind crusty, yellow/white chalk-like stains on metal, porcelain (such as toilet bowls, tubs, and sinks), and tiles. What’s more, when iron (often present in some tap water) combines with hard water, the end result is rust stains.
For the heavy-duty water stains, cleaning products containing potent chemicals such as muriatic acid may be necessary. But before you settle on chemicals, try a white vinegar solution.
Mineral deposits are alkaline in nature (they have a pH greater than 7), so using an acidic substance (whose pH is less than 7) will help soften and, eventually, dissolve these stains.
Before eliminating hard water stains from your faucets, gather the following materials.
This white vinegar solutions also works for toilet bowls. In this case, however, extra steps are necessary.
If a white vinegar soak isn’t removing the hard water stains, try a paste made of vinegar and baking soda, which you would smear on the affected areas with a rag and then scrub.
In the case of especially stubborn water stains, make a paste containing 3/4 cup borax and one cup white vinegar to use as a scrub on hard water–stained surfaces.
If you have hard water in your home, stains will reappear if steps are not taken to prevent them.
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