How to Remove Orange Well Water Stains

Orange stains caused by well water are a very common problem. These hard-water stains occur because of the minerals found in the water.

These minerals attach themselves to your kitchen, bathroom and utility sinks and leave behind an unattractive orange residue that can make your otherwise clean home seem dingy and unkempt. You can clean these orange stains with some safe, readily available chemicals that you probably already have in your kitchen or bathroom cabinets.

Remove Stains

  1. Place 1 tablespoon of lemon juice into a small bowl. Add 1 cup of white vinegar to the bowl and stir the two ingredients until they are well incorporated.

  2. Soak a soft cloth with the mixture and gently rub the stained area.

  3. Rinse the area well with warm water.

  4. Rub the previously stained area with a soft cloth to ensure that all the vinegar and lemon juice is removed.

  5. Repeat these steps if necessary.

Prevent Stains

  1. Clean any area that is exposed to the water daily with a mild dishwashing detergent. A mild detergent does not contain any dyes or perfumes.

  2. Dry out the bathtub with a towel after each bath or shower. This will help ensure that no orange stains form on the bathtub.

  3. Wipe the drains and traps of every sink and bathtub in the home with a soft cloth weekly. This will ensure that stains do not form on these areas from mineral backup in the water.