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How to Get Rid of Calcification & Mineral Deposits Around Faucets

If you've ever noticed white, flaky residue on or around your faucets, you may have been looking at calcification and mineral deposits. Hard water, which has a higher concentration of calcium and magnesium, reacts with chemicals in the environment to form these types of deposits. Calcification and mineral deposits resulting from hard water are often referred to as "lime scale." Get rid of the deposits that are dulling your faucet's appearance by using natural, inexpensive cleaning products.

Soaps and cosmetic products can react with hard water to form deposits on faucets.

Step 1

Fill a spray bottle with undiluted white vinegar. 

Step 2

Spray the faucet and wait for 30 minutes as the vinegar begins to break down the residue. 

Step 3

Sprinkle a light dusting of baking soda over the faucet. 

Step 4

Wet a cloth and use it to wipe the deposits off the faucet.  Use a wet toothbrush to clean small areas that you can't get to with the cloth.

Step 5

Wipe down the faucet with a damp rag to finish removing deposits and traces of baking soda. 

Step 6

Dry the faucet with a lint-free cloth. 

Things You Will Need

  • Spray bottle
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Cloths
  • Toothbrush

About the Author

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