Home Remedy for Hard Water Stains

Hard water stains, also called lime scale, is a result of hard-water buildup, which can lead to plumbing problems, deterioration and tarnishing. Hard water occurs when water contains an excess of minerals like calcium and magnesium. While it is safe to drink and use for cleaning, the mineral buildup from hard water can cause a film to appear on surfaces the water touches, which will continue to grow if not cleaned. Fortunately, several items in a home pantry can help remedy hard water stains.

Lemon juice is effective in preventing and removing hard water stains.
  1. Use lemon juice on new hard water stains. Without diluting the lemon juice with water, place a ΒΌ-cup of lemon juice in a spray bottle. Spray the surfaces the areas that have light hard water stains, such as sinks, faucets, shower doors and tubs, with a coat of lemon juice. Let the lemon juice penetrate the hard water stain for five minutes before wiping it off with a soft cloth. If there are some spots with hard water stains remaining, repeat the process until the stain is gone. Use lemon juice to clean your bathroom as a way to prevent hard water stains.

  2. Combine 1 cup of vinegar with 1 cup of water to help clean your pipes. Pour the mixture down the drains of your home slowly. Pour the same mixture into a toilet bowl that has hard water stains. Use a toilet scrub brush to spread the vinegar mixture around the toilet, and allow the mixture to penetrate the hard water stains in the toilet for five minutes before flushing.

  3. Use baby oil to polish any surface that has hard water stains. Baby oil will help prevent the erosion and corrosion of metal hardware in the home. Apply several drops of baby oil to a soft cloth and wipe the hard water stain. Allow the baby oil to penetrate the hard water stain for 10 minutes, and wipe the surface with a clean cloth. If the hard water stain remains, repeat the process until the stain is gone. Use baby oil to polish metal hardware in a home and to prevent hard water stains.

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