Vinegar is a safe, all-natural household cleaner with the amazing ability to combat hard water stains. Pour some in a spray bottle and squirt any surface where you find hard water stains. Let it sit for five to 15 minutes to give the vinegar time to break down the minerals in the chalky, white stain.
If the vinegar starts to dry up, spray the surface with more to keep it damp. For large vertical areas like shower doors, you may want to drench paper towels in vinegar and paste them to the glass to keep the surface wet for the allotted time.
After soaking long enough, scrub the surface with an old toothbrush. Use a larger bristle brush when cleaning bigger areas.
Hard water stains on ceramic tile can be frustrating. The minerals leave behind residue that makes even the most expensive tiles and grout look cheap.
To fix the problem, apply a baking soda and water paste to the affected areas. Allow this natural cleaner to penetrate the stain for a few minutes. Then, lightly scrub with a toothbrush or other bristled brush to reveal tiles that look like new.
You brush with fluoride toothpaste to clean and protect your teeth, but did you know this bathroom staple is effective at removing hard water stains as well? Toothpaste works best on small metal fixtures and glass surfaces. It even works on dishware!
If you want to do away with hard water for good, you’ll need to install a water softener. This system removes minerals from the water before it travels through your pipes, preventing hard water stains so your plumbing fixtures look their best. A water softener also helps you avoid common problems such as clogged faucets and shower heads, poor water heater performance, dingy-looking clothes, lifeless hair, and irritated skin.