The water in our house is very hard. I have hard water stains everywhere. Bathtubs, sinks, showers, countertops, toilets… they are all subject to the ugly stains. I’ve tried quite a few methods in an attempt to get rid of it, but hadn’t found anything that made the task any easier. And then, I found this pin today.
What an amazing before and after… Could this one be the answer to my hard water stain-removing prayers? I had all the ingredients on hand, so I mixed up a batch.
You will need: vinegar, lemon juice and dishwashing soap
Here are the directions: Fill 1/2 of a squirt bottle with vinegar, 1/4 cup lemon juice and fill remaining space with your choice of dishwasher detergent (I used Dawn) and mix. Then spray all the surfaces you have hard water stains on and let it sit for 30 minutes. Wipe off. See fabulousness.
Or in my case, not so much.
I used it in all our bathrooms. Every sink, toilet, shower and tub – and the kitchen sink area too. I let it sit for 30 minutes. I put some elbow grease into wiping it off and I even gave it a second go, but it didn’t get the hard water spots off. It did clean the areas I used it on, but the water stains remained. Oh, and it was very bubbly because of the Dawn, so there was much rinsing going on.
I will say that it did a great job of deodorizing the bathrooms – they smell less bathroom-y.
This is my son’s toilet – after. See that lovely ring? Can’t get it off.
And this is in his shower – after . I can’t get those spots off… grrr…
Sorry, but I don’t have before photos of my own, as I just do things without thinking about it all the way through – or stopping to take pictures. My dad, who reads my blog, is probably laughing right now because that is what he always says that to me – “you’re so spontaneous”. Love you, Dad!
I sometimes wonder why the cleaning tips I see work for other pinners, but not for me. I’ve come to the conclusion that either I am cleaning-disabled, or my hard water is different from other people’s hard water, or maybe I just don’t try hard enough. The blogger who originally wrote the post had amazing results. I want some amazing over here too!!
So, if you have any ideas on how to remove hard water stains, let me know!