Hard water can build up quickly on taps, shower screens, sinks, and toilets. Over time, this build-up will cause rust and limescale, which can ruin your bathroom and be difficult to remove.
There are many commercial cleaning products that aim to remove hard water stains from the bathroom. However, these are often expensive, and rarely work as well as homemade solutions.
Let’s go over some ways you can make your own solutions to remove hard water stains from your toilet, sink, and shower.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
Baking soda and vinegar are a really powerful combination when it comes to household cleaning. The acidic nature of the vinegar is the perfect way to breakdown stubborn alkaline limescale stains.
- Add 1 cup of vinegar into your toilet bowl and use a toilet brush to scrub the bowl for 1 minute.
- Put 1 cup of baking soda into your toilet bowl, and then another 2 cups of vinegar. The two will react and fizz. Let this solution sit in the toilet bowl for 10 minutes.
- Use the toilet brush to scrub the solution around the toilet bowl and remove any stains. Rinse the toilet by flushing a few times. Repeat as necessary to remove the stains.
Borax and Vinegar
Borax is a fantastic cleaner that can be used to remove hard water stains in the bathroom.
- Pour ¼ cup of Borax into the toilet bowl and use a brush to scrub the bowl.
- Put 1 cup of vinegar into the toilet bowl and allow this solution to sit for 20 mins.
- Scrub the bowl with the toilet brush and flush to rinse.
If the stains are very stubborn, empty out the toilet bowl and turn the water off so it doesn’t refill. Make a paste with Borax and water and allow this to sit on the stains. Use a toilet brush to scrub the paste into the stains.
Turn the water back on and flush to rinse.
If you have left the stains too long and they have turned into limescale build-up, then you can use cleaning-grade steel wool to scrub the build-up off bathroom fixtures. Be sure to use the finest grade steel wool to avoid scratching the bathroom fixtures.
Clean with steel wool and water, or steel wool that contains a commercial cleaning product.
The best way to avoid hard water stains and limescale build-up is to clean regularly. After you establish a good baseline by deep-cleaning, you can use a vinegar and dish soap solution to spray on and wipe away mild hard water marks.
Using a squeegee after you shower can prevent build up on glass screens and shower tiles.
Remove Hard Water Stains from Your Toilet, Sink and Shower Today!
Use our tips above to remove hard water stains from your toilet and other bathroom appliances. Remember, the best way to avoid these stains is to clean regularly.
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