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How to clean hard water stains from bathroom fixtures

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Hard water stains are white or brown nasty spots on the sink, tubs, glass doors, mirrors, tiles and shower enclosures that are formed due to the high concentration of dissolved minerals like magnesium and calcium. Surfaces that daily exposes to hard water are most likely to deposit these minerals and start appearing dirty. Whether or not you wash your bathroom daily, these minerals find their way to settle down on the surfaces. Once they build up, they are the toughest spots to remove. A number of products are available in the market with large claims to get rid of these pesky deposits. Before buying, such commercial products pay attention to check their composition, as they usually contain harsh acids, which are equally bad for the environment and human health.



Here I am sharing a few eco-friendly homemade cleaners and simple tricks you can easily practice in bathroom cleaning to free surfaces from these annoying spots.

Baking soda and vinegar

You must have used and heard about the capabilities of these household products. These two have a great potential to remove these stubborn stains.  Dispense a cup full of vinegar on the surface you want to clean spread it with a brush to cover it completely.  Let it sit for few minutes then sprinkle sufficient amount of baking soda and again swish the surface with vinegar, leave this mixture to sit for 10-20 minutes. Acidic pH will soften the scums and abrasive action of baking soda will remove spot after scrubbing with a brush. You can also make a paste of two ingredients to layer the surface.

Borax and Vinegar

Borax is another domestic product that can efficiently work as a multipurpose tidier. It works well to remove mineral stains from plumbing fixtures, tiles, toilets, bathtubs and shower stalls. It often uses with undiluted white vinegar. In order to get rid of sediments, prepare a thick paste of these and apply it well to cover the surface you want to treat. Leave it at least for 30 minutes, then take a scrubbing brush to scrub the surface. This will remove almost all the marks. Repeat if required.

Sandpaper

In order to remove the toughest layers, scrubbing the affected surface with wet sandpaper is a good choice. Either use a baking soda paste or borax paste while scouring with the paper. This is necessary not only to ensure removal of spots but also to protect the surface from scratches, which can be caused upon direct scrubbing.

Undiluted white vinegar and lemon Juice

These natural liquids with acidic pH can be used as domestic products. Being natural they are mild, they might take little longer to act. As they are not toxic, they can be fearlessly used for household cleaning. When these two are used in the mixture form, they can effectively loosen and remove water and soap stains from faucets and fixtures. Prepare the mixture with a 50/50 concentration and spray it on the surface you want to treat. Leave it for 15-20 minutes and rub it well with a brush. End process with rinsing thoroughly.

Summary: As soon as you see the hard water stain formation over the bathroom fixtures, don’t delay addressing this issue. Otherwise, they will become permanent and hard to remove.


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