how-to-remove-hard-water-stainsHard water stains can be a complete eyesore. Make them disappear and help prevent them in the future by following this helpful step by step guide.

Supplies: Plastic Gloves, White Vinegar (or Acidic Household Cleaner), Spray Bottle, Toothbrush or Toilet Brush, Sponge, Soft Cloth


Put on your gloves and get out an acidic household cleaner. If you don’t have an acidic household cleaner, you can create your own by combining equal parts vinegar and water. Add the mixture to a spray bottle and spray over the entire water-stained surface. Let it sit.


Scrub the water-stained surface area with an old toothbrush to loosen the mineral deposits. If you’re cleaning a toilet, scrub with a toilet brush.


Spray additional cleaner as needed, followed with more scrubbing. If you’re having difficulty getting rid of stains, try putting your vinegar and water mixture into a bowl, combined with baking soda to make a paste. Dip your brush into the paste and scrub again.


Rinse the water-stained area with a wet sponge. Finish by wiping down with a soft cloth. Make sure to dry the area completely or spots may reappear. For the future, to help prevent hard water stains, make sure to wipe down your faucet as soon as you’re done using it. Also, try to wipe down areas that you see stains on frequently with a natural cleaner. This will help make cleaning easier the next go around!