How To Remove Hard Water Stains

How To Remove Hard Water Stains

 I have a few clients that I clean for that have wells. Before I started cleaning for them, there showers, tubs and sinks weren’t cleaned on a regular basis. I had orange stains, blue green stains and pink stains that I needed to remove. From experience these are the methods that I have found that works best.Hard water stains are created because they have a high mineral content. Hard water contains calcium and magnesium. These minerals together create the lime scales and other stains which can be difficult to remove. The longer stains are allowed to develop, the more difficult it is to remove them.
How to Remove Hard Water Stains
  • Acid Cleaners
Removing hard water stains with products containing ingredients such as phosphoric acid, sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid makes the project a bit easier. These acids break down the hard water stains and will remove them completely. You will need to wear gloves and work in a well ventilated area.
  • Vinegar, Baking Soda, Borax
 Shower Glass Doors
Vinegar is great for shower doors with hard water stains. Mixed 1/2 cup of vinegar and fill the remaining  with water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution on the door and let it sit a bit.  Remove the solution with a soft cloth. Depending on the condition of the glass you might have to repeat this procedure several times.
Toilet Bowls
Completely drain your toilet bowl. Mix up  1/4 cup of baking soda or borax which ever you have on hand with 1 cup of vinegar. Pour it into the toilet bowl and let it sit for at least 2 hours. Scrub with a toilet brush.
  • Lemon Juice and Lime Juice
Lemon juice and lime juice is a natural way of removing hard water stains. The acid present in these do the same work as the acid cleaners. Cut a lemon or lime in half. Scrub the stained area with one of the halves. It might be cheaper to use the bottled juice?
  • Cream of Tartar and Baking Soda
Sinks and Tubs made with these materials. Porcelain, stainless, enamel, fiberglass, chrome, tile.
Make up a paste using cream of tartar and water and rub it into the stain on these surfaces. If you don’t have cream of tartar to make a paste you can use baking soda.
* The most important thing to remember is to regularly clean these surfaces to prevent the build up.
” Happy Cleaning”


    1. Mattias Forsblad says:

      I came by your post by Christopher Jennings Penders in Google+. As I live in a area with some calcium in the water, I’ll need to test the vinegar solutions. Thanks!

    1. anks ..I have a stubborn toilet stain that drives me nuts..gonna try this stuff…As always…XOXOXOXO

    1. Cool tips. I like the idea of lemon and lime juice. I’ve never had “too” much trouble with hard water stains but one time I tried taking them off a window outside that had been getting hit by the sprinkler, and nothing I tried worked, even hours of elbow grease.

    1. Once again, such great tips! So glad hard water stains aren’t an issue for us!


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