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Posted on Jun 15, 2014

How To Remove Hard Water Spots

How to remove hard water spots, mineral deposits or lime or calcium buildup from If you live in an area with hard water, you’ve probably found yourself wondering how to remove hard water spots from your bathroom or kitchen fixtures, shower doors, and even your tub. Whether you think of them as lime or calcium buildup, or scale, they all come from the minerals that give hard water its name.

Those same minerals, which prevent soap from lathering well, also work against most ordinary household cleaners. And, while there are many, many commercial products on the market designed to get rid of those water spots (Tilex, Lime-Away and CLR are three), you really don’t need to look farther than your kitchen for natural products that remove hard water spots.

How To Remove Hard Water Spots In The Shower

I know many people swear by Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, while others use wet dryer sheets. I’ve tried both, and they worked, but I don’t like the cost and waste involved with Magic Erasers, and I don’t like the scent and chemicals used in dryer sheets at all.

The natural solution: homemade soap scum remover as part of the weekly cleaning routine works like a charm! Once you’re rid of the soap scum and hard water spots, keep them away with a homemade daily shower spray.

How To Remove Buildup In Whirlpool Tub

Whirlpool tubs don’t completely drain themselves between uses. As a result, tub owners often encounter two kinds of gross problems. First is the black gunk that sometimes spews out of whirlpool jets and the pink mold that grows around them. This stuff, known as \\\”biofilm\\\”, is basically bacterial buildup growing from the water (and hair and dead skin cells) that sat in the whirlpool pipes between uses. Then there’s the hard, white mineral buildup that sometimes clogs the jets.

Fortunately, there’s an all-natural way to get rid of both, which I’ve used in my own whirlpool tub for years now:

  1. Fill tub with only HOT water, at least 2 inches above highest jet.
  2. Add 1/2 gallon white vinegar.
  3. Run the jets for 15 minutes, then let sit for another 10.
  4. Drain the tub and refill with cold water, running 10 minutes.
  5. Drain the tub and wipe down with clean, soft cloth.

How To Remove Hard Water Spots on Fixtures

Shower heads: Clean them using this method.

Faucets: Wipe them with all-purpose cleaner, scrubbing with a soft brush or microfiber cloth to loosen gunk. Rinse and wipe with a soft cloth. For remaining stubborn stains, moisten the fixture with a wedge of lemon or some vinegar on a microfiber cloth and let that sit for 5 minutes, then scrub again with a soft brush. (If the buildup is inside the faucet, shove the lemon wedge in there and let it sit 5 minutes.) Be SURE to rinse the fixture well after applying lemon or vinegar to avoid etching. Buff dry.

Toilets: Turn off the water supply to the toilet, then flush it to reduce the amount of water in the bowl. (Use a plunger to push additional water down the drain until the bowl is empty.) Spray the bowl with straight white vinegar and wait 20-30 minutes before scrubbing with a stiff-bristled toilet brush. For stubborn remaining spots, sprinkle on baking soda and scrub. (Yes, it will foam a bit. Don’t panic.) If you often have stubborn spots consider adding in a toilet which is resistant to harsh cleaning agents (TOTO SS114 SoftClose Toilet Seat is an example of this).

Refrigerator water dispenser: Cut a lemon in half and shove it onto the water tube. Let that sit 30 minutes then remove the lemon, scrub the tube opening with a toothbrush, and run the water to flush the line. Follow by wiping the entire water and ice dispenser area with rubbing alcohol to remove any remaining water spots.

Remember: it’s easier to prevent water spots than it is to remove them. So be sure to give your shower and tub a thorough scrub as part of your weekly bathroom cleaning routine to prevent mineral and soap scum buildup. And don’t forget to give your faucets a quick wipe as part of your daily cleaning routine to keep them shiny and buildup-free, too.

This post is by Katie Berry from