Nontoxic Ways to Remove Hard Water Stains

Nontoxic Ways to Remove Hard Water StainsHard water contains lime and other minerals like silica and calcium. When the water evaporates, white, gritty mineral deposits are often left behind. It can stain surfaces and even clog showerheads.

And since over 85% of American homes have hard water, there are plenty of tubs, faucets, drains, dishwashers and other appliances plagued with unsightly mineral deposits.

Avoid Toxic Cleaners

There are all kinds of limescale removers available, but the majority of them contain toxic chemicals that can cause respiratory and other health issues. This is problematic for any health-minded individual.

But you can rid your home of mineral deposits without the harsh chemicals using these nontoxic methods.


The lowly little lemon will be your best friend here. Thanks to the acidity in the juice and the grease cutting oil in the skin, they’ll get rid of scum that other cleaners can’t. Simply cut a lemon in half and use it to scrub the faucets — easy peasy!

For really bad deposits, rub the lemon rind over the faucet and drape several paper towels that have been soaked in distilled white vinegar over it. Let it sit for an hour or so, remove the towels and rinse for sparkling faucets.


If your water pressure doesn’t seem as strong as it used to, it may be because you’ve got mineral deposits in the showerhead. To get rid of them, simply unscrew your showerhead and soak it in distilled white vinegar for a few hours. Then give it a good scrub, rinse it with water and replace.

If your showerhead isn’t removable, you can always partially fill a Ziploc bag with DWV, immerse the showerhead inside and keep it in place with a rubber band.

Shower Doors

That streaky white stuff on your glass shower doors? Mineral deposits! To get rid of them, generously spray them with DWV, let soak for a few minutes and wipe down. Stubborn residue can also be scrubbed with your lemon half. About a glass worth of white wine can also be used to get rid of the grit (and leave you with a little something to celebrate your hard work.)


Pour 1 cup of DWV into your empty dishwasher and run it through a full cycle. Not only with this clear hard water deposits, it will also help eliminate odors. Do it once a month to keep your dishwasher working at peak performance.


Pour three cups of white vinegar into the bowl and leave it sit for about an hour. If the stains are up higher, you can use a bowl brush to scrub with the vinegar-filled water. You can also fill a spray bottle with DWV and spray directly on those areas.

In a pinch, you can even use a can of cola to get rid of the stains. Simply pour it into the toilet, let sit for an hour or so and then flush it away. Voila!

Coffee Maker

Fill the water reservoir with DWV and run the machine through a brewing cycle. Empty the reservoir and run two more brewing cycles with plain water.


Soak glass dishes in vinegar for 15 minutes before you rinse to keep them streak-free and shiny.

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