5 Methods for Removing Hard Water Stains

If your once-bright chrome faucet and glass shower door are now dingy and stained, the key to restoring their luster is to remove hard water stains. Here are five effective methods using household items you may already have.


Vinegar is a safe, all-natural household cleaner with the amazing ability to combat hard water stains. Pour some in a spray bottle and squirt any surface where you find hard water stains. Let it sit for five to 15 minutes to give the vinegar time to break down the minerals in the chalky, white stain.

If the vinegar starts to dry up, spray the surface with more to keep it damp. For large vertical areas like shower doors, you may want to drench paper towels in vinegar and paste them to the glass to keep the surface wet for the allotted time.

After soaking long enough, scrub the surface with an old toothbrush. Use a larger bristle brush when cleaning bigger areas.

You can use several different types of vinegar to remove hard water stains, including white vinegar and apple cider vinegar. Try using whatever you have on hand first. If it doesn’t do the trick, look for cleaning vinegar, which is more acidic for superior power against hard water stains.

Hydrogen Peroxide & Cream of Tartar

Ordinary hydrogen peroxide works wonders on stubborn soap scum and water stain combinations that accumulate on bathtubs and metal fixtures. For added cleaning power, make a paste using cream of tartar, a type of baking powder, and apply it to the stained area. Let it sit for up to 30 minutes, and then scrub with a damp sponge to reveal the results of your efforts.

Baking Soda

Hard water stains on ceramic tile can be frustrating. The minerals leave behind residue that makes even the most expensive tiles and grout look cheap.

To fix the problem, apply a baking soda and water paste to the affected areas. Allow this natural cleaner to penetrate the stain for a few minutes. Then, lightly scrub with a toothbrush or other bristled brush to reveal tiles that look like new.

Fluoride Toothpaste

You brush with fluoride toothpaste to clean and protect your teeth, but did you know this bathroom staple is effective at removing hard water stains as well? Toothpaste works best on small metal fixtures and glass surfaces. It even works on dishware!

If you want to do away with hard water for good, you’ll need to install a water softener. This system removes minerals from the water before it travels through your pipes, preventing hard water stains so your plumbing fixtures look their best. A water softener also helps you avoid common hard water problems, such as clogged faucets and showerheads, poor water heater performance, dingy-looking clothes, lifeless hair, and irritated skin.

To learn more about installing a water softener, or to request other plumbing services, please contact Bob Hoegler Plumbing at 732-521-0133. We have served Monroe Township for 35 years.


Bob Hoegler Plumbing – https://www.bobhoeglerplumbing.com/

Monroe Township, NJ (central New Jersey)

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