Easy way to remove hard water stains

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Hard water stains on your faucets can make even the newest faucets look old and dirty. If you have hard water, you know the struggle of getting hard water stains on your faucets, toilet, shower and bathtub. Not only do they look unattractive, but they're also really hard to get rid of too. Hard water has a high mineral content whereas soft water doesn't have as many minerals in it. Hard water is created when water is filtered through deposits of limestone and chalk which is made up of calcium and magnesium. The hard water stains are the mineral deposits that are left behind after the water evaporates. The longer and more often you leave the water to sit on your taps or sit in your toilet the more of a chance there is of it leaving the hard water deposits. You can prevent getting these hard water deposits by wiping down your faucets and your shower tiles or glass doors, and by flushing your toilet regularly, even if it's not in use all the time. Just don't allow the water to stay in one place for too long. If you already have some hard water stains, there are a few cleaning tips and diy ideas you can try that don't require a lot of work or harsh chemicals.

All you need for this cleaning tip is simple white vinegar, the same kind you may use in recipes. You may want to test a little bit of vinegar on your faucets, just to see how it reacts to the metal. Leave it for 24 hours to make sure that it doesn't affect it negatively and then you can go ahead with the cleaning tip. Grab your vinegar and a rag or cloth that's big enough to wrap around your faucet. Or you can use paper towel if you'd rather. Soak your towels in vinegar, so they're really saturated and then wrap them around your faucet, especially at the bottom of the faucet where the hard water stains are most likely to be. Leave the wet towels on overnight to work on breaking down the hard water build up. The vinegar works to break down the minerals because of it's high acid content. Once the vinegar has soaked on the stains long enough, you can remove them and then wipe away the build up. You can also use an old toothbrush to scrub away any of the debris that's collected around the bottom in the cracks. Rinse the whole area with water and dry with a clean cloth.

To get hard water stains off of your toilet bowl, you can actually use citric acid. Like vinegar, citric acid is highly acidic, which means that it works to eat away and break down the hard water stains in the toilet. Pour some citric acid in your toilet, about a 1/4 of a cup should do. Then leave it sit for at least 15 minutes or more if you can, and scrub with your toilet brush. You can also use Kool-Aid for this cleaning trick, especially the citrus flavoured drink crystals because they'll have more citric acid in them. For the hard water stains in your shower, just mix up some vinegar with water in a spray bottle and spray it all over your shower doors or tiles. Leave the vinegar on the surfaces for at least an hour or more and then take some baking soda and water to make a paste. Spread the paste all over the area and then scrub with a scrubbing pad or brush. Rinse off and see your shower shine like new. Try out these and other cleaning tips and diy ideas from Domestically Speaking.***

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