Why Do Hard Water Stains Have To Be So Hard To Clean?!

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You know you hate them…those horrible hard water stains all over your bathroom. They're on your dishes, the coffeemaker, the tub, the sink, the faucet, and the worst of all: your beautiful glass shower doors. They are certainly not fun to clean. However, with a few simple techniques, basic household ingredients, and tools, your home will be shining like new.

Spotty Shower Doors

The problem with hard water stains in the tub and shower area is that you often have the double problem of hard water spots and soap scum combined. This blend needs some serious cleaning power --the kind you get from vinegar or lemon juice. If you have a serious amount of soap buildup, you might need to repeat this process.

For best results, start with a warm and wet shower door (like right after your nice hot shower). Spray the affected area with straight white vinegar and let it set for about 5 minutes. Using a sponge or washcloth, wipe the soap scum and spots away. This works on chrome faucets as well, just be careful using it on marble or granite surfaces.

Dingy Dishes

When you take your dishes out of the automatic dishwasher, you expect them to look clean and to sparkle. When they look like a cloudy, spotted mess instead, you need some help. Here again, vinegar is your friend. For your flatware, try soaking it in a bowl or glass of pure, full-strength vinegar for just a few seconds, rinse, wipe the spots away. For something like glassware, a towel or dish rag soaked in vinegar can be used to wipe your spotted glasses clean.

If you want your dishwasher to do a better job, try adding vinegar to each load. One-half to two-thirds of a cup in the rinse cycle should do it. You can also just add it to the to the rinse aid reservoir for clean and spot-free dishes. As an added side benefit, the vinegar will help keep you dishwasher clean on the inside too.

If you don't want to use the above tips, the best way to get rid of hard water stains is to prevent them to begin with. A residential water softener installed by companies such as Optimum Plumbing LLC will help keep your bathroom spotless. In addition to a cleaner bathroom, softened water will also make your dishes spot-free, your clothes brighter and softer, your soaps lather up better, your appliances last longer, and your skin and hair softer and cleaner. So the next time you are bemoaning those dreaded spots, consider putting an end to them, once and for all.

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