How to Remove Hard Water Stains
Have Your Dishes Been Ruined by Hard Water Stains?
How to remove hard water stains? Until recently I had never had to deal with hard water stains on my dishes. We moved to an area where hard water stains are the norm and can be very damaging not only to your dishes but also your sinks, toilets, tubs, fixtures as well as appliances both large and small if you don't combat it with regular cleaning.
So personal experience has led me to write about this issue and a journey into how to remove hard water stains. A simple solution would seem to be just to add a Water Softener to your home but they can be rather expensive and if you rent... well you might have to find alternatives. So let's get started!
Hard Water Stains - Calcium, lime, rust...
Do you have hard water?
Dishwasher Additives for Hard Water Stains - What really works to treat hard water stains on your dishes?
The dishwasher is probably one of the most used appliances in our home and using it is supposed to be a more efficient & convenient way to get our dishes both clean and disinfected. We had just moved into our new place and as soon as I took my dishes out of the dishwasher the first time, I knew I had to find something to clean the hard water stains on my dishes.
Not only do the glasses look cloudy and spotted but anything plastic has a white chalk like coating and the silverware is terrible! We had just moved in so the dishes were just some odds and ends, I had not unpacked my good dishes (thank goodness!)
So I started my search for something that would help remove the hard water stains left on my dishes. I first tried a bottle of Oxi Clean dishwashing booster and although it helped a little, it was very little. Then I read a forum where someone had posted about using Borax Laundry Booster. It has been around for well over 100 years and is all natural. I had used it in my laundry before but never thought about adding it to my dishwasher.
Well I followed their recommendations and added 1/4 cup to the bottom of my dishwasher and then waited patiently to see the results. Well it was a much more noticeable difference than with the Oxi Clean but the dishes on the top rack were still spotted and the white powder look still remained on most of the plastic pieces. So... I have to continue my search.
Water Softener Systems - Ready to get rid of your hard water?
Easy to install, this electronic Water Softener System is recommended for dishwashers, washing machines, coffee makers, and boilers. The electromagnetic pulses have been scientifically proven to not only attract the mineral salts as they are passing through the pipes but also dissolving them in the water instead of converting to insoluble calcium carbonate which results in the scale build-up in your pipes. It also will work on any existing scale in pipes, water heaters, toilets and faucets begin to soften and dissolve away.
When only the top of the line will do! Just of few of the reasons you want to take a look at this whole house Filter & Softener system:
*no electricity needed
*no water waste
*no routine filter maintenance
To top it off it is easy to install & maintain and comes with a 10 Year Warranty & Performance Guarantee!
How to Clean Your Shower-head and Shower Doors
Removing Calcium and Lime build-up
Looking for an easy way to clean your shower-head and glass shower doors that is also affordable? Here are a few suggestions that are both inexpensive and does not involve harsh chemicals or fumes.
You will need:
Plastic bag to fit over shower head
Paper coffee filters
For your shower-head you will fill the plastic bag with vinegar place over your shower-head seal with rubber band. Leave the bag on for a couple of hours, remove and run water through your to remove residue and wipe clean with a soft cloth.
For your doors you will want to mix the spray bottle with 3/4 vinegar the rest with water spray on doors let leave on glass while you wait on the shower-head then wipe with damp cloth and dry with clean coffee filters for less streaks.
If this does not work, you may also want to try a combination of baking soda with the vinegar or you may use lemon juice instead of vinegar. All of these products are natural and safe to use on most surfaces. The baking soda helps create a paste for those tougher hard water deposits. These are all very versatile products and a great way to clean the natural way!
Step by Step to Removing Hard Water Stains from Your Shower Door
Shower-heads with Built in Water Filters
Never knew these existed until I had a hard water problem, but now I know and wanted to share. Not only will it help if you have hard water but it will also help reduce the chlorine and other chemicals that can be damaging to both your skin and hair.
You can find some great options at Amazon! You will not regret adding one to your shower once you use it. I love mine!
Chemicals or Natural Products - Going Green when cleaning...
The last few years there has been a real move towards going green, using less chemicals and replacing them with more natural less harmful products. So let's hear from you, do you prefer to go green when possible?
Photo courtesy of Austin Cleans Green
Earth Friendly Cleaning Supplies - When only green will do...
Use on all non-porous surfaces, including sealed stone and hardwood floors
Includes Birch Bark Extract -- an excellent grease cutter
Do you use chemicals or all natural products when cleaning?
Be sure to share your solutions to cleaning hard water stains around your house! Details, details, we love to hear details!