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How to Remove Hard Water Stains

Updated on June 8, 2015

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!

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Hard Water Stains - Calcium, lime, rust...

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Dishwasher Additives for Hard Water Stains - What really works to treat hard water stains on your dishes?

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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?

Clearwave Electronic Water Softener System
Clearwave Electronic Water Softener System

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.

 
Whole House Scale Prevention System with Radial Flow & GAC/KDF55 Filters
Whole House Scale Prevention System with Radial Flow & GAC/KDF55 Filters

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 backwashing

*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:

White Vinegar

Plastic bag to fit over shower head

Rubber band

Spray bottle

Paper coffee filters

Cleaning cloth

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?

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Earth Friendly Cleaning Supplies - When only green will do...

Mrs Meyer's Clean Day All-Purpose Cleaner (1 bottle 32 oz)
Mrs Meyer's Clean Day All-Purpose Cleaner (1 bottle 32 oz)

Use on all non-porous surfaces, including sealed stone and hardwood floors

Includes Birch Bark Extract -- an excellent grease cutter

 

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Be sure to share your solutions to cleaning hard water stains around your house! Details, details, we love to hear details!

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      sbconcepts 3 years ago

      @MariaMontgomery: Thanks so much Mia-Mia! We had never had hard water until we moved to San Antonio and we are now in AZ and still deal with some of the same issues, just not quite as bad. Vinegar is such a wonderful cleaning agent for so many things, I always keep a gallon around to fill up my spray bottles. It works great for cleaning mirrors and the glass on pictures too! I finish up with coffee filters which help avoid streaks and lint that can be left behind by other cleaning towels.

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      MariaMontgomery 3 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      I wish I had seen this before I tossed some lovely plastic (outdoor) glasses, soon after moving to a previously owned home. I thought they were just showing their age. We also thought the dishwasher had problems and replaced it. If only the realtor had told us the area had very hard water. I learned too late that a little vinegar poured into the dishwasher prior to running it would do the trick. This is a great lens. Thanks for sharing valuable information.

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      Lynda Makara 5 years ago from California

      We have hard water but not as bad as yours. I have to hand wash the dishes and don't really get too many water spots.

      Prevention is always better to combat hard water stains. For the shower, I squeegee and dry it off with a towel. For the toilet, just a daily swishing with any kind of soap will keep calcium deposits and stains away. Things I like for removing hard water stains, besides the ones that you mentioned, are Lime Away, a pumice stone, Mr Clean Magic Eraser, Barkeepers Friend.

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