After moving to California, the land of donut shops and dentists (there is literally one of each on every corner), we discovered another issue … HARD WATER.
You would think that calcium and magnesium would be a good thing to have in your tap water, and it is. But it can leave your glass covered in spots and can even etch the glass! Whether you have spots on your windows, your drinking glasses or your shower door enclosure, you know how maddening it can be to scrub and scrub and make no progress.
Before you resort to products like Bar Keeper’s Friend (F rating at ewg.org), Dryer Sheets (D rating at ewg.org), Dawn Dishwashing liquid (D rating) or other hard water stain remedies that contain harmful ingredients, try this natural method to remove those nasty spots.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- White Vinegar (contains acetic acid to break up mineral deposits)
- Lemon Juice (contains citric acid)
- Baking Soda
- Warm Water
- Lemons, possibly
For drinking glasses (or even plastic):
- Fill a very large bowl with warm water and white vinegar in a 1:1 ratio. Allow enough room to add some glasses.
- Soak the glasses in the water for about 30 minutes.
- Remove and wipe clean.
- If any stains remain, dampen a washcloth with water and coat it with baking soda. Scrub the spots and wash as usual in the dishwasher or by hand.
For shower doors, car windows and home windows:
- Mix a solution of vinegar and water in 1:1 ratio or alternatively use lemon juice and water in a 1:1 ratio.
- Pour into a spray bottle.
- Spray liberally over the glass. You may need to work in 1 section at a time.
- Leave it on for 10 minutes but don’t let it dry out. Keep refreshing it so that it stays wet for 10 minutes. Avoid working directly in the sun.
- Rub off with a soft cloth.
- For stubborn stains, cut a lemon in half, coat the cut side (pulp side) with baking soda and scrub the stains with the lemon, squeezing as you go. Leave on for 10 minutes and wipe clean.
Tips to prevent hard water stains:
- Always dry your kitchen glassware. Add vinegar to the extra compartment in your dishwasher. See my tips for making your own healthy dishwasher detergent, rinse aid and dish soap.
- Keep a squeegee in your shower and scrape your shower doors after each use.
- Mix an equal solution of vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spray every few days to keep hard water stains from appearing.
- Avoid using abrasive products that can etch the glass.
Here’s your simple change for the day: Remove hard water spots naturally!
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