How to Remove Hard Water

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If you live in an area with mineral-dense water, you may notice a substantial amount of residue built up on your sinks, taps, and faucets. The unfortunate thing about hard water is that they build up on taps and faucets, and these stains are often difficult to remove. Therefore, you will require some heavy-duty cleaning products to cut through the stains. It’s good to know that these hard-working products don’t have to be toxic, though. Jen, the author of The Thrifty Home lifestyle blog, identifies a natural cleaning solution that will remove hard water build-up with ease. The plus side is that this chemical-free product, like other non toxic cleaners, can be found right in your home.

Vinegar is the best household cleaner because it is a natural product and safe to consume. Vinegar is a product produced by fermenting different ingredients. Traditionally, vinegar is wine that has fermented to well past its prime. The word vinegar is from the French ‘Vinaigre’ meaning sour or acrid wine. While vinegar is enjoyed for pickling food or sprinkling on French fries, it is a prime cleaning agent because of its high acid content. The most common acid for vinegar would be five percent and this is entirely sufficient for removing hard water stains from items in your household. If you want something with even more power, a ten percent solution of vinegar can also be purchased. The ten percent version may be corrosive, however, so it is important to handle with gloves when in use for your cleaning needs. Whatever kind of vinegar you use, it makes an excellent cleaning solution to showers, sinks, and even your refrigerator. If you require information on how to remove hard water stains from granite, however, don’t use vinegar because it can cause the granite to corrode over time. It is a good idea to spot check a surface with your chosen cleaning product before applying it to the whole thing, just in case the product causes damage. Just apply some of the product to a small area in the corner of what you plan to clean and check for any discoloration or damage. If there is no visible damage, you can go ahead and use the product to clean with. Vinegar is unlikely to promote an adverse reaction to most surfaces, but its high acid content could be damaging to some.

Dousing hard water stains in vinegar and leaving it to settle for awhile helps break up the stains, which in turn, makes them easy to wipe up. Vinegar can be applied with a spray bottle to whatever surface that requires cleaning. This will ensure a light, even covering of the area. Spray bottles can be purchased at dollar and discount stores, and are handy for household cleaning purposes. Jen has some other easy methods for cleaning faucets or hard water stains that you will want to check out on her blog. Thank you to Jen, the author of The Thrifty Home lifestyle blog, for sharing her instructions for cleaning hard water stains.

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