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Tips and Suggestions from A&R Mechanical

Hard water stains are those hard-to-remove stains that build up on faucets, showers, sinks, and toilets. Not only are these stains tough to clean but they give your home an unclean and dirty appearance. Sure you can go to the store and buy a product to remove them, but you probably already have what you need around your home. To help you eliminate these annoying stains, we have put together a few home remedies.


  • Start by pouring a cup of vinegar in the toilet and stir it around with a toilet brush. You can let it sit for a minute before the next step.
  • Next, add 1 cup of baking soda into the bowl followed by another cup of vinegar
    Allow the bowl to fizz for 10 minutes.
  • Grab your toilet brush and swish the solution around the bowl, make sure to get all stains that may be above the water line.
  • Let the solution sit awhile and scrub any extra stains, flush the bowl when done

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  • Pour a ¼ cup of Borax into the toilet bowl and swish it around with a brush
  • Next, add 1 cup of vinegar and let the mixture sit for 20 minutes
  • Finally, scrub the bowl to remove all stains and flush!

Faucets and Showerheads

  • Soak a rag in white vinegar
  • Next, wrap your rags snugly around the hard water stained faucet or showerhead
  • Leave the rags on for an hour or more, add more vinegar if necessary
  • Unravel the rags to see if the stains have dissolved. If they have, rub the area with a clean towel or sponge
  • If the area still has some stubborn stains either reapply the rags and repeat or try using a scrub brush

Clean Regularly

For the most part, there is no need to use costly chemicals when cleaning your hard water stains. If you regularly use borax, vinegar, and baking soda you can keep your bathrooms and sinks clean and prevent hard water from returning.

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