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There’s nothing worse than difficult stains, so we have some tips.

Have you ever scrubbed and scrubbed your bathroom fixtures just to have them still be stained? The pesky stains on sinks, bathtubs, showers, and toilets are hard water stains, and they are difficult to clean. However, there’s no need to use costly chemical cleaners. Vinegar, baking soda, and borax (we’ll explain) will do the trick.

Toilets-Vinegar and Baking Soda

  • 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


  • 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-White Vinegar

  • 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

Prevent Hard Water Stains-Borax

According to 20 Mule Team, the makers of the mystical Borax all-purpose cleaner, all homeowners need to clean their entire bathroom is Borax, water, and a scrub brush. Borax, which is sodium tetraborate, is an all-natural, all-purpose cleaning product. We recommend watching their video about how to use Borax as a multi-surface bathroom cleaner.

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