Have you ever wondered what that crusty white, greenish build up around your shut off valves are? We go about our daily tasks without ever taking notice of minor changes in our home. Then one day you happen to look down and see the disgusting build up around our faucets and shut off valves. You think to yourself, “Where did that come from? Is it a water leak? What can I do to get rid of the problem permanently?”
We Want Our Bathroom Spotless
For so many of us, we want that “spotless” look for our bathrooms, especially for our guest bathrooms. But bathrooms aren’t the only place you’ll see the crusty build up. The problem is caused by minerals in our water and is commonly known as “hard water deposits.” Like so many other things in our home, we don’t take notice and it creeps up on us. Once the light goes on, we can see the results of hard water deposits all over bathrooms, kitchen, yard faucets, and water heater. In our bathrooms, you can look at the deposits on the shower doors and the sliders. Also, the aerator on the end of your faucets is usually covered with hard water deposits and our shower heads.
The Easy, Cost Effective Solution To Hard Water Deposits
So, what’s the solution for hard water deposits? You can go to the local hardware supermart and pay $10 to $20 bucks for a gallon of calcium and lime remover. Before we spend any money, let’s take a simpler, more cost-effective approach. It’s time to whip out the vinegar, baking soda and possibly salt. From what I’ve learned, not all kinds of vinegar are created equal. According to “This Grandma Is Fun” website, there is a vinegar that’s specifically used for cleaning that has 6% acidity instead of 5%, which gives a 20% boost. Cleaning vinegar is not suitable for consumption.
Vinegar, Baking Soda, And Salt Works Wonders
There are two schools of thought: one uses baking soda and one uses salt. Both come back with raving reviews. You want to use enough salt or baking soda to make a paste when adding vinegar. Wipe it on to the exposed hard water stains. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then wipe it clean. Another useful tip is to take a plastic bag and fill it with vinegar. Put your faucet aerator or showerhead in the bag. Let it soak for 20 minutes. Using your “wives toothbrush :^)”, brush away the mineral deposits. With the same bag of vinegar, you can tie it around your faucets, bathtub spout and shut off valves and do the same thing.
NOTE: Vinegar is very acidic, which makes it a good cleaner. It can counteract soap scum, hard water stains, and adhesives. A paste of vinegar and baking soda can dissolve many stains including red wine.