Mineral Deposits

Water stains around a faucet from mineral deposits can be so ugly. I grew up with well water, but ever since I’ve been married (22+ years) we have had city water, and no water softener. The problem is that I get water stains/mineral deposits around my faucets, and it makes them look dirty, and they seem almost impossible to get off. If we all dried off around the faucets whenever we use the sink, we may not have this problem, but REALLY that’s not happening.

mineral deposits

I’ve tried multiple types of cleaners on these marks and they seem impenetrable.

http://joyfulhomemaking.com/2012/03/get-rid-of-mineral-deposits-around-faucets.html


This rock hard film around the faucet is what I fight with. It’s annoying, and my sinks are not very attractive anyway, so I needed to do what I can to at least make them clean. So when I saw this idea  at The Thrifty Home, I gave it a try.

Here is what you do:
Soak a couple of paper towels in white vinegar
and wrap them around your faucet.


Every hour or so I checked on the situation, scrubbed a little and added some more vinegar. It took several hours and several scrubbings to get it all off,
but I DID!

http://joyfulhomemaking.com/2012/03/get-rid-of-mineral-deposits-around-faucets.html

 

http://joyfulhomemaking.com/2012/03/get-rid-of-mineral-deposits-around-faucets.html

 

http://joyfulhomemaking.com/2012/03/get-rid-of-mineral-deposits-around-faucets.html

 

http://joyfulhomemaking.com/2012/03/get-rid-of-mineral-deposits-around-faucets.html


My sink looks so much better now,
and I am excited to do this to all the sinks in my home.
The vinegar smell is strong,
so keep some ventilation going whether a fan or open window,
and keep little ones away from the sink while you’re doing this.
I am thrilled with the results,
and keep going back to peek at how nice it looks now!
Blessings,

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Comments

  1. says

    Awesome! We have well water and the house was not kept up so the mineral deposits are horrific. I’m embarrassed for folks to see my bathtub etc. I’m going to give this a shot. I LOVE that it’s a natural product too. Thanks for sharing!

    Blessings,
    Mel
    Please feel free to stop by: Trailing After God

  2. says

    Nice! I just used a solution I found on the internet in my shower. 1/2 c white vinegar–hot (not so hot you can’t handle it without oven mitts though!) and 1/2 c original Dawn. Spray on and leave for 1/2 hour and wipe off. Did a miracle on my glass shower door! I can actually see through it now!

  3. says

    Ha! As I started to read your post/plight I thought “Oooh must e-mail and tell her about vinegar” and then I scrolled down hahaha! Well you found it! In the UK we always use vinegar for this, and shower heads…every so often we add some with water to the kettle and boil, gets rid of all the limescale/calcium etc. around the element (just remember to boil it with plain water a few times before you make tea!) Brew Stations too, same thing!

    I always use vinegar in the water to wash the windows too, then polish them up with kitchen towel or a lint free cloth. In the old days our grannies would use newspaper but now the newsprint is different, and so is the paper, and it doesn’t work. But kitchen towel does the job and you’ll get lovely streak free windows!

  4. says

    that is great tip and I am going to try it.
    Our plumber told us our city water has a lot of lime in it (whatever that is) and he also said it is what the EPA requires. All i know is leaves a mess both inside and outside where water is.

    thanks for the tip

  5. SweetPepperRose says

    Margo, wonderful tip! It seems there is nothing white vinegar can’t help with. Deep well here, too, so the problem is non stop. Giving this a shot.
    JoAnn

  6. Lauren says

    Awesome tip! Thank you so much for sharing! I would love it if you would come share it at my Link Party!

  7. says

    Wow! Vinegar seems to be the ‘new’ cure for every housekeeping woe… here is, yet again, another example! Thanks for the tip!

    I found you on ABFoL link party. Thanks for sharing!
    -Jennie

  8. says

    I was just scrubbing my faucet yesterday…wondering how to get it clean. Thank you for the tip. Can’t wait to try it tomorrow!

    Thank you,
    Kristi

  9. says

    We have the exact same problem! I’ll definitely try this. WE don’t keep paper towels. It would probably work with a rag soaked in vinegar, right? Thank you!
    Shiloh
    everydaygameplan.net

  10. says

    I’m trying this tomorrow!! I am a clean freak, and not being able to get rid of those ugly scaly things drive me nuts. Thanks for the tip, I love using vinegar as a window and glass cleaner, I recently read (and tried it) that you can use it on your hair to remove build up as well, leaves your hair much shinier too!

  11. says

    We don’t have well water so I can’t use that excuse but I’m still glad to learn this tip. Will definitely be trying it the next time I’m cleaning the bathroom.

  12. says

    Hello there, My friend pinned your tip on Pinterest and I wanted to give you my tip that might help even more. If you use clean toilet paper instead of paper towels around the faucet, you can get more vinegar into the cracks of gunk. Thanks for your blog and tips. I’ll be following you from now on.

  13. says

    Here’s a couple other ideas:

    As a professional “Domestic Goddess” (my company name) for more than 40 years, cleaning windows, shower doors, chrome, and mirrors is best and quickest done, DRY. Use 4-aught 0000 steel wool. It’s fine enough not to scratch, and the “dust” can simply be wiped or vacuumed up afterward. No chemicals, no scrubbing, no odors. I haven’t used a WET method of cleaning glass and a HOST of other surfaces in YEARS! I’ll never go back to wet!

    You’ll also find that if you use the white vinegar AND add baking soda to it, to the mineral deposit areas around sinks, tubs, etc, it will work faster. Those deposits can also be removed by (carefully) using a razor blade. I’ve had many years to get good at this method, so I can avoid any scratching of the surfaces.

    Happy Cleaning! ~:0)

  14. Bonita says

    If you wax the area after you clean it and dry it you will find that it will be easier to clean in the future. That goes for the sides of your bathtubs and shower stalls as well. Just use plain old Turtle Wax…… I know it seems crazy but it works. make sure not to get it on the bottom of your tub or shower stall because it will make it slippery, just wax the sides. The shower doors can be wiped down with lemon oil to prevent lime and soap scum build up. If you do these things after you get them clean you won’t have to struggle to keep them clean. Just remember to reapply every few months.

  15. tealady3 says

    I have the same problem so I went out and bought Lime A Way.I haven’t tried it yet,I’m afraid of what it could do to my faucets,glad I found this I will try this first.

  16. says

    I used this old tried-and-true method on my expensive kitchen faucet, which was getting a mineral build-up around the opening where the water flows out.

    Wrapping it with paper towels soaked in vinegar caused the vinegar to eat the finish off. It wrecked the nice brushed-pewter look (was supposed to be stainless) and of course, after I was laid off my job I never was able to replace the fixture. So now I get to live with it.

    Recommend using Lime-Away. And follow the instructions.

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