Easiest Ways to Remove Hard Water Stains

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I’ve scoured the web and perfomed my own experiments to bring you the easiest, cheapest and most effective ways to remove hard water stains.

MISSION:          ELIMINATE HARD WATER STAINS

DIFFICULTY:       EASY

TIME ALLOCATION:  7 MINUTES

MAXIMUM SPEND:    $20

TOOLS ALLOWED:    SPONGE AND PAPER TOWEL

…… AND HERE ARE THE RESULTS

SolutionPriceRatingForm
Bar Keepers FriendLOW4.5/5Top performer. Very affordable.
Lime-A-WayLOW4/5Close to best. Great price.
CLRMEDIUM3.5/5Trusted stalwart.
Sunny BriteHIGH5/5Best results but you’ll have to pay for it
Spot-XMEDIUM4/5Simple and Effective. Very easy to use.
White VinegarLOW2/5Time consuming. Wouldn’t bother.
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 What causes Hard Water Stains?

Hard water is water that contains high amounts of minerals such as Calcium and Magnesium. While not being a health hazard, it will cause unsightly stains in your kitchen and bathroom in the form of limescale build up and soap scum. You will notice it as rings around sink holes, stains on the stove top, haze on the shower screen.

Many people swear by using home-made stain removers such as white vinegar, or lemon juice and salt. These solutions can work and I once used them too.

Problems with Home-Made Stain Removers

These are the problems I have with home-made stain removers:

Time Consuming: home-made solutions need a longer period of time to ‘sit’ on the stain before being scrubbed off. Darker, thicker stains will also require several applications. Haven’t you got better things to do?

Short-lived: In my experience, I have found that the stains I had cleaned with a home-made solution were reappearing (due to ongoing exposure to hard water) within weeks, whereas more powerful commercial stain removers lasted months.

Cost: While the cost of home-made solutions are generally cheaper than commercial products, the difference is very insignificant, if not non-existent. Given that this is one of the main drawcards to home-made stain removers, it really isn’t a convincing one.