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How to Remove Hard Water Stains

Water with a high mineral content can leave streaks on glasses and unsightly buildup on sinks, tubs, and toilets. Learn an easy DIY fix that’s probably already in your pantry.

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Photography by: Bryan Gardner

The solution to cloudy glassware is simple: Use a clean rag to rub each piece with distilled white vinegar. This will remove hard water’s calcium and magnesium buildup. (And don’t worry –- they won’t smell like vinegar once they dry!) Of course, the last thing most of us want is an extra step in dishwashing. Prevent buildup in the first place by adding a rinse aid (such as Finish) to your dishwasher’s dispenser.

You can also use vinegar to clean sinks, counters, and bathtubs. Simply apply a 1:1 solution of vinegar and water to a sponge or scrub brush, and scour until you’re satisfied! Remember to stay on top of the maintenance -- lime buildup hardens with age, meaning you’ll have to put in more elbow grease to get your surfaces squeaky clean.

 

See more of our favorite uses for white vinegar -- and watch the video below for more stain removal tips.

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