Hard water deposits, lime scale, or mineral build-up can make even clean tubs, sinks, and toilets look grimy. But when calcium and magnesium build up on your bathroom fixtures, it can be difficult to get rid of. Here’s how to tackle that gunk on your shower head, sink, or toilet bowl.

1) Vinegar Soaks

For hard water deposits on your faucet, shower head, or toilet bowl, a common natural household cleaner is the solution. Soak a towel in white vinegar and wrap it around the mineral deposits. Let the vinegar soak for an hour, then remove the towel and scrub away crusty build up with a brush or sponge. To clean toilet bowl hard water deposits, turn the water in your toilet off, drain the bowl, and line it with vinegar-soaked towels. Just don’t try this solution on iron or nickel fixtures—vinegar might break down the metal.

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2) Dishwasher Detergent and Bleach

For stubborn hard water deposits that take over your whirlpool tub jets, you may need a stronger solution. Fill your whirlpool tub with water, then add one cup of bleach and ½ cup powdered dishwasher detergent. Turn on the jets and allow the solution to run through for 10 minutes. Then, drain the tub, scrub away mineral deposits, and repeat the process with water to remove any residual bleach.

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3) Use a Daily Cleaner

Hard water deposits build up over time, so quickly spraying a daily cleaner on your bathroom fixtures can keep the problem at bay. A spray that specifically targets mineral buildup and is safe for multiple surfaces is the best way to maintain your bathroom’s appearance.

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