I loathe spending money on expensive store cleaners, especially when I get home to discover that all those commercial promises didn’t even touch my problem. But what other choice is there? Nothing seems to work, even though every couple of months I try something new. I’m not comfortable saying goodbye to all that hard earned cash on another cleaner I’ll never use again.

One thing that is particularly hard for me to clean: those stubborn hard water stains. Recently, I decided to search online for different products that might do the trick. To my amazement, I found a wealth of information, including multiple recipes promising incredible results. Because there were so many different ones to choose from, I grabbed my lab coat and goggles and let my inner scientist out.  After a bit of experimenting I stumbled upon something promising. A little of this, a little of that and VOILA! I came up with the perfect, all-natural recipe that will cut those stains in a flash. It’s easy, cheap and does the trick. What more could a frugal, clean freak ask for?

What you need:

  • Spray bottle
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • Liquid dish soap
  • White vinegar

What you do:

  • Fill the empty spray bottle halfway up with vinegar.
  • Add 1/4 cup of lemon juice.
  • Fill the remaining space with your choice of liquid dish soap.
  • Leave about 2 inches in the top for mixing.
  • Shake the bottle and soak those stubborn stains.

I had to tweak things a bit here and there to find what worked best. But these three things together are magic! If you have very extreme hard water stains, let some baking soda sit on the tough spots for about 5 minutes and rinse before using this concoction.

There you have it! The smart way to forever rid your home of those hard water stains!

This is a guest post by Madi from Ennis, TX
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4 thoughts on “At Last! Rid Your Home of Those Hard Water Stains the Smart Way”

  1. If you want the extra scrubbing power for tough stains you could add some DE (Diatomaceous Earth)
    DO NOT use the DE for swimming pools!!!! The pool kind is chemically treated, and heated to contain crystalline silica!
    Use the natural DE only!! You can use it for insect control, it’s found in most toothpaste, makes a great scrubbing agent for cleaners. Don’t breathe the dust, it can irritate your mouth, nose, and lungs.
    But once it is mixed, and not dusty, it can be used as a safe, nontoxic scrubbing cleaner!

  2. DeAnna says:

    I used to use Calcium Lime Rust cleaner and it worked wonders. Then I bought the next bottle and it didn’t work at all. After much complaining, someone said “Didn’t you hear? The government removed all phosphates from cleaning products. Now none of them work!” It’s a case of government interference again. My clothes aren’t clean because my washer is low flow, my dishes aren’t clean because they only use 1/10th the water they used to and my toilets don’t flush anything because they’re also low-flow! AARRRGGGGGG! I want to scream. Government, get educated and get out of my LIFE!!!

    • bellelamb says:

      Maybe you should get educated, phosphates are destroying our fresh water supply and causing allege blooms all over the country which choke out life in fresh waterways. All of the low water appliances are there also to protect our water supply. You are naive and uncaring if you think your clothes being cleaner or your toilet flushing perfectly is more important than our world having fresh water to drink and our children having a world to live in.

    • Olga Solovyeva says:

      Totally agree!