Hard water creates lime stains in the bathroom, so it is quite difficult to keep it rust-free.
Here’s how to remove hard water lime stains from your bathroom.
What is hard water and how it can affect you
Lime stains in the bathroom
When you find these whitish marks on your bathroom faucets and some appliances like the washing machine no longer work, the water is hard. As a result, water contains large amounts of calcium and magnesium salts, and these settle on the objects they come in contact with in your bathroom.
You can easily recognize hard water, and the best example is when you wash your hands and the soap does not foam. It happens because of hard water.
Another simpler test you can do is the mug test, which involves washing a mug in a tap and then letting it dry without wiping it down. If at the end you notice white water spots, then the water is hard and contains calcium and magnesium salts.
Hard water is a serious problem, which can affect appliances such as your washing machine, dishwasher, steam iron, or coffee maker. Lime deposits inside devices also reduce their lifespan.
Also, hard water can affect plumbing, increase heating bills, affect central heating and the pipes through which water circulates.
Hard water also affects our health because it damages our hair and our skin, it can affect our kidneys because there will be mineral deposits, it can also affect our teeth because it can promote the appearance of tartar.
Water softener to get rid of hard water
The best solution for getting rid of hard water is a softening station, which will filter the water before it reaches your home. In short, it will remove excess calcium and magnesium, and you will be protected.
A softening station or softener contains one or two columns of ion exchange resins, which are responsible for attracting positive ions (calcium and magnesium ions) while releasing sodium ions (Na).
How to clean lime stains from your bathroom, using only 100% natural solutions?
Although you might not believe it, these stains are quite easy to remove and you can only do that with 100% natural solutions.
The first solution you can try is water and vinegar (50:50). Put everything in a bowl, mix well, then soften a soft cloth and wipe down the faucet or shower. If the stains are severe enough, you can leave the solution-soaked cloth on the tap or on affected areas for 15 minutes.
If you have rust stains, you can use aluminum foil soaked in a solution of water and vinegar, and then rub the stains. Be careful not to apply too much pressure, as you may damage the chrome and scratched items.
If you want to get rid of these lime stains more easily, we recommend that you cut a lemon in half and then rub the tap with it, squeezing and leaving the juice all over the surface. Leave the juice to act for 5 minutes, then clean with a damp cloth. Finally, wipe everything off with a dry cloth.
- With baking soda
Baking soda is a solution against lime stains caused by hard water and to use it you have to make a solution. Add 4 tablespoons of baking soda to a quart of lukewarm water.
Mix well until all of the baking soda is dissolved, then use a spray can. Leave the solution on for 15 minutes, then wipe off with a damp cloth. Finally, wipe everything off with a dry cloth.