But Does it Actually Work: Hard Water Stains

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A simple search will give you a list of all-natural cleaners and homemade solutions for every possible house cleaning project you have. Some of them sound so unlikely, you have to ask yourself: but does it actually work?

Time to find out! Today it's hard water stains:

  • Hard water stains are a result of minerals in tap water that leave residue behind. Over time, that mineral residue builds up, and you're left with an orange stain in your bathtub, toilet, or bathroom sink.

In the natural cleaner war against hard water stains, there are two opponents:

  • On one side is vinegar and baking soda, mixed together into a paste. On the other, a simple lemon—just a lemon.

The Set-Up

  • The directions for the baking soda and vinegar are fairly simple. Create a paste and then apply it to the stain. Let soak for 10 minutes, and then wipe clean.
  • The setup for the lemon is even easier, if you can believe that. Cut the lemon then scrub the stain with the lemon. No rag, no sponge—just lemon.

The Results

It took a few tries to get the right paste-like consistency for the baking soda and vinegar, but once achieved, it was easy to apply. Then it had to set for 10 minutes, so it was time to break out the lemon.

The lemon did a great job right away. It took a little bit of scrubbing, but nothing extremely taxing, and the results were immediate. However, if you choose this method, you will need to take the seeds out of your lemon, as they squished out into the bathtub, and you will need to wipe or rinse away the lemon pulp.

Ten minutes later, the paste was wiped away with a cloth, and it took no scrubbing at all, just a few wipes to get up all of the paste.


They both worked wonderfully, and the hard water stain was removed, and the bathtub can just be cleaned like normal. For ease, the vinegar and baking soda pulled slightly ahead. Stir, apply, wipe—effort was minimal.

The lemon has the advantage of making your bathroom smell fantastic, though; so if you like instant results and a great smell, lemon's the right choice.

In the end, it was a tie—and yes, it actually works!

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