Removing Hard Water Stains the Cheap Green Way


If you’ve never had to deal with hard water stains count your blessings. When we moved to the desert in 2003 I began my quest to find a solution to hard water and soap scum build up on glass shower doors. I tried everything from expensive shower cleaners and magic erasers to CLR and straight vinegar but nothing seemed to make the glass and chrome sparkle. For a more permanent solution, you may want to install a water softener system.

Rumors circulated around about two other methods, but they were so cheap and simple I figured they were just that, rumors. However a girl can get desperate for a sparkling shower so when all else failed I broke down and tried them. Guess what? They worked like magic!

What are these magical shower cleaning solutions? Bounce dryer sheets and lemons. Really, it’s that simple.

What you’ll need:
Bounce dryer sheets
2-3 lemons
2 Damp clothes
1 Dry Cloth

For the chrome or aluminum on the door handles and surrounding your shower doors take a Bounce dryer sheet and rub in a circular motion. Then use a damp cloth to remove the residue. Finally wipe with the dry cloth.

To begin cleaning your glass shower doors make sure they are completely dry. Cut a lemon in half and rub the pulp side in a circular motion directly on the glass. If you hit a heavier soiled area squeeze the lemon a bit to release some juices and spread them around. As you finish an area simply wipe the lemon juice away with a damp cloth. When finished squeegee the entire door. Voila!

While I understand this home remedy may take a bit more elbow grease than the “spray and wipe” cleaners available, it works fabulously and for pennies. As a bonus it smells great and doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals.

Photo Source: barockschloss


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