There is nothing I hate more than hard water stains!
From my shower to my toilet bowl, I’m constantly battling hard water stains. It starts as a little discoloration and then before I know it, large orange-brown stains appear. I’ve tried a number of products but I always end up scrubbing until I am blue in the face.
In addition to our hard water, I think we also have some mineral deposits as we live in a very old house with very old pipes. That means that we have more water stains than normal.
When it comes to the toilet, I’m extra vigilant. I live with three boys so that means I am constantly cleaning in and around the toilet. However, nothing smells worse than certain toilet bowl cleaners. Strong smells hang around hours after I’ve flushed the cleaner away. It gives me a headache just thinking about it.
DIY Hard Water Stain Remover
I’ve tried a few home remedies to clean the hard water stains on my toilet but I haven’t been able to come up with a DIY hard water stain remover that I loved… until now. Of the natural recipes I’ve tried, most seemed to leave me still scrubbing my toilet bowl for endless hours each week.
Use the Right Ingredients
By combining different ingredients from several recipes I tried, I have found a ratio of ingredients that really seems to do the trick and minimizes the amount of scrubbing needed. Plus, all of these ingredients are readily available in my home.
One of my all time favorite natural cleaners is distilled white vinegar. Vinegar is an acid, which makes it great for dissolving hard water stains. It’s also quite affordable which means that I can use plenty of it if I need to.
To the white vinegar I added Epsom salt. While a lot of the salt dissolves, some remains which works as a mild abrasive when you scrub the toilet bowl.
Lastly, the natural dish soap in this recipe helps to cut grime and any build up. I tend to use a natural fragrance-free dish soap, but I am sure any type of dish soap should do the trick.
Variations & Other Uses
Since this recipe isn’t antibacterial, I suggest using it as a follow-up to any natural disinfectants. I created it mainly as a way to get rid of those hard water stains. I’ve also used it in my tub, around my bathroom sink, and even around my kitchen sink and sprayer (using an old tooth brush to really scrub those stains!).
When I find I need a little more scrubbing power, I add some Epsom salt directly to surfaces and spray the cleaner solution on it. Then I scrub with a toothbrush or sponge until clean. It has worked on most hard surfaces in my home brilliantly!
Also, if you are looking to add some antibacterial properties and fresh scents to this cleaner, you could use a few drops of essential oils. I use this handy chart to determine which oils are anti-microbial, antibacterial, and antiviral.
DIY Hard Water Stain Remover Recipe
- 3 cups distilled white vinegar
- 1 cup Epsom salt (find it here)
- 2 tablespoons natural liquid dish soap (learn how to make liquid soap or find a good natural brand here)
- optional antibacterial essential oils (find pure essential oils here)
- Combine all ingredients in a large mason jar.
- Stir and cap tightly. Shake well until most of the Epsom salts have dissolved.
- Pour ⅓ of the mixture into the toilet bowl and allow to sit for 20-30 minutes.
- Scrub and flush away.
I find that 30 minutes is plenty of time for this solution to work its magic! I allowed my toilet to get some serious hard water stains and then used about ½ of the mixture and voila! Clean as a whistle.
For more DIY cleaning recipes, check out these links:
- How to Clean Your Top Loading Washer Naturally
- Learn How To Clean Your Refrigerator Naturally!
- 10 Ways to Use Essential Oils for Cleaning Your Home
- A Simple DIY All-Purpose Cleaner That Really Works
- A Natural Homemade Shower, Tub, and Tile Cleaner