How to Remove Hard Water Stains

How to Remove Hard Water Stains From a Porcelain Sink

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Hey friends!

This isn’t so much a pretty post or even very exciting (unless you get excited about cleaning) it’s actually a how-to post for an easy fix.

Our current home has well water  (our first experience with this) which leaves hard water stains on the porcelain sink in our hallway bathroom. I have looked at this ugly stain for a while now (OK, 2 years) and I thought  “I need to fix that” and then I would walk out and forget about it.

Well, I FINALLY googled it and it was a super easy fix using vinegar. Did y’all already know about that? Well, I didn’t and I was pretty jazzed that it could be so easy.

 This is the sink now, all shiny and clean:

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And this was the sink before:

Removing Hard Water Stains

Yuk. It was unsightly. I know.

It reminds me of my grandmother’s house that was out in the country. Not a look that I’m going for.

I thought that I was going to have to buy some kind of hard core stain remover to get rid of it, but all I had to do to remove the stain was to soak it in the vinegar.

I asked my husband to pick up a bottle for me and this is what he got:

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The label says “Extra cleaning strength” but I’m pretty sure that’s just marketing and you can use any kind of white vinegar.

I poured it in the stopped sink and left it to soak over night.

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That’s it.  A tiny bit of scrubbing and the stain was gone!

I was so excited that something I looked up as a natural remedy actually worked! If I had known it would be that easy, I would have done it much sooner. Now my sweet little hall bathroom looks fresh and clean again.

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I hope this natural remedy will save time and energy for anyone with this problem.

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How to Remove Hard Water Stains from Porcelain

 Have a great weekend everyone!

We are expecting a big ol’ snow storm this Saturday and my plan is to stay indoors, drink wine and clean out my closets. Multi task, y’all :)

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8 thoughts on “How to Remove Hard Water Stains From a Porcelain Sink

  1. Thanks for the tip! I suppose this will work on bath tubs as well. I’m just trying to figure out how to do it without needing to fill up the tub with water and vinegar! :)

    1. That was my problem, Spenser! How to keep the vinegar in the tub long enough to work. My friend suggested scrubbing it with Bar Keeper’s Friend, so I’m going to give that a try and see how it works. I’ll let you know!

  2. Hey gurl…fabulous idea and my Mom has been using it since I’ve been a kid…since I introduced her to a new product I found. We have always had well water and hard water stains since I could remember, as a kid I didn’t have to worry about doing THAT chore but as I got older I found it impossible to get rid of them, ugghh !!
    I try my hardest to find environmentally friendly solutions for all things that have to do with cleaning or basically anything in my life…we have to be gentle with this earth that so many don’t care about & that I leave to my nieces and nephews.
    BUT on the flip side of that I have been using a product (which is not environmentally friendly) but it’s so cheap AND easy that I do use it. It’s called “Bar Keepers Friend” & they’ve been making it since 1882. It comes in a can and is similar to Ajax in the sense that it’s a powder that you shake on wet surfaces. I put in a HUGE porcelain sink when I did my kitchen over years ago…the kind that we all had as kids (the kind that you could bath a baby in) & before I got my metal rack for the bottom to protect it, it was all scratched up with huge black scratches…I was devastated that my expensive, beautiful sink was ruined & it also had those dreaded hard water stains. So I investigated & found this product & it works like a charm & also cleans my glass top stove/bathtub/bathroom sink/outside of toilet/copper/stainless steel/brass/chrome….I could go on and on !! I just wanted to share MY solution to my issues with porcelain and the problems I’ve had with it.
    I hope your not offended that I am not agreeing with YOUR solution to the issue. But for 85 cents this can of magic makes me happy ! I’m thrilled that you’ve found a solution to your problem because hard water stains are a pain in the butt to clean…that’s why I use it & my arthritic hands have immensely thanked me over & over again 😉
    Love your blog AND you and again I hope I haven’t offended you in any way. I just wanted to share my story :) xoxoxo
    P.S. Stay safe & warm in that storm you all are getting hit with !!!

    1. Hey girl! Thanks sharing your tip! I actually have some of that in my cabinet and I’ll try it On my tub this weekend!
      BTW, We really got hammered this weekend. I’m so disappointed that all that snow will be around through to at least March! :(

  3. Karen,
    Amazing!!!
    My MoMa always used vinegar, baking soda and ammonia for housekeeping chores.
    I was thrilled when I could purchase home cleaning products as a young bride!!!
    However, I now revert back to gentle for the environment products, too!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

  4. We have hard well water, too. I’m giving this a try! Hey, have you tried that cleaning vinegar with blue Dawn dishwashing liquid? It makes a GREAT shower/tub cleaner!

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