Tips For Painting The Rooms In Your Home

Tips For Painting The Rooms In Your Home

How To Remove Hard Water Deposits, Soap Scum And Rust From Your Shower Naturally

Bertha Ruiz

Keeping your shower enclosures sparkling clean may seem like a never-ending task, as soap scum and hard water deposits leave their calling card behind. There are commercial products designed to clean them, of course, but they often contain a host of nasty chemicals. If you prefer to live a more natural life, you will be happy to know there are a number of household products that many claim work just as well.

Hard Water Stains

Hard water stains are caused by impurities in your water and consist mostly of calcium, magnesium and iron, says The Family Handyman. Calcium and magnesium cause white scale to form on surfaces, like your shower doors. Scale thickens over time, forming a hard surface that is difficult to remove. To get rid of scale, you need to dissolve the deposits before you can wash it away. That's why you need to raid the kitchen cabinets for high-acid products. 

  • Distilled White Vinegar - You probably already have a bottle of vinegar in your cupboard, but if you don't you can buy for a dollar or two. White vinegar dissolves scale and hard water deposits.
  • Lemon Juice - Like white vinegar, lemon juice is high in acids and works to cut through hard water stains. If you don't have lemon juice, a cut lemon will do.

Cleaning Hard Water Deposits

In order for acids, like vinegar and lemon juice to work their magic, they need time to soak into the hard water deposits. That means you need to moisten them with the solution and let it set to dissolve scale.

  • Fill a spray bottle with either white vinegar or lemon juice and spray down the inside of your shower, including the doors. The object is to wet the surface, but not to spray so heavily that the solutions runs off.
  • Allow the solution to set for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Scrub the area with a soft scrub brush.
  • Use an old electric toothbrush to get into the crevices.
  • Rinse the shower doors and walls with clear water.
  • Wipe them down with a clean, soft cloth.

Rust Stains

Iron deposits in your water react with the air to create ugly rust stains. These are often found in the crevices of your shower or along seams. If rust stains are ruining the appearance of your shower, you need more than vinegar and lemon juice to get it clean. Fortunately, your kitchen cabinets probably contain the cure.

  • Baking Soda - Baking soda makes quick work of rust stains, but like vinegar and lemon juice it takes some time to do its thing.
  • Cream of Tartar - If you don't have baking soda on hand, cream of tartar is an effective alternative.

Cleaning Rust Stains

  • Mix baking soda or cream of tartar with a enough lemon juice to make a smooth paste. You can also use vinegar for this, but be prepared for lots of bubbling.
  • Apply the paste to the rust stains.
  • Allow to set for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Scrub the area with a scrub brush or old toothbrush.
  • Rinse away the residue with clear water and dry the shower with a soft cloth.

Soap Scum

Soap scum is not the same as scale. Soap scum is a mixture of soap residue, body oils and dirt. Many are surprised to learn that you can remove soap scum with ordinary shampoo. Shampoo is, after all, designed to remove body oils and dirt from your hair.

Cleaning Soap Scum

  • Pour shampoo onto a damp sponge or cloth.
  • Spread the shampoo over the soap scum.
  • Allow it to set for a few minutes.
  • Scrub the area with a scrub brush to lift the dirt and grime from your shower.
  • Rinse with clear water and dry a soft cloth.

Although you can't avoid all dirt and grime in your shower, you can take steps to keep your shower looking good between cleanings. Get into the habit of rinsing off any splatters of soap or shampoo and wiping down the doors and walls of the shower after every use. This helps keep buildup under control and keeps streaks and water spots at bay.


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Tips For Painting The Rooms In Your Home

My name is Ian Flaherty and this is my home and garden blog about painting. Many people don't enjoy painting the rooms in their house, but I think it's a very relaxing task that I often do after work. I frequently change the colors of the rooms in my home and every time I do, it gives the home an entirely new appearance, I learned how to paint rooms many years ago when I first started changing the paint colors in my house. When I was first learning how to paint, I had a few mishaps, but then I would do research to learn how it's done right. If you want to discover a whole new world that can be achieved with paint, I hope you'll read my blog and apply these tips and ideas.