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Vinegar vs. Hard Water Deposits

Posted By Sarah Gonski On February 17, 2010 @ 12:00 pm In Green Lifestyles, Green2Save, Greening Your Home, Tips | 3,599 Comments

My before and after!

My before and after!

Here in Phoenix, hard water is the bane of our collective existence (along with July!). Hard water, or water with a high mineral content, is famous for leaving those awful cloudy films on glasses, and a chalky white residue on shower walls and faucets.

For a long time, I felt convinced that there was simply no natural solution. I tried everything from the mundane to the inventive: commercial hard water cleaners, fabric softener sheets sprayed with window cleaner on my shower walls, Lemi-shine on my drinking glasses in the dishwasher…nothing worked.

Finally, last week in a last-ditch effort to save my drinking classes - they were SO cloudy and gunked up that I thought I was going to have to replace them - I returned to one of the best natural cleaners of all - plain white vinegar.

I filled a deep bowl with half vinegar and half hot water (I’m not sure the water needed to be hot but it felt right so I did it anyway!), and soaked the glasses two by two for 10 or 15 minutes each. Then I took them out and scrubbed them with a regular dish scrubber. Glory of glories, the chalky gunk came right off! I found out after doing some later googling that the vinegar loosens up the water deposits.

The experiment with the drinking glasses was such a raging success that I unscrewed my shower head and did the same routine, getting rid of almost three year’s worth of lime deposits in 15 minutes.

Takeaway lessons from this experiment: A good dose of vinegar will clean almost anything; and to never underestimate the power of natural cleaning products!



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