This demonstration on removing hard water stains from bathroom sinks and shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
Living in a rural area is awesome. We enjoy a list of country pleasures.
Plenty of space for kids to play.
Just to name a few.
One trade-off to the peace and quiet are the hard water stains that accompany well water. I’ve had them in the sink and toilet for months, and I have struggled since my husband and I were married for a true solution to removing them. They are annoying and make the fixture look like I avoid cleaning it, which is definitely not true.
I’ve heard many DIY remedies from friends and family, but none of them have been successful. The only thing that has worked to this point is convincing my husband to scrape the stains with arm muscle.
Over the years, I’ve heard of 20 Mule Team® Borax, but I always correlated it with laundry. Until I began researching it more, I didn’t realize that Borax is great to help with a variety of cleaning projects around the house, including removing hard water stains from inside toilets and sinks.
- Cleaning gloves
- A cleaning sponge (use the “toughest” sponge that you are comfortable with using inside your fixture)
I’m demonstrating this inside my sink, but it can also be used inside a toilet.
To truly appreciate how well Borax and this cleaning method worked, take at look at the “before” photos of my sink. Yuck!
To begin, close the drain and put on the cleaning gloves.
Sprinkle in a few tablespoons of Borax. I eye-balled the amount.
Pour in about 1/4 cup of vinegar.
Use the sponge to combine the vinegar and Borax to make a type of paste. Rub the mixture around the sink, scrubbing as you go. Let it sit for about 10 minutes.
Open the sink drain. With cleaning gloves on, run water from the faucet and use the water and the sponge to clean the mixture from the sink, continuing to scrub as you clean.
Continue to rinse until the mixture is gone.
I used a similar method to clean the toilet that had a hard water ring on the inside. See the before and after below.
Borax has a variety of approved uses, including helping to clean in the kitchen and garbage cans. Though commonly used in the laundry room, Borax is a Multi-Purpose Household Cleaner.