Because so many homes in the Phoenix area are using hard water day in and day out, there is a good chance that most people have had to deal with hard water stains at one point or another. Hard water stains can be identified by their chalky white appearance. It is most commonly seen on faucets, shower heads, in sinks, bathtubs, and appliances and even on dishes.

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What makes hard water stains even more difficult to deal with is that they are very tricky to clean. Hard water stains actually contain lime and other powerful minerals that build up over time. It often takes much more than just a quick spray of cleaning product and a wipe of the rag to get rid of this lime scale.

Here are a few ideas on how you can remove hard water stains at various locations throughout your home:

Shower head

Many people are familiar with the effects of hard water on the shower head. Not only does the lime scale cause an unsightly residue, it can actually prevent water from flowing properly through the shower head.

A good way to remove hard water stains from a shower head is to let it soak in plain white vinegar for several hours. Then scrub it down with water before replacing. You should notice a remarkable difference.


Faucets are another common place to see hard water stains. With water constantly flowing out of them, they also see the effects of left over water that ends up dripping down and staying at the base of the faucet.

 Try using a lemon rind to clean chrome faucets. Once you’ve rubbed them down with the lemon rind or peel, then drape vinegar soaked paper towels over the faucets. Within an hour, you will see sparkling clean faucets.


We may not notice it as often, but toilets are absolutely vulnerable to hard water stains.

We suggest using a can of cola. You would be surprised at how much cola can help to eliminate hard water stains. Dump one can of soda in the toilet and then let it sit for an hour before flushing. You should be able to notice a difference right away.

Shower Doors

Nothing can cause a shower to look worse than hard water stains up and down the shower door. Fortunately, there are a couple of simple ways to get rid of these stains.

You can try spraying the door down with white vinegar and then wiping it clean. If this doesn’t seem to do the trick, try a glass of white wine. One glass of white wine can actually make a difference in getting rid of hard water stains.

While using these methods is great for getting rid of what you can see, what worries Boydco Plumbing is the damage you can’t see. Hard water has a way of building up in pipes throughout the plumbing system in a way that can cause major damage.

If you suspect that you have hard water stain damage in your plumbing system, call Boydco Plumbing today to set up a free in home consultation. 602-335-0323.