Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Household Help

Most people who know me know that I use mostly homemade natural cleaning products. I've spent quite a lot of time researching them and testing and adjusting recipes and trying things out. Here's one that works extremely well.

To remove hard water deposits on fixtures, soak paper towels or rags in white vinegar and drape the towels around the fixtures making sure to get good contact in all areas. Leave these on for at least an hour. Using the towels, rub the hard water deposits away. Even with heavy build-up you should get the first layer off and then be able to repeat the process as necessary.

Close the drain. Your fixtures will look like new!

I used this tip once on the floor of a textured tub in a house that we purchased in Tucson. It was when I was just learning about natural cleaning products. I had already tried to get the build up of grey, scummy hard water deposits off by soaking it in a couple of different commercial lime removal products, bleach and scrubbing it with harsh cleansers. Nothing worked. I finally closed the drain and dumped in half a gallon of pure white vinegar and half and hour later all of it was GONE!

I have other non-toxic cleaning recipes on my website that you can use for FREE!


  1. What a great tip, Sue. Thanks for sharing it. I have a lot of trouble with our small shower. It seems to attract mineral deposits like a magnet. I will definitely try this!

  2. Great post! Did you also know that straight vinegar kills bacteria, mold and germs? It's great in a spray bottle to clean the kitchen and bathroom. You can dilute it with water. Also apple cider vinegar has many health benefits- a teaspoon in a small glass of water will get rid of heartburn right away. You can put a little honey in it to help the taste.

  3. Sue, I will be using that tip! So can you tell me does vinegar disinfect as well as bleach? My DD claims it does.

  4. Straight white vinegar disinfects quite well, but not as well as bleach. But if you mix up your cleaning solutions using white vinegar and also tea tree oil it works very well. I have other recipes on my website if you click the link in the blog post.