Vinegar is a Great way to Get rid of Lime Deposits

Also known as Hard Water Stains, Mineral Deposits, and Calcium Build-up, Lime Deposits around your faucets, in your sinks and tubs and in your coffee pot can be a nuisance, and now they can be a thing of the past! With just a little bit of vinegar you can get rid of the lime deposits that are built up and continue to use it to keep them from coming back. Additionally, Vinegar is a great disinfectant and was used by many hospitals for years to clean beds and floors in rooms.

Cleaning Out a Sluggish Coffee Pot:

Fill the coffee pot to the highest level with vinegar, turn it on and let the vinegar run thought it. If this is the first time you have done this, you may have to repeat the process several times to remove all of the lime deposits.

To keep the mineral deposits from coming back and clogging up your coffee pot in the future, run a half a pot of vinegar through your machine once a week and you will always have free flowing coffee.

Cleaning Out Your Dishwasher:

You can get lime deposits in both the dishwasher and in the pipes and hoses that go into and out of your dishwasher. You can keep this from happening by simply adding a few cups of vinegar to your dishwashers rinse cycle at least once a week. There is no need to run an empty dishwasher and the vinegar will also help to remove any hard water deposits that can build up on your glasses. It doesn’t hurt to add a few cups of vinegar to every rinse cycle if you have extremely hard water and will help your dishes come out clear.

Removing Build-Up From Around Faucets:

There are two ways to remove the white calcium deposits from around your faucets.

The first way is to soak a rag in vinegar and wrap it around your faucets and handles and let it set for a few hours. The vinegar will help to break up the lime deposits and you can wipe them away. If you have heavy build-up, you may have to do this overnight.

Another way to get rid of the lime deposits from around your faucets is to dip an old toothbrush in vinegar and scrub the deposits. You can also do a combination of both soaking with a rag and then following up with the toothbrush.

Once you have removed all of the mineral deposits, you can keep them from coming back by spraying the faucets down with vinegar once a week and letting it sit for a few minutes and then wiping it clean. You may have to do this more than once a week if you have very hard water. The smell of the vinegar will go away once it has dried.

Removing Build-Up From Inside a Shower Head:

Remove the shower head by unscrewing it from the pipe that comes out of the wall. Place the shower head in a tall container that will hold it as well as allow it to be completely covered by vinegar. Pour the vinegar over the shower head and let it sit for several hours or overnight. Make sure to move the shower head around a bit to get rid of any air pockets that might be trapped in it.

If there is too much build up on the entire shower head and you can not unscrew it, you will need to soak it for several hours or overnight to loosen the mineral deposits. You can fill a heavy duty Zip-Lock bag with vinegar and attach it to your shower head with rubber bands. This is how my mother always did it when I was growing up as we had extremely hard water. After you get the shower head loose, you are still going to need to soak it in a container to remove the lime deposits from all parts of the shower head. If you can not get it off, rotate and adjust the shower head so that it is in a different position and repeat the process of attaching a baggie full of vinegar. Even if you can’t get it off, this will help to clear out any areas inside the showerhead that didn’t get the vinegar soak due to air pockets.

Removing Lime Deposits From Glass Shower Doors:

If your glass shower doors have started getting a cloudy appearance, spray them down with vinegar, let them sit for a few minutes and wipe them down. The shower doors don’t stay wet for very long, so you may have to spray them down again if you have heavy build up. You can clean out the runners at the bottom of the door with an old toothbrush as well. If you quickly spray your shower doors down with vinegar after every shower, or at least several times a week, you will be able to eliminate hard water build up on them and get rid of that cloudy appearance all together. Simply spray the doors down and wipe them with a rag. You can spray the runners down and walk away without doing anything, the vinegar smell will go away once the vinegar dries.

Cleaning out a Humidifier:

We use our humidifier quite a bit in the winter months and it really helps the kids sleep better and get over colds faster when they do get sick. Even though I clean it out every morning, mineral deposits can get in all the pieces and parts and can clog everything up. Once certain parts get too clogged up, there is no turning back and no way to really clean it out.

Depending on how often it gets used, you should clean it out with vinegar every week or so, about every 7 uses. Add several cups of vinegar to your humidifier, more or less depending on size, then fill it up to the proper level for running and run it through until it is empty. You might want to put it in a closed off room with an open window if the smell of vinegar becomes too strong. The smell of the vinegar will dissipate after awhile as well.

Removing Build-Up in Your Washing Machine:

Add a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle of every load of wash and it will help to keep lime deposits from forming around your washing machine and in the hoses that drain out of the machine. Vinegar is also a great way to remove odors from clothing, your clothes will never have a vinegar smell when they come out of the dryer.

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2 Responses to Vinegar is a Great way to Get rid of Lime Deposits

  1. Lisa Curcio on October 28, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Brianne, That CLR stuff is nasty! I have never used it because I know others who have and it stinks and is not safe to use on many surfaces. It can be very damaging. Never heard anything good about it!

    The coffee pot that I have now has a filter in it, and I take that out, it seems to hold the vinegar smell longer. If he notices it, run water through it first so he doesn't waste the coffee.

    The vinegar smell goes away fairly quickly after it drys. Vinegar is a great fabric softener too!

  2. Brianne on October 28, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Wow, who knew! So does your whole house smell of vinegar when you run it through the dishwasher? I always read that vinegar was such a great cleaning product but I never thought of all these ways to use it. I am going to get a spray bottle and use it for my shower doors! And the shower head. I was going to buy the CLR stuff that you see on TV but I know that is probably filled with chemicals! My husband hates the smell of vinegar but he will live! I use it to clean the coffee pot and if he noticed I just cleaned it, he will dump the first pot of coffee made after I cleaned it, thinking there is vinegar in it!

    And thank you for putting a link here to my blog and for linking on mine!! 🙂 I really appreciate it!

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