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Old 10-25-2012, 08:41 AM   #1
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Build up from hard water

In the tub. What do you use to keep it at bay/remove it? Just vinegar and baking soda and elbow grease?

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I do vinegar then baking soda paste with salt for scrubbing. I finish with vinegar if needed.

Elbow grease Sometimes my DH and I use both our elbows
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I just use plan vinegar. I fill the tub with hot water & add a gallon of vinegar & let it soak a few hours. Then I just rinse it off or if it's real bad just wipe it, but no elbow grease required really.
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I just use plan vinegar. I fill the tub with hot water & add a gallon of vinegar & let it soak a few hours. Then I just rinse it off or if it's real bad just wipe it, but no elbow grease required really.
Oh, I'll try this! I've done the vinegar, baking soda and elbow grease, but I really have trouble with that. I was actually thinking of filling the tub and using bleach.
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If you have iron in your water, bleach will set the stains, so you might not want to try that.
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Re: Build up from hard water

Keep a spray bottle of vinegar in the bath and spray the walls and tub after each shower/bath. After a few weeks it will get rid of all the spots and it will keep it away. Then you just need to do regular cleaning.
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Re: Build up from hard water

Our water is really hard too and I've discovered that soaking is the best thing. I keep a spray bottle of it for cleaning, but for the tub, yeah, just fill it up and you only need a cup or 2 of vinegar and let it soak overnight. Then wipe it down and that should get rid of the buildup. I was amazed that it took off stuff I couldn't get with a wire brush (ruined the surface using that, but it didn't take off the buildup).
When you see little bubbles forming on the surfaces then you know it's working. However, if you let it dry before wiping it then it will just re-harden and not come off.
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If you have iron in your water, bleach will set the stains, so you might not want to try that.
Yep.

Not sure how green it is but we use Barkeeper's Friend. Its recommended by our stainless steal pot/pan manufacturer for removing discoloration and gunk- makes them nice and shiny. It works great on removing rust stains on the toilet and tub- with a whole lot less elbow grease. I could never get everything off with vinegar and baking soda- guess I wasn't strong enough.

And I do leave it in the toilet to soak, I have never had to with the tub. I just scrub it on directly with only a little bit of water- works better if its a dry paste consistency. Both are spotless when done.
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