25 September 2012

Pin Busters! D-I-Y Hard Water Deposit Remover

This pin originated at DIY Confessions. She used it on her stainless steel sink and fixtures with excellent results, so I wanted to give it a try in my kitchen. I have Corian counters and rubbed bronze fixtures, so I wasn't sure whether that would make a difference or not.

Ceara recommends filling a spray bottle a little less than halfway with white vinegar, adding 1/4 c. lemon juice, and filling the bottle the rest of the way with dish soap. I didn't want to make that much of the product, so I figured if a spray bottle was about 32 oz., I would just break down the amounts.

I ended up using:
2 oz. (1/4 c.) white vinegar
1.75 oz. (a little less than 1/4 c.) Dawn
1/4 oz. (1/2 TBSP.) lemon juice

To easily get 1.75 oz. of Dawn, I just put the 1/2 TBSP. of lemon juice in a measuring cup and added Dawn to the 1/4 c. line. Then I added the vinegar, stirred, and used a funnel to put it in a spray bottle.

I generously (generously because you don't want it to dry out while it's sitting on the fixtures) sprayed it on my counter where there were hard water stains, and all over the faucet fixtures - leaving it for about 15-20 minutes. Then I used a microfiber cloth to wipe it away. For the most part, everything wiped away easily. I think if I had used a toothbrush on the remaining spots, they would've come clean as well, but I was too lazy that wasn't the purpose of the test.

The countertop was a no-brainer. It wiped clean with one swipe.


The faucet itself wasn't too bad - it just had some deposits around the base, so it came clean easily.


The water tap had more deposits, so it required a little more vigorous rubbing, but most of them removed easily.


The worst one was the sprayer (for obvious reasons). This one had some major build-up on it. It did come fairly clean with just vigorous wiping and one treatment. I think an additional treatment & the use of a toothbrush would probably clean everything else away.


The verdict: Pin-worthy!

Overall, I think it worked pretty well. I've tried just plain white vinegar and that works pretty well, too, but I think the addition of the Dawn gave it a little more "oomph".

I'm not sure how much the lemon juice contributed since I don't have stainless steel, so I think I'm going to try it without the lemon juice next time to see how it goes. I know the Dawn/white vinegar mix works wonders in the bathroom, so I'm going to try my hand at creating my own concoction. I'm curious as too how much you can cut the Dawn before it stops working as well. When I do, I'll be sure to post it.