How to Remove Hard Water Stains from Stainless Steel

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How to Remove Hard Water Stains from Stainless Steel

It’s a well-known, common issue that, for many of us, affects our household appliances and sinks: hard water stains on stainless steel. This is no minor nuisance. Water spots can create an unattractive appearance on your appliances and make them look worn. There are different ways to remove hard water stains from stainless steel, but it’s best to find the one that works for you and keep with it.

Appliances

The best way would be to use warm vinegar and baking soda to clean it first. Make a paste of one tablespoon of baking soda and enough vinegar to make it the consistency of thick yogurt. Apply it to your stainless steel surface.

Wipe it off with a damp cloth or paper towel. Then, rinse with plain water. It should be completely gone after about 5 minutes. If the stains don’t come out, you can use a mixture of 10 drops of dish soap and 1/2 cup vinegar. Apply and let sit for 10 minutes before rinsing off.

Faucets

Soak a cloth in some white vinegar and dab it on the stains. If the stains are very stubborn, you can put 1/2 cup of bleach into a bowl of hot water and soak several pieces of cloth in the mixture. Use another cloth to gently rub it off.

Cookware

If the stains are on cookware, let it soak in a mixture of 1 cup of vinegar and 1 quart of hot water. Make sure to put the items in a bowl or sink to keep them submerged. Once they have soaked for about 10 minutes, carefully wash them with warm water and soap.

Utensils

For small utensils, fill a bowl with hot water and 1/2 cup of vinegar. Soak them overnight and use a gentle sponge the next day to get rid of the stains. Stubborn stains can also be treated with a paste of 3 tablespoons of dish soap, 1 tablespoon baking soda, and enough water to make it the consistency of yogurt.