October 11, 2021
Dealing with Water Spots? Try this tip!
Water spots are inevitable and annoying but you can get rid of them with one pantry ingredient – white vinegar! The acid in the vinegar cuts right through mineral deposits and water spots. You’ll be surprised with the results!
Here’s the simple technique:
- Pour a little white vinegar directly on a cleaning cloth. I use the cleaning cloths found in my shop – this Cleaning Cloth Kit is my favorite. If you have soap scum or a lot of build up, use the scrubbing cloth in the kit.
- Wipe the spots away.
- Repeat if necessary.
- Rinse (or don’t – I don’t always rinse the white vinegar).
Where can you use this trick?
- glass shower doors – check out this before and after:
- faucets and fixtures
- stainless steel appliances – especially around a water dispenser!
- anywhere you see those pesky water spots
Where should you NOT use this trick?
Vinegar is acidic – don’t use on stone (marble, granite, quartz) as it can etch the surface over repeated use.
Questions you might have:
Will my house smell like a pickle? The smell is strong at first but it’s harmless and dissipates as soon as the vinegar is dry.
How often should I use this method? As needed – I find that I need a little extra oomph every month or two.
What if I hate the smell of vinegar? What can I use instead? Vinegar is my recommendation for water spots and mineral deposits. Feel free to infuse the vinegar with herbs or essential oil to cut the scent. As you use vinegar you’ll get used to it – I used to hate it and while I still don’t love it, I love the results when I use it.
very timely – thank you! just moved to a home with hard water (lots of spots!) and septic.
Abigail Wiest Says
Is it safe to use on wood? And will it work? We have left wet glasses on our wooden table from time to time and I’m wondering if this will remove the water ring left there?
We use a well and have very mineral-ly water. I have a spray bottle of 50-50 water/vinegar that helps me keep after the water dispenser built into my fridge, where deposits regularly appear on the black stainless surface.
Deborah Wakefield Says
I have tried this on clear glass water glasses and isn’t very successful. do have another idea? It happens in the dishwasher not all glassware just one particular glassware
Clean Mama SaysPost author
Do you have a water softener? That would help too!