Remove hard water stains with white vinegar [Hack #065]

Scrub a dub dub

Are your bathroom sinks looking dingy? There’s a great cure for that and it’s sitting in your pantry waiting to be employed. It’s a simple 1, 2, 3 process and your bathroom sinks (and kitchen for that matter) will shine like brand new stainless.

Easy as 1-2-3

  1. Pour straight vinegar into a bowl and submerge a clean rag in it
  2. Wrap the rag around the base of the sink — or other dingy areas of stainless — and let it sit for an hour. Make sure the sink fixture is completely dry.
  3. Remove the rag and scrub off the excess gunk with an abrasive pad or brush.

You can repeat this as necessary and you will reclaim that old shine and revitalize your bathroom sinks in a jiffy.

It’s the science that leads here. Vinegar contains acetic acid which is stronger than the carbonic acid found in the hard water stains at your sink. The theory is a stronger acid will displace a weaker acid from a salt. Therefore, acetic acid reacts to calcium carbonate to form calcium acetate and carbonic acid — both of which are soluble in water — get washed away. 

Voila! Science and a clean sink!

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