Hard water, formed when water picks up calcium, magnesium carbonates, bicarbonates, and sulfates as it percolates through limestone, chalk, or gypsum, might be a good way of getting your essential minerals, but it's like stealth bombing your fixtures and appliances. Not to mention the perfectly venal things it can do to your hair.
Build up of hard water, aside from making your faucets and shower heads look crusty and infected with alien DNA, can clog your pipes, shorten the lifespan of your appliances, cause dry and irritated skin, and prevent your clothes from getting clean.
While the best way to eliminate this issue is to invest in an effective water filtration system that softens the water when it enters your home or facility, these can sometimes be expensive and might not completely do the trick of preventing build up.
The longer calcium deposits are allowed to build up, the harder it is to really eliminate them. So if you see blue or yellow crust forming, here's how to keep it from ruining your decor.
For glass: mix a 50% water (preferably soft or distilled)/50% vinegar solution, spray the areas, and let sit for some minutes. Then wipe clean. The acid in the vinegar will help loosen the mineral deposits. And it's environmentally friendly.
For stainless steel: mix 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup vinegar, 1 tablespoon each of olive oil lemon juice. Create a paste and then rub lightly (to avoid scratches) on the stainless steel using either paper towels or microfiber towels. Let sit for ten to fifteen minutes, then clean and dry.
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