How To Clean Mineral Deposits

Step by Step Guide to Easily Remove Stubborn Mineral Deposits

Mineral deposits can be very tough to remove with ordinary cleaners – but with the right approach they are easily eliminated! Using soap and elbow grease is a poor weapon in the fight against them, but with some basic chemistry knowledge you will be able to will dissolve those annoying mineral deposits in no time at all.

Acids will remove most deposits found around the home and are typically found in toilet bowl cleaners, rust removers, metal cleaners and kitchen/bathroom cleaners.

Abrasives can be used to remove them, but may also scour off stains. If used regularly, harsh abrasives will gradually scratch the finish of sinks, bathtubs and other items. Coarse abrasives will damage plastic, glass, plated and highly polished metals. Chlorine bleach can help remove mineral deposits, but it can also dull shiny finishes of porcelain enamel surfaces.

However, there are also some natural acids that are just as effective and are tried and tested methods to remove even the most stubborn mineral deposits. 

Step 1

Get some pure white vinegar. Add the vinegar to a spray bottle.

Step 2

Spray the vinegar freely over the sink or bath tub and wait for a few minutes.

Step 3

Check deposits are dissolving. If they are stubborn spray more vinegar and wait a while longer.

Step 4

Wipe away. Simply wipe away with a clean cloth or sponge to reveal the shine.

Step 5

Sometimes mineral deposits are extra stubborn - for this make a paste of white vinegar and baking soda and scrub gently with a soft brush or sponge. Never use an abrasive cleaner like scouring pads, powders or steel wool as this will scratch the surfaces.


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Very useful way of dealing with mineral deposits. Vinegar is also safe.

By Mary Norton