The high mineral content of hard water makes it unfit to drink. Hard water also leaves stubborn stains on the surface of materials, such as plastic, glass and ceramic, due to the deposition of the minerals (mainly calcium and magnesium) present in it. The process of removing hard water stains may seem to be difficult, especially on plastic. If you are looking for ways to get rid of the tough stains, found on your plastic jugs, containers, showerhead and bathtub, read the article. Given below are instructions on removing hard waterstains on plastic.
How To Remove Hard Water Stains From Plastic
If the bottom part of your plastic jug is discolored due to hard water stains, fill it with one part vinegar and one part water. Shake the jug well and leave it, undisturbed, for 15 minutes. This will remove the stains caused by lime deposits. Finally, rinse the jug with plain water.
Soak the plastic food containers in your kitchen in white vinegar, for about 10 minutes, and then wash them under running water. This will remove the hard water stains from them. For stubborn stains, you may leave the containers, soaked in vinegar, overnight and wash them the next day.
If hard water stains are clogging your plastic shower head, remove them with a 50-50 mixture of white vinegar and water. Soak a clean towel in the mixture and wipe down the stained parts of the showerhead. Now, wrap the towel around the shower head for a while, say 15 minutes. Remove the towel and wipe down the area with a damp cloth.
To remove hard water stains from plastic bathtub, you may make use of undiluted vinegar. Soak a cloth in vinegar and place it over the stains. Leave it for 15 minutes. This will loosen the calcium deposits on the surface. Remove the loosened particles by scrubbing the spot with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Rinse the tub with water.