Hot Tips: Cleaning Hard Water Deposits with Everyday Items

water softener installation long grove il Dealing with hard water can be a major hassle – especially when it comes to cleaning up the gross-looking mineral deposits on your faucets. We are here to show you how to clean up those hard water deposits with items that you probably already have in your pantry, and how to prevent mineral buildup in the future.

Cleaning the Faucets

Hard water can make brand new faucets look dingy, but you can remedy it with vinegar. Here’s how:

  1. Soak a clean rag in vinegar. Place the rag over the hard water deposits and let it sit for about an hour.
  2. Grab a non-scratch sponge. Scrub the faucet, using plenty of water and focusing the areas with the most buildup. You may need to repeat this process a few times to get all of the mineral build-up

Cleaning the Aerator

If your faucet’s water pressure is low or sprays water erratically,  your aerator is clogged with hard water deposits. Here’s how to clean it using an old toothbrush and vinegar:

  1. Remove the aerator. Be careful not to scratch or dent it.
  2. Pay close attention to how the parts fit together and take notes if necessary.
  3. Remove loose debris. Then rinse the aerator thoroughly with water.
  4. Place the aerator in a container of vinegar overnight.
  5. Grab an old toothbrush. Scrub remaining debris and rinse with water, then reassemble the aerator.

Be sure to check the water flow when you’re done to ensure that you reassembled the aerator correctly and that you removed all of the hard water.


If you’re sick of dealing with hard water deposits on your faucets and appliances, call Chicagoland Water Conditioning at 847.965.1000 for water softener installation in Long Grove, IL, and the surrounding areas.