If you have hard water, you know all about the buildup that happens on your fixtures. You can always tell if it has been awhile since you scrubbed your faucets or shower heads. Before you bring out the rubber gloves and heavy duty bathroom cleaners that are full of questionable ingredients grab some stuff you already have around your home.
With a little bit of elbow grease, you can make those fixtures shine again and be fit for guests. The best part is that this homemade faucet cleaner won’t cost hardly any money to clean your faucet and shower areas.
Ingredients for Your Homemade Shower and Faucet Cleaner
Almost everything you need for a good faucet cleaner can be found right in your kitchen:
- Distilled White Vinegar- This will break down the deposits. But do not use on brushed nickel because vinegar can remove the finish. The great thing about using vinegar is it has natural anti-bacterial attributes which further disinfects the area.
- Baking Soda- Can help scrub away the deposits.
- Toothbrush- This can reach in those hard to reach areas to scrub the deposits away.
- Toothpicks- These are great to break up the deposits that the toothbrush cannot break free.
Directions to Shine those Faucets and Showers
- Pour some vinegar on the faucet, shower or handles. Wipe it off with a microfiber cloth.
- For tougher stains sprinkle baking soda on the faucet, shower or handles and then pour some vinegar over the powder and then wipe it off with a cloth.
- Shower heads can be soaked overnight in vinegar, by placing some vinegar in a baggie and the attaching the baggie to the shower head. You can also remove the shower head and soak it in vinegar in a small container.
- You can use the baggie full of vinegar on the faucet held on with a rubber band. Let it soak for up to one hour and remove. The deposits should be gone.
- For really tough spots that don’t come off, use a toothbrush (for cleaning-only) to scrub the spots away.
- A toothpick can work great to remove buildup that a cloth or toothbrush cannot reach.
- Rinse the faucet, handles and shower head with water and you are done!
If you live in an area with hard water, you may find that you will need to use this faucet cleaner a few times a week (or month) to keep the build up at bay.
It may also be beneficial to get in the habit of wiping down the sink faucet, bath tubs and shower areas with a microfiber cloth to soak up the water after each use. This prevents buildup from occurring too.
You can cut microfiber cloths into smaller pieces to make one cloth last over multiple days or uses. Microfiber cloths should be washed only with other microfiber cloths to keep their optimal cleaning quality. So if you have a lot of smaller cloths you use throughout the house in a week, it can make a great small load in your washer.
Do you have any other great ideas for cleaning your faucets and shower heads? Please share them below.