How to Clean Lime and Calcium Streaks on Your Tub

By: Tanya Edwards  | 
Make your tub look like new.

Key Takeaways

  • To clean lime and calcium deposits from your tub, you can use a commercial lime remover or a homemade mixture of white vinegar and water.
  • Apply the cleaning solution directly to the tub walls, fixtures and shower areas, then scrub the areas with a damp rag or paper towel for effective results.
  • For tougher stains, soak a towel in the vinegar-water mixture and use it as a scrubber to see immediate improvement in removing hard water stains.

Lime and calcium streaks can leave your tub looking dull and chalky. Clean off these hard water deposits in a few simple steps to keep your fixtures looking shiny and new – and give your old bathroom an instant upgrade.


Spray Clean

Either buy a lime removing cleanser – although some can be very harsh – or make a mix in a spray bottle of white vinegar and water. You can use this to clean your tub, shower and fixtures. Spray your cleanser on the walls of the tub, fixtures and shower walls and scrub down with a damp rag or paper towel. Or, soak a towel in a bowl of your mixture and use the wet towel as a scrubber. You should see the hard water stains disappearing immediately.


Add Power

If you’re not seeing the results you were hoping for, make a paste of white vinegar and baking soda for more cleaning power. Spread on the stains and let sit for about 15 minutes; then wipe off with a damp rag or paper towel and make sure to dry the spot afterwards to prevent further staining.


Avoid New Streaks

If you’re continually seeing streaks and spots from hard water, the best thing you can do is start preventing the stains. After showers and baths, spray the tub with either a daily cleanser or a mix of vinegar and water -- then wipe down the tub so the water can’t leave any spots.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use bleach to remove lime and calcium stains?
Bleach is not effective for lime and calcium removal. It is better to use vinegar-based solutions or specific lime/calcium removers.
How often should I clean my tub to prevent lime and calcium buildup?
Regular cleaning every one to two weeks with a vinegar and water solution can help prevent the buildup of lime and calcium.

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