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Who has hard water stains? I do! I do!
My sink is disgusting. Even when it’s clean, it really doesn’t LOOK clean. We live in the country and that equals hard water. Even though we have a water softener, the hard water stains on my kitchen sink make me feel like I’m failing at life. Still, it was one of those things I had sort of accepted and didn’t stress about. I mean, no one notices your kitchen sink when they are hanging out at your place, right? And that really doesn’t happen often anyway. I choose to spend my energy on the noticeable things. The instantly visual stuff. Although I can’t say I stay on top of the “dog nose art” on both my front and back door.
I didn’t really notice how bad the sink looked until my hubby installed a new faucet, free of water stains.
It was bad.
Bring on the good ol’ white vinegar! I know, it’s not very original. But keep in mind that I am NOT the best housekeeper on the planet. So I really didn’t know just how awesome this stuff is.
First, I soaked a few paper towels in vinegar and put them over top of the worst of the stains. I splashed a little more on for good measure. I wiped the rest of the sink with a vinegar soaked paper towel and didn’t rinse any off. I busied myself with other things and 20 minutes later I used the same soaked cloths to scrub all the water spots. Most wiped away easily. The few places that were really caked, I used a scrub brush, stopping briefly to rescue a spider. I know. I’m a freak. I rinsed with water and then wiped it all dry….
Voila! It looks brand new! Even hubby noticed.
I was so proud of my domestic triumph. I swore I wouldn’t let it get that bad again. All I have to do is keep the sink dry, right? I even tried that for a few days. Wiping it dry after I used it. I eventually realized that was just stupid. It’s a SINK. Sinks aren’t supposed to be dry. I found myself avoiding using it. So I have resigned myself to just accepting that I’ll have to get the vinegar out a little more often. Some weeks are better than others.
Before and after shots
So, I’m convinced. I’ve since been using vinegar on everything. It’s truly magical. And natural. And cheap.
Side note: Paper cuts + Vinegar soaked paper towels = Torture.