Get Rid of Lime Deposits using Eco-Friendly Products

Get rid of lime deposits using 2 items from your pantry ~ vinegar and salt.
Befores and Afters
Lime deposit on kitchen faucet ~ before
Kitchen Faucet After
slather on the salt and vinegar

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14 questions
  • Sharon Worley
    on Aug 12, 2016

    Do you think that this can be used on granite counter tops?

  • Cflyncker
    on Aug 13, 2016

    RE: 2012/10/ecp-friendly-cleaning-tips-using-heinz-cleaning-vinegar (kitchen faucet with lime deposit) Q: How much vinegar and how much salt?

    • Mary Beth @ The How to Home
      on Aug 13, 2016

      Put 1 to 2 tablespoons of salt in a small container. The amount of salt used/needed depends on the amount of lime you need to get rid of, then add a splash of vinegar, just enough to make a paste.

    • Cflyncker
      on Sep 5, 2016

      Thank you for your reply. Can't wait to try it!

  • Karen
    on Aug 15, 2016

    I have a hard water stain (from the ice maker) running down the door of my stainless refrigerator. Do you think this would remove it or harm the finish? One writer talked about etching coffee travel mugs -I'm afraid.

    • Mary Beth @ The How to Home
      on Aug 15, 2016

      Hi Karen - I highly doubt that the vinegar would etch your stainless steel refrigerator as I've been using it for years on some of my stainless steel appliances and have never had that occur BUT to be on the safe side I would try some other options first. Try oil - good old coconut oil, olive oil, or vegetable oil. Rub it into the spot gently using a soft cloth (I like to use a flannel rag for purposes like this). This may take a while to loosen up the stain so be patient. :) Also, as I was writing this it occurred to me that your refrigerator may have a coating on it that wouldn't react well with the vinegar so I would go with the safe, oily option. Please let me know if this works for you.

    • Shelbie Busam Kelsey
      on Nov 21, 2016

      if that doesn't work, I use Rubbing Alcohol on mine and it works like a charm

    • Lee Pac
      on Apr 14, 2017

      Take care when using vinegar on stainless steel faucets and dispenser parts as it will etch the surface if let sitting too long.
  • James
    on Apr 7, 2017

    how much vinegar and how much salt

    • Twi12790313
      on Apr 17, 2017

      The pic has either a tsp or Tbl measuring spoon, the bowl it sets in is small, probably 1 cup.
    • Sancas
      on Sep 26, 2019

      I checked the blog...formula is 1 or 2 Tablespoons of salt (depending on area to be cleaned) then add just enough vinegar to make a paste

  • Susie Dewey Cornwell
    on Apr 7, 2017

    I have a copper faucet can I use on that?
  • Pam Rouse
    on Jul 7, 2017

    Can I use Vinegar and salt on my bath tub? I have hard well water which leaves mineral deposits.
    Thank you,
    Beaver Creek,oregon
    on Jul 19, 2017

    what's the recipe of salt and vinegar?
    • Jenny Birch
      on Sep 4, 2017

      a microfiber cloth to wipe and dry after use takes seconds and cost nothing
    • Barbara
      on Sep 4, 2017

      click on the Http: address and it will lead you to it
  • Elizabeth White
    on Sep 4, 2017

    Will this work on glass in shower stall or will it scratch?
    • Ardale
      on Apr 30, 2018

      I don't know is salt will scratch your glass shower doors or not but I use plain white vinegar to clean my faucets and shower heads and it works great without the salt. For shower doors and faucets just take paper towels or newspaper and soak them in vinegar then simply stick them on your glass surface and let them sit for awhile while you do something else. If your paper dries out you can put some white vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz your paper to keep it wet. After about 30 minutes or so take your paper down and rinse your shower doors then dry them off and you'll be amazed how they shine. For your shower head just take a Ziploc bag and rubber band and fill your bag with white vinegar just until it covers the holes on your shower head. Let soak as long as you want then just take an old took brush to lightly brush over the holes while your rinse your shower head. For your faucets just place paper towels soaked in white vinegar on your facets and let sit for about 30 minutes. Spritz your paper towels with vinegar just to keep them wet while your waiting then just remove your paper and wipe down with a damp cloth.

    • Peter
      on Sep 22, 2019

      You would be hard-pressed to scratch glass. You can even use steel wool on glass and be fine.

  • Cha29519278
    on Sep 5, 2017

    how much vinegar and how much salt
  • Eva Beatty
    on Jan 20, 2019

    wh is the difference between cleaning vinegar and regular vinegar?

  • Gary Grothe
    on Sep 25, 2019

    Do you have a solution for getting rid of stubborn toilet bowl rings?

    • Bobbie Dunn
      on Sep 25, 2019

      I saw a post the other day and they suggested a pumice stone. I'm going to give it a try because I get a lot of lime build up at the water ring.

    • Jeanette
      on Sep 25, 2019

      Pumice stones work great. I buy them at my local 99 Cent store. They really are amazing!

    • Dianna
      on Sep 25, 2019

      Pumice stone and gloves, elbow grease.

  • Ruth
    on Sep 25, 2019

    can this solution be used on Stainless Steel>

    I have a SS Fridge with the water & ice dispenser on the door

    the water catch has overflowed many times and has left a ugly streak down the door. how do I get rid of this without scratching my door.

    • Gary
      on Oct 2, 2019

      stainless steel wipes. Works wonders

    • Ginger
      on Mar 28, 2020

      Use WD-40 it does a fantastic job. Just spray some on a paper towel or cloth and wipe going in an up and down direction. No need to wipe off. You will be amazed how it looks😁

  • Karen Sandford
    on Oct 3, 2019

    Where do I buy cleaning vinegar

    • Hi Karen. You can buy cleaning vinegar at Walmart and most grocery stores should carry it as well. It will be in the aisle with cleaning products.

    • Renae Knorr
      on Nov 8, 2019

      Our Walmart has it with the gallon size plastic jugs in the vinegar isle!

    • Renae Knorr
      on Nov 8, 2019

      Our Walmart has it in the vinegar isle in plastic jugs where the white vinegar and the apple cider vinegar is.

    • Jan
      on Dec 31, 2019

      Wal-Mart cleaning isle.

  • Jackie Angus
    on Oct 3, 2019

    I could never find where it had the amounts of vinegar and salt, does anyone know? Thanks

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  • Kay Cooper
    on Oct 29, 2019

    Cleaning vinegar is $1 for a half gallon at Dollar General stores.

  • Louise
    on Nov 3, 2019

    This is fab..i bought mine latly..Was so surprised in how good it is..i used it to clean pennys lol..uploading my result on hometalk as i was amazed!..Thanks for shareing other ways to clean with it. Its magic lol 👍

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