Brushing teeth in front of a mirror is as one of the many habits inseparable to many people. Yet, expect that, alongside with this constant manner of us come the furious-looking eyes of our mothers or partners – as if pointing to the water-droplets now clinging to her precious mirror that will eventually form into stains. Clean teeth, stained mirror, and angry cleaner! That is just one of the countless proofs that depicts hard water stain is totally a disaster.
However, that does not mean we should veer away from this efficient way of brushing just because the act causes unwanted white blemishes on the mirror. Who cares with hard water stains? No one at all should! (Just kidding! Of course, we all do care. Nobody wants to experience that you-can-burry-me-now-causing gaze again.)
Before I give you the ways on how to efface hard water stains from glasses, let’s first define the subject, the hard water stains, and know what causes those very unsightly spots. (You are free to skip this part if you wish to read the tips right away!)
Hard Water Stains Defined
Chemistry explains water is considered hard when it contains calcium, magnesium, metal cations, and compounds such as sulfates and bicarbonates. When it contacts a glass, white blemishes are formed – called the hard water stains. Hard water stains are the spots we observe conquering our glass-made equipments and displays at home, particularly in the kitchen or in the bathroom. Removing this kind of stain is hard, especially when one uses damp cloth alone.
Removing Hard Water Stains from Glass
Think less and worry no more! Here we present the 10 effective ways on how to easily remove stains from glasses:
1. Pure White Vinegar Spray: Get a spray bottle, fill it with pure white vinegar (amount depends on the coverage you desire to clean). Spray a generous amount of vinegar on the glass. Let the liquid stay there for a few seconds before wiping it with a cloth. Be sure to put pressure upon wiping for that will aid on effacing the spots from the glass. Repeat the procedure if necessary. If you’re satisfied enough with the outcome, wipe the glass with cloth soaked with warm water and let it dry.
2. Cola Spray: As we all know, cola is an acid so it is no longer surprising to note that the drink can also be utilized to clean stuff in the house. Get a spray bottle, fill it with cola (not necessarily warm), and spray it on the targeted area. Afterwards, wipe the glass with wet cloth to remove the sugar the cola has before letting it dry.
3. Lemon Juice Spray: Extract an adequate amount of lemon juice; mix it with water of the same amount as the juice before spraying it on the glass. After that, wipe the area with a clean cloth and it’s ready to go. Just as in the white vinegar spray, the amount of extract will depend on the coverage you intend to clean.
4. Dishwashing Liquid + Cleaning Pad. Drop a sufficient amount of dishwashing liquid to a cleaning pad or foam (soaked in warm water). Rub the target spot in a circular motion. Rinse and dry the area immediately unless you want another set of hard water stains to build up on the glass.
5. Baking Soda + Old Toothbrush. Mix baking soda with small amount of water to make a paste. Brush the stain with the baking soda-water mixture. Rinse with warm water and let it dry. Cleanse the area as careful as possible to prevent leaving scratches on the glass.
6. Fabric Softener Sheets. A fabric softener sheet is something you can purchase on any supermarket or grocery stores. Wet a sheet then scrub the blemishes until all are gone. Clean any residue off with a damp cloth.
7. Shampoo + Old Toothbrush. Consider brushing the stain with the cheapest shampoo available in your place and have your glass sparkle again! Number 5 steps and caution apply here too!
8. Citrus-based Essential Oils + Sponge. Aside from health benefits, citrus-based essential oils are becoming popular today due to its efficient cleaning abilities. Place several drops of oil on a wet sponge and lightly scrub it to the glass. Afterwards, rinse the area with warm water before letting let it dry. Additional benefit: the oil may deter future spot build-ups for a longer term compared to the abovementioned ways. The oil can repel water from drying onto the glass thus preventing stains from forming again. Despite the price of the essential oils, it’s still a win-win situation!
9. Baking Soda + Vinegar Paste. In an open container, combine baking soda and white vinegar to form a paste. Apply the paste to the glass, scrub lightly using a towel or a sponge. After that, rinse the glass with water and dry using a clean cloth.
10. Vinegar + Cornstarch + Water Spray: Mix well 1/8 cup of cornstarch to 1 glass of vinegar and one gallon of water. Fill the spray bottle with the mixture and generously apply it to the stained glass while occasionally wiping the area with a damp cloth. Rinse and dry.
For a meticulous human being, there is probably nothing more annoying than seeing hard water stains building up on our favorite mirror, car’s windows or even on the glasses, we drink on. As long as there is abundant supply water in this world, expect the stain to be inevitably present every time, everywhere.
If possible, you should clean away hard water stains regularly. Know that the longer a spot sit on the glass, the harder it is to remove. There are instances that the stain becomes permanently attached to the glass if neglected for a long time.
So, the next time you brush your teeth in front of a mirror and suddenly observe a hard water stain sitting on the surface, you already know what to do!