Keep Faucets Clean With These 5 Tips

If there's hard water in your area, it can be difficult to keep your faucets clean and your drains working properly due to calcium and lime deposits.
Keep Faucets Clean With These 5 Tips

Last update: 02 April, 2019

As much as you try to keep your house clean, sometimes your running water can play tricks on you. This is especially true if you live in an area that has hard water. Lime deposits can take away shine and it may be hard to keep your faucets clean.

Additionally, these conditions may cause white and yellow spots that are very difficult to take off.

Below is some advice for easily and effectively keeping the faucets clean in your home. Also, we’re going to use natural ingredients. This way, you won’t have to run to commercial products. Many times, those products don’t give the results they promise.

How to Get your Faucets Clean and Shiny Like New

Hard water is water that has a high level of minerals. In particular, it has magnesium and calcium salts.

If you live in a region where this kind of water is common, you’ve surely had to fight with lime buildup. This forms on specific surfaces in your house that are in contact with hard water.

In severe cases, the buildup may have partially blocked water from coming out of your faucets.

The spots caused by lime appear to be difficult to get rid of. However, with a good lime remover, anything is possible.

The good news is that the best products for getting rid of these spots are things you likely already have at home.

It will take a little patience and effort on your part. however, you’ll definitely see the best results when cleaning your faucets.

5 Tips to Keep Your Faucets Clean

1. White vinegar or lemon: A great help for cleaning your faucets

Faucets clean brush scrub spray bottle

A formula that’s very effective for getting rid of lime buildup on your faucets is to use a mixture of white vinegar with water. If you don’t have vinegar, you can use lemon juice.


  • 1/2 cup of vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup of water

What do you need to do?

  • First, soak a paper towel or a clean rag with this liquid. Wrap the faucet with it.
  • Then, cover the faucet with a plastic bag.
  • Let the mixture work for at least an hour.
  • Take off the wrapping.
  • With a brush, scrub the faucet well.
  • Rinse with a lot of water and dry it.

This method also gives good results for removing lime stuck on coffee makers and kettles. They’ll look like new!

2. Ethyl alcohol for keeping your faucets clean and shiny

Scrubbing faucet with microfiber towel cleaning sink

Ethanol, also called ethyl alcohol, is an antiseptic. Generally, most people have it on hand in their homes.

This is also a great option for cleaning your faucets.

What do you need to do?

You only need to soak a towel with this liquid and rub. You’ll see the lime disappear and your faucets will get back their original shine.

3. Flour: a food that also removes spots from your faucet

Flour is a food that you surely have in your pantry. Did you know it can also help you make your faucets look clean and shiny?

What do you need to do?

  • For this trick to work, your faucet needs to be completely dry.
  • Then, sprinkle flour on the faucet.
  • Take a cloth and rub your faucet until it shines and the lime spots disappear.

4. Toothpaste can also get your faucets clean

Keep your sinks and faucets clean with these natural cleaning ingredients

Besides guaranteeing that you’ll have healthy and beautiful teeth, toothpaste is great for cleaning your faucets.

However, don’t use this method for gold or bronze faucets, as this could damage them.

What do you need to do?

  • Apply the toothpaste all over the surface.
  • Rub well with a smooth towel.
  • Rinse.

5. Don’t forget to clean your sink’s filters

If you live in areas with hard water, it’s likely that you use filters on your faucets.

If so, remember that lime is also building up there. It’s also taking away from your water pressure. Thus, you also need to clean them.

How do you clean lime buildups in your filters?

  • Take out the filter.
  • Submerge it for a couple of hours in a mixture of equal parts of vinegar and hot water.
  • If any lime residue remains, get rid of it with a needle.
  • Wash the filter well and put it back in place.
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