Keeper of The Home: Getting Rid of Hard Water Stains

This is another post for my Keeper of The Home section. I know that it can be downright frustrating when you live in a home where you can clean, scrub, and it just doesn’t seem to make a difference.

Well our bathroom is one of those areas that just never seems to be clean enough. Granted I have not had the time to do a major, top to bottom, cleaning in this room since we moved in but I have been doing the basics. It is getting cleaner every time I do my daily and weekly cleanings but it is still aggravating to walk in and see those orange brown stains everywhere. Yuck!

You will need:

  • Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Pumice Stone
  • Gloves
  • Scrub sponge
  • Elbow grease (you may need more than you think)

This is what we are starting with:


For the shower:

Make a thick paste with the baking soda and vinegar. (I started with about 1/4 c. baking soda and just added a few drops of vinegar at a time to make the paste.)

Then spread the paste on the stain.


Let it sit 10-15 minutes or longer and then use your scrub sponge to start cleaning it.

It actually came off rather easily where I had a good bit of paste spread on. Some of the other areas needed a bit more elbow grease but I managed to get most of it clean.


There was still a bit of orange in the bottom of the shower… I guess I didn’t notice it as much before because of the stain on the wall. I sprinkled this with a bit of Comet and let it sit while I went to work on the toilet.

(A bit of bleach would probably work as well but this bathroom is very small with no fan so I didn’t want to be around the fumes while I cleaned the toilet.)


After I finished the toilet I scrubbed some more…


It isn’t perfect but it is so much better than it was when I started. I keep this squeegee from Dollar Tree in the shower as our shower has a low side and tends to keep water in one side.

Now for the toilet:

You probably want to put your gloves on if you haven’t already done so. Flush the toilet and turn the water supply off so that the water level stays low.


Grab the pumice stone. (I had broken mine in half as I thought half would do but I ended up using the whole stick and need to get another one.)


You need to get the stone wet first and then rub it back and forth on the stain. (I used it first on some stains on the sink.)


Scrub a little at a time and make sure to get the stone wet to generate the paste.


This may or may not take a lot of elbow grease depending on how bad the stain is.


This is what was left of the stone when I finished. I will get another one when I go grocery shopping so I can finish this up.


The shower and the toilet may not be perfect but they are a lot better than they were to start with:

I made quite a bit of progress in here today and I am pleased with the way it turned out. I still have a lot of work to do but I will tackle it one day at a time.



Start Date: Jan 20 , 2014
End Date: Ongoing
Type: Evergreen
Categories: Clothing & Accessories,Electronics,Home & Garden,Sports & Outdoors,Tools & Hardware




Monthly Routines

This is a quick run down of our monthly routines or tasks that I try to complete once a month. I have divided them up by weeks so that it helps me keep them on track. I only have five tasks per week so I only need to concentrate on one each day.

1st week:

  1. Check/Pay bills
  2. Change calendars
  3. Clean/Sanitize the dishwasher
  4. Make appointments
  5. Yard work

Ok so number one is a must! If you don’t do that one you will be sitting in the dark.

Number two is a little more detailed for us as this not only involves me flipping the page on my desk calendar but changing out the school calendar. I have different themes for different months/seasons. All the cards are printed out and laminated. I keep them separated by months in a small index card holder. (I will try to do a post on this another time.)

I have included a link for the third task. It is important to make sure you take care of your appliances so they will last.

I sit down and see who needs appointments for physicals and such. I also check through my mail to see if I have gotten any appointment cards for anyone.

We try to take care of any big yard work like weed eating, trimming bushes, etc.

2nd week:

  1. Run vinegar and water through the coffee pot
  2. Clean burner pans on the stove
  3. Spot clean couches
  4. Spot clean the carpets
  5. Garden

I have included a link to this first one. It is important to clean out your coffee maker to keep the germies away!

I usually need to clean the burner pans on the stove at least once a month. This reduces the chance of something catching on fire.

The next two are pretty self explanatory. With kids messes are inevitable. I try to clean up messes when they happen but sometimes I don’t see them right away. I take a few minutes, once a month, to check the furniture and give it a quick cleaning.

I do the same with the carpets. I have the Shark Sonic Duo and I love it! It cleans really well and dries really quickly. This machine comes in really handy for big messes too.

When we have a garden I will use this week to give it a little extra attention and let the kids get some hands on learning at the same time.

3rd week:

  1. Change water filters, if needed
  2. Clean vacuum filters
  3. Clean AC filters
  4. Clean out fridge
  5. Clean out freezer

I use a water filter on the kitchen sink for drinking water and our fridge has a filter also. We try to keep a check on them and replace them as needed.

A lot of the vacuums have filters that can be washed. I try to wash mine once a month. I also give the vacuum a good cleaning and check the roller as well.

We have window AC units and they stay in all year round. The ACs run much better and are  more efficient when the filters are cleaned on a regular basis. So this not only saves me money but helps keep us more comfortable as well.

Once a month our fridge gets a deep clean. We take everything out shelf by shelf and wash it. Then we dry it and put it right back.

Same with our large freezer. I try to take everything out shelf by shelf. I use laundry baskets and coolers to hold the items. Things can get a little disorganized when others help put away groceries so I try to organize it by shelf. I separate the fruits and produce, the meats by types, breads, and try to keep the small items or items that need to be used in the door.

4th week:

  1. Wash your car
  2. Menu planning
  3. Wash shower curtain
  4. Clean out tubs/showers
  5. Chicken pen

Our cars get really dirty here. If it rains they get covered in mud. If it doesn’t rain they get covered in dust. When I am in town running errands I try to run my truck through the car wash once a month.

I also take a day to review my upcoming month’s menus and rearrange meals to fit our schedules and budget for the month. If I have multiple meals that pop up for a day I will choose one and delete the rest of them. I will also try to keep in mind what foods are more readily available for whatever season we are in.

Once a month I try to remember to throw the shower curtain in the wash with a load of whites. I hang it up as soon as it is washed so it can dry. When the curtain is down it makes it easier to clean out the tub in the back bathroom. I normally have DD17 take care of that and I take care of the big tub and separate shower in my bathroom.

The bathrooms just smell so much better when you keep everything washed up on a regular basis and don’t give them a chance to gather any kind of funk.

This last week is when we give our chicken pens a little extra attention too. We try to give everything a good cleaning with the water house and replace shavings and whatnot. This keeps the chickens and the geese fairly happy.

I hope this has helped you with some ideas for setting up your own monthly routines.