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Tuesday, 8 January 2013

How to Clean Orange Water Stains

Does your bathtub ever look like this? We're on well water here and we get some orange water stain build-up from the iron in the water on our sinks and bathtub from time to time. There are all kinds of crazy chemical cleaners out there to take care of this problem, but I'm pretty paranoid about that stuff.

My method is so crazy simple. I'm sharing it because I only figured it out after about a year of trying all different kinds of household cleaners and soaking and microfibre cloths and stuff with nothing really making any difference. I was pretty convinced that it was a permanent stain that would not come out.


These little green scrubbies from the dollar store!! I buy a pack of about 8 for $1 and cut them in half. Each one lasts me for a few months.

All it takes is a little bit of water, some scrub scrub scrubbing, and....

Really. It's that easy.

I should note that if you have something funky going on with your water, it's a good idea to get it tested. Ours has been tested and it's just good ol' fashioned well water. Completely safe, but even with a big filter system in the basement, still a little bit orange.

Not a big deal at all, anymore!

Try it. You'll be amazed.

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Kathryn said...

I'll definitely have to try those! We have HORRENDOUSLY iron-y well water at our place-- I have to wash all our whites with Iron-Out just to keep them from turning orange! :( And of course the bathtub has always been pretty hopeless... but hopefully this will change that! :)

maggiegracecreates said...

Please use caution with this --- those scrubbies are very abrasive and over time can damage the finish of the tub (especially the one piece fiber glass ones). this creates a vicious cycle -- tub looks bad - scrub harder - more damage leads to more porous condition.

one way to make this stain easier to deal with in a non abrasive manner --- plain old car wax. clean the tub well --- add the wax and buff off the haze. the wax keeps the stains from sticking as well to the surface. (do not wax the standing area of the tub - safety is foremost) but waxing the walls and sides is a great way to help this - about every three months in my house.

another trick is to use the "rain-x" windshield stuff on your mirrors - they don't fog up.

have a wonderful day

betinahluna said...

Great tip! I loveth!

Rita said...

Thanks for this great tip. Can't wait to try it on my sink!

Angela said...

I feel your pain girl! We have iron water too and a water softner. When we bought our farm house we didn't realize the water was that bad. I washed my husband's dress shirts and ruined every single one of them! It even turned my hair red! lol We built a new house and got the right type of softner for it but it still gets some red stains from time to time when the salt is low in the big barrel thing.

I had read a blog about a week ago that used the rain x on her shower door and she said it keeps it clean from soap scum for a good month. I'm hoping to get my shower clean enough to give that a try! lol The toilet is a different story. I'm not touching those stains! lol

McKenzie Guymon said...

Amazing! Thanks for the tip!

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Debbie Borthwick said...

How simple...I need to invest in some of these! Thanks for the tip. :)

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Jill Frank said...

I can't use anything abrasive on my tub. I really like the idea of the car wax (from one of the comments)! Iron is a difficult stain to deal with - we have lots of it.