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White Vinegar to Remove Calcium Deposits

I saw this tip in a video on the internet and had a chance to try it out on an old faucet that had years of calcium buildup on it.

To remove calcium deposits on a faucet, wrap a cloth or small towel, that is soaked with white vinegar, around the faucet and let it sit for several hours. It will remove most of the calcium deposit. Afterwards, scrub with steel wool or a scrubbing pad to remove any that remains.

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In this case, I wrapped the vinegar soaked towel around the faucet and poured more vinegar on the towel and let it sit over night. I was surprised at the results when I removed the towel.

I didn't have time to do any scrubbing with steel wool, but you can tell the difference just by looking at the photos that the white vinegar removed most of the calcium deposit.

I really didn't think it was going to work and I was so amazed at the results that I didn't think to take a picture of the towel on the faucet.

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June 29, 20161 found this helpful

If you don't have vinegar or don't like the smell of it, use the cut off ends of cucumbers. Works like magic!

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July 1, 20161 found this helpful

I tried the vinegar method for removing calcium deposit on our bathroom faucet. There was just a little buildup but I could not remove it just cleaning or brushing with a toothbrush.

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I soaked a dish towel with vinegar and wrapped it around the base of the faucet and left if for about 8 hours. It removed most of the deposit. I did just a little scraping using a sharp object to push on the towel to remove what was left. It came up easily. This tip really works.

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June 18, 20170 found this helpful

Great results. I'm glad you didn't have time to scrub the faucet with steel wool. You would have really marred the chrome finish. I bought a new faucet a few years back and found that polishing with baking soda (which is supposed to be safe for tooth enamel) dulled the chrome.

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