Green Stains in Tub and Around Fixtures

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Green stains in your tub and around the fixtures are usually the result of corroded copper fittings. While difficult to remove it can be done. This is a page about green stains in tub and around fixtures.


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December 16, 2009

I have a turquoise green calcium stain in my bathtub from a dripping faucet that dripped for a long time before I moved in. The landlord replaced the washer to stop the drip, but told me the stain cannot be removed. Any ideas on how to remove or make it look any better?

By gayle from Rochester, NY


December 19, 20091 found this helpful
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Heat vinegar in the microwave and pour it on. It will surprise you with the results.

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December 20, 20090 found this helpful
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If vinegar doesn't do the trick, try CLR.

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September 9, 20161 found this helpful
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We tried them all. Finally saw the peroxide notice. It worked. I've tried 10 other things. So excited!

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June 12, 2011

Three years ago a stain appeared in my shower. It's a blue-green stain coming from the shower handle to the drain, a streak. Does anyone know how to fix it?


By Casey D. from Trenton, ME


June 12, 20110 found this helpful

Sounds like the mineral Lime in your water supply, some scrubbing with a toothbrush & Baking Soda should remove it, you can also buy "CLR" [Calcium, Lime, Rust] to apply.

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June 13, 20110 found this helpful

Nope, sounds like copper in your pipes. Copper turns blue green when aging, a LOT of pipes are copper. Try something that take copper stains out but you'd also might want to check with a plumber as to why it's leaking!

A plumbers wife

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June 13, 20111 found this helpful

The bluegreen color is not lime (that is white); it is likely copper, but the copper may have stained the lime deposit. I suspect that you can remove this with vinegar or CLR. I have some stains like this from a dripping tap. You may have a bit of a drip from your shower. I have never had a copper stain without having a lime deposit as well.


I wouldn't bother trying the baking soda. Baking soda will not dissolve a lime deposit as an acid like vinegar will. Little or no scrubbing should be required, just spray on vinegar, or soak a paper towel in vinegar, and lay it on the stain for 10 to 15 minutes. It should dissolve right off.

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June 16, 20110 found this helpful

If the above suggestions don't work, I have discovered Lime Away toilet bowl cleaner gel is my miracle for all things in a shower or sink. Use with caution. Sometimes it discolors metal and then other times it does not. And of course it works great in the toilet!

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September 23, 20170 found this helpful

Not sure what kind of stain it is, but Lime A-Way will get it out very easily.

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September 23, 20170 found this helpful

My shower was seriously stained with copper s thick coating on every wall and I found scrubbing with salt was the best

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October 4, 20170 found this helpful

Whink removes this stain.

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January 9, 20180 found this helpful

The best is to use 30% citric acid 30% citric salt, both found at bulk food store, to 1 liter of water. spray on and leave for a few minutes then wipe off. This picks up the oxidized copper.

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July 27, 20180 found this helpful

Magic Eraser gets rid of it instantly

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December 16, 2009

I am having a very hard time with keeping stains away in the bathroom. It's a green color that keeps reappearing as soon as it dries where I have cleaned. It's in the bath tub and around the handles on the sink. I have used cleaning things from Lysol with bleach, Mr. Clean, and pure white vinegar. None of it seems to be working.


My husband and I are living in his grandmother's house to help keep up with housework and make sure it doesn't collapse. She is in a nursing home. I noticed that she used Comet on everything, one day. I wonder if it is stains from the Comet she never wiped up good enough. I'm tired of killing my arm scrubbing this stuff everyday and it just keeps coming back. What could I possibly use to keep it away?

By christianchick2007 from GA


Green Stains in Tub and Around Fixtures

Try peroxide. It might help, good luck. (10/28/2009)

By kathleen williams

Green Stains in Tub and Around Fixtures

These stains are most likely copper, from the old copper pipes. I bet you have some kind of harsh pH in your water that's leaching the copper from the pipes (that are old). This would be like "rust" is to steel, but it's green copper "rust" instead of red rust.


I've heard that the citric acid in Tang and powered lemonade will clean rust stains, I bet it will work for copper stains as well. You just pre-wet the area sprinkle on the Tang, powdered lemonade or powdered citric acid on then leave it for 10 - 20 minutes then scrub a bit with the back of a scrubbie-sponge then rinse off.

To keep it off, you'd either need to get brand new pipes (if they're old) or possibly a water-softener. It's starts by getting the water checked out. It looks like you'll have to keep on scrubbing. Just look at the bright side, you're building up your arm muscles.

My favorite cleaner is Scrubbing Bubbles or the dollar store equivalent. You just spray it on, wait a few minutes, then wipe with the back of a scrubbie-sponge and rinse.



By Cyinda

Green Stains in Tub and Around Fixtures

If the green color re-appears when the cleaned area dries, it is not from fresh water, but old, embedded stuff. On valuable antiques it is worthwhile to draw it out with reverse electroplating, but in your case I would try to draw it out with cucumber slices. They also work on hard mineralization build-ups.

Have fun! DearWebby (10/28/2009)

By Helmut

Green Stains in Tub and Around Fixtures

They are lime stains and nothing to do with old chemical residues, but rather hard water and here are easy remedies so that you don't have to scrub until your arms are about to fall off anymore. (10/31/2009)

By Deeli

Green Stains in Tub and Around Fixtures

It sounds to me like it might be lime deposits. You could try something like CLR or another brand of remover. Good luck. (10/31/2009)

By kitkatk100

Green Stains in Tub and Around Fixtures

I know you do not own the home, but I thought you would like to know this. You possibly may have acidic water which is breaking down the copper in the pipes. Over time, the copper pipes will develop pin hole leaks in the pipes. You would need to get an acid neutralizer system to get rid of the problem. Or replace all the copper pipes with plastic.

You can test your water by using a Ph test kit used for fish tanks or sometimes businesses will test it for free. Call a local plumber or plumbing supply. Keep in mind, they are trying to make a sale. These systems initially are not cheap, but pay for themselves in the long run.

To clean the tub, try Soft Scrub with bleach, let it sit to penetrate a bit. Most likely the finish on the tub is worn off. Try completely wiping dry the tub and any other places you get the green coloring after getting it clean. Good luck. (11/02/2009)

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