Can’t see out your window because of all the hard water spots? Here’s how to clean hard water stains from windows with vinegar.
WIth just a little bit of effort, you can have a clean glass surface in no time at all. This works on glass shower doors as well as windows and is a great way to clean the affected area fast. If you’re ready to clean windows (or even a glass door!), this is the easiest way to get rid of those stubborn stains.
We have a window in our shower. It should come as no surprise that it’s covered in those annoying white fleck marks of dried water spots that never seem to want to go away, at least not easily. It means I can’t see through the window to the big grass field behind our home much at all.
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If you have hard-water stains on your windows (or shower doors) I found that this is an effective way to get the glass beautifully clear again.
How to Remove Hard Water Stains from Windows
Materials Need to Clean Hard Water Stains from Windows
- Vinegar in a spray bottle (I prefer Four Monks cleaning vinegar)
- Scrub cleaning pad or textured sponge
- Dry microfiber cloth
- Rain-X (Optional)
Instructions on How to Clean Hard Water Stains from Glass
1. The first thing you want to do is liberally spray the entire window with vinegar. Get it dripping wet and soaking.
2. Let it sit for about 5 minutes. Turn on a fan or open the window to allow for ventilation if the smell of vinegar drives you crazy.
3. Spray window again to re-wet.
4. Use a gentle scrub pad (like this one) and scrub away the hard water spots. (I used a scouring pad the first time and scrubbed too hard and it left light scratches in my window. Use a softer washcloth or scrubbie that won’t scratch your window!)
5. Wipe it dry and clean with a microfiber cloth (or paper towel).
6. Respray and dry with either a glass cleaner or the vinegar to make sure it is really clean.
7. To prevent future hard water spots and buildup on your window and shower glass, you can apply Rain-X! Spray and wipe according to package instructions and be sure to buff it really well and use with ventilation. This can help keep your shower clean for up to 6 months.
And you’re done! You should be able to see out your window again! Be sure to clean the outside of the window too (if you can – I can’t as I don’t have a ladder!) and you’ll be marveling at the new view!
Top Tips for Cleaning the White Spots of Window Glass
Even though you’re not using harsh chemicals, wear rubber gloves! You don’t want to take the risk of skin irritation if you don’t have to. You can even wear safety goggles if you’re worried about it. Whatever it takes to get those glass windows clean.
For a great repellent product, Rain-X works great. It’s a good idea to use to prevent future stains and to keep regular cleaning to a minimum. Make sure to read the directions so it doesn’t pose a health hazard.
Even mild water spots can be stubborn so you may need to use a little bit of elbow grease to get rid of the soap scum. Scrub gently on the surface of the glass to have the best results. A highly stained area may take a little bit more time – or you may have to use an old toothbrush to scrub as well!
Make sure that you’re wiping the window clean with a soft towel after using the cleaning solution. This helps soak up any excess water and the soft cloth won’t scratch or harm the glass. You can even dry using a clean towel This might be the best way to get rid of excess.
Here’s a video I did for Hometalk showing how to clean the shower head (and a few other things in the bathroom)!
If for some reason that doesn’t work, you may like this 2-ingredient hard water stain removal hack interesting!
How do you like to remove hard water stains from windows?
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