White Build-Up Around Faucets

Updated on November 02, 2008
T.M. asks from Saint Louis, MO
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I have some white build-up around my kitchen faucet, on my stainless steel sink, the holes of my kitchen sprayer, and on my bathroom shower head. I'm not sure if this is from hard water or what, but the regular kitchen and bathroom cleaners, as well as Soft Scrub and some other products, haven't worked on getting rid of it. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

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I don't know what is in CLR, but it might as well be magic! Just a little bit, combined with some elbow grease, and my faucets are beautiful again! As my husband put it, you can actually tell they're chrome. My next stop will be the shower head and I am looking forward to more amazing results. Thanks for the tip!

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answers from Springfield on

I soak everything, including my refrigerator water dispenser's drip tray in vinegar...white stuff comes right off!

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answers from Kansas City on

Sounds like calcium and other mineral deposits from hard water. The other suggestions that you have gotten should do the trick.

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answers from Columbia on

I've had a lot of success with Lime-Away. We have very hard water in our house and I use Lime-Away for all of my sinks and showers. You just spray it on (it'll bubble a little bit on the white stuff), then let it soak for a while. The length of time it will take will vary depending on how much build up there is. Then scrub it away.

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answers from Kansas City on

It's a build up of soap scum and water deposits.
You will need to soak it. CLR works great and even vinegar and baking soda solution.

I have a hand help shower that the holes will get blocked from buildup. I soak it in a bucket of hot water, vinegar and baking soda for an hour.

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answers from St. Louis on

It definately sounds like calcium build up. I highly reccomend CLR. If you can take off the aerator on the fauctes and soak them that should work well for those. For the sink I would just clean it really well with the CLR. We had that problem and used the CLR and it cleared it up!

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