My husband and I just purchased a home with a well and septic. After coming from a home with city water and a sewer system, I had to adjust my cleaning processes slightly to accommodate for the new water system. Here are the cleaning recipes I’ve found do the trick for the tough messes.
The all-natural tub cleaner – baking soda and vinegar
Our bath tubs had several yellow water stains from the hard water. I tried several store-bought products and found that the best solution was good old fashion baking soda and vinegar. Sprinkle the hard water stain with baking soda and spray with a spray bottle filled with warmed vinegar. Let soak for 15-20 minutes and scrub with a textured cleaning pad. Helpful tip: moisten the pad with hot water and dip in a bowl of baking soda for a little extra scrubbing power.
Toilet cleaning the safe way – CLR
Believe it or not, CLR, which stands for Calcium, Lime and Rust, is safe for a septic system. Our toilet bowls were yellowed from the hard water so we poured about a half cup of CLR into each toilet bowl and let sit for a half hour before cleaning. Helpful Tip: make sure the top of the water/CLR solution line is higher than the top of the water stain line. If it’s not, you will need to add a little extra water to make sure you don’t have a thin line of yellow left at the top.
Remove hard water from faucet – vinegar bath
As I always am a fan of all-natural cleaning, this solution was a no brainer for me. When I found that our water faucets, both sink and tub, had hard water build-up, I filled plastic bags with vinegar and tied them to the base of the faucet with a rubber band. I let them sit overnight and scrubbed with a tooth brush to remove any leftover residue.
Kitchen sink remedy – Bar Keeper’s Friend
I used this product before I had hard water problems as it’s great for removing build-up, mildew and even scratches from pots and pans on a ceramic kitchen sink. While I’ve used both the liquid (gel) and powder versions, I found that the powder version is better at removing tough marks like those left from cast iron pots and pans. Moisten your kitchen sink with a little water and sprinkle the powder all over your sink, covering the sides, base and any overhang onto your countertops. Let sit for five minutes and then scrub with a textured pad. Helpful tip: the product usually leaves a slight white residue, so I like to shine up the sink and faucet with Windex after I am done cleaning.