How to Remove Hard Water Stains from Glass

My favorite hard water glass cleaners. Easily remove hard water from glass with these little known cleaning hacks.

Removing Hard Water Stains from Glass


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Hard water stains on glass can be difficult to remove. Glass can be a mirror in the bathroom, shower doors, windows, or glasses that you drink from. Hard water can come from the shower or faucet in the bathroom, the faucet in the kitchen, or the dishwasher.


There are a number of things you can use to try and remove the hard water stains. Some work well, some take a lot of elbow grease, and some are easy and work well. Here are a few suggestions you can use.


Vinegar and Baking Soda


Vinegar and baking soda is a natural cleaner that works well. It’s an inexpensive way to remove hard water stains from glass items. To use this type of cleaner, you’ll need a sponge and the cleaner. A little elbow grease will help make this work.


Related article: How to remove hard water stains from shower doors

Laundry Stain Remover


Laundry stain remover is another option you’ll have for cleaning glass. This type of stain remover is designed to remove all types of stains from clothing. It’s probably something you already have in your home and is fairly inexpensive.


Eyeglass Cleaner


Eyeglass cleaner may also work. You’ll need to spray this on a wash cloth and wipe it off. Depending on the amount of glass you have, it may take quite a bit of cleaner to get this job done.





Lemons clean a lot of things and work very well. All you’ll need is a wash cloth to make this work.


Distilled Water and Vinegar


Removing hard water stains can be tricky. Using a mixture of half distilled water and have vinegar with a wash cloth will work. Put this mixture in a spray bottle and spray it directly on the glass.


Oven Cleaner


Oven cleaner works well on hard water stains. This type of cleaner is designed to clean baked on food that may have been in the oven for days or weeks. Hard water stains on glass can be difficult to clean so this is why oven cleaner works well for this problem.


Other Cleaners

There are several other cleaners and natural mixtures that can be used to clean the glass. Search online or go to the grocery store and ask an employee if they can offer you suggestions.


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2 Comments on "How to Remove Hard Water Stains from Glass"

  1. Trying to remove white stains from Distilled water leaked on garage floor from overflow of cart batteries cell top off.


  2. Ok, here is the way to keep those drinking glasses and even laundry sparkling. Citric acid. The product you use for making jam and jelly. You can get a large package from Amazon. I just put it in the second soap dispenser in your dishwasher. Whala! Glasses are incredible and look brand new. California has the worst water ever, but using citric acid kept the dishes beautiful. I still used dishwashing soap, but added this in the second dispenser or just threw it in the bottom of the tub. I would guess a couple tablespoons, I have a small scoop I use. I put the citric acid in a large mason jar with a lid. Filled it up with the scoop and put it under the sink with the dishwashing soap.


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