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Old 09-25-2022, 07:22 AM   #1
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Calcium Residue

Will bleach or vinegar dissolve or break up calcium residue that forms on or around hose/water connections? As well as the little aerator in the sink nozzle?

Or, what is a better solution?

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Old 09-25-2022, 07:28 AM   #2
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CLR or lime away is faster than vinegar. End of season might get canning vinegar on clearance it's a little stronger.
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Use CLR.
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For the aerators, pour CLR in a cup and let them soak for about two hours. Put the whole faucet head in if you can.
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Old 09-25-2022, 11:43 PM   #5
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CLR, Lime-A-Way, and Lemi Shine all seem about the same to me but Lemi Shine has been recommended to us by multiple people.

Lemi Shine is suppose to be a bit more aggressive than CLR but less caustic than muriatic acid.

I believe it's a bit more expensive and harder to find than the other two but here it is in a three-pack through Amazon:

Lemi Shine Lime Calcium & Rust Remover, Easily Cleans Away Tough Rust and Stains
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Old 09-28-2022, 05:33 AM   #6
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Vinegar works fine. I have lemishine , zep, clr all sitting here and wouldn't bother with it for cleaning faucets and aerators. Outside I would use zep.
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Vinegar is our go-to for calcium. We are on a well in our S&B and the water is HARD. If in a hurry, I also use toilet bowl cleaner, hydrochloric acid based, but you gotta be careful with it as it stains stainless steel and not recommended to get it on enameled surfaces. Like I said, it is faster than vinegar by a long shot.
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We use vinegar as well. Tried CLR and it didn't work as well as the vinegar did. Just let it soak as long as possible, up to 24 hours, then scrub. Really, really built up crud took putty knife, razor blade, green scrubby.

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I use vinegar for a lot of things. In fact, I buy white vinegar by the gallon and use it in spray bottles for a variety of cleaning and disinfecting.

However, I find that if calcium and mineral deposit build up is bad, it really takes a long time for vinegar to work. You can try the vinegar plus baking soda mixture first to see if it will do what you want it to do but you may have to let it soak for quite some time and then do some scrubbing. Another method is to soak a small towel in vinegar and wrap it around the connections in question and let it sit at least overnight.

I still have the Lemi Shine around if I want it to work a bit quicker.
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Oddly enough I just soaked the kitchen sprayer head and faucet aerator in white vinegar yesterday afternoon. Took about 2 hr soak to clean them.

White vinegar is neutralized acetic acid,and thus will not harm anything.
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