How To Remove Hard Water Stains From Pots And Pans

How To Remove Hard Water Stains From Pots And Pans

Hard water will probably stain your pans and pots at one point. This is caused by a high level of mineral content that can remain after you have washed your utensils and left them to dry.

As the water evaporates, the minerals are left behind, staining your pan or pot with cloudy white stains.  But the good news is that you can remove them by following simple steps.

Vinegar and water

White vinegar is a popular stain remover in the kitchen and comes in handy in cleaning hard water stained pots and pans. Start with equal amounts of water and vinegar and add them in the stained pot or pan.

The white vinegar doesn’t have a bad smell like the other versions. Heat the mixture on a stove and allow it to boil for some time. Remove and allow it to cool and wipe any spots that are still visible, and your pot or pan will be free of the stains. Wash it properly before putting it away.


Tang juice mixed with any dishwashing soap is the easiest and quickest way to get rid of stains caused by hard water. Tang has ascorbic acid, which eats the calcium deposits and works well with most dishwashers.

Sponge or soft cloth

If your pot or pan is made of stainless steel, there is no need to use abrasives, they scratch the metal, making it even more susceptible to different stains. Use a soft sponge or cloth to scrub off the deposits off gently.

The above methods work well with most hard water deposits and especially calcium. However, in some cases, the stains are stubborn and just won’t go away quickly.

To avoid reaching such a point, avoid the stains from occurring by taking care rinsing and wiping your pots and pans clean instead of leaving them to drip dry.

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