Nothing yucks up a nice chrome faucet like those ugly calcium deposits. Check your faucets and even your shower head, and chances are you’ll find some buildup. You can try to chip it off with your fingernail, but that’s not the easiest, fastest, or most pleasant method. A lot of people swear by vinegar, but that doesn’t work every time for many others. If you want to remove those deposits but don’t want to chip away at it, here’s how to get rid of it with less trouble.
You’ll need some water (easy right?), a plastic bag, rubber band, a sponge, a pair of gloves, and some CLR cleaner (it stands for calcium, lime, and rust). An optional tool is a Magic Eraser.
2. Fill the Baggie
Pour some of your CLR into the baggie (wear gloves), and add the same amount of water for a 1 to 1 ratio. You can just eyeball it. Then, use the rubber band to fasten the baggie over the spout. Now, just walk away. Let it sit for a few hours to work. NOTE: check the label and know your faucet material to be sure the cleaner won’t cause damage. You might even want to test it on an inconspicuous place before trying this technique.
3. Wipe ‘er Down
Once the CLR has had a chance to work for a few hours, carefully remove the baggie (wear your gloves). You’ll likely still see buildup. However, now is when you want to grab your Magic Eraser or another sponge or rag. At this point, the gunk should wipe off the faucet without a huge effort. Ta-da!