Mum Carolina McCauley shares how to remove hard water stains from bathroom taps without scrubbing


Cleaning guru shares her trick for getting rid of stubborn hard water stains around the bathroom taps: ‘It works every time’

  • Mum Carolina McCauley revealed how to get rid of hard water stains on taps
  • In an Instagram video, she said to soak micro fibre towels in white vinegar 
  • The Perth mum then wraps the soaked towels around the taps for 30 minutes
  • After half an hour the stubborn water stains should have disappeared 

A cleaning and organising guru has shared how she gets rid of pesky hard water stains that collect around the base of bathroom taps that involves no scrubbing. 

Carolina McCauley, from Perth, showed how she uses vinegar and a microfibre cloth to ‘say goodbye to stains’ in a video posted to her popular Instagram page. 

The ‘home hacks’ queen starts by filling a bowl with white vinegar and soaking microfibre towels. 

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Carolina McCauley (pictured) explained how she gets rid of stubborn hard water stains that accumulate around the base of bathroom taps

Carolina McCauley (pictured) explained how she gets rid of stubborn hard water stains that accumulate around the base of bathroom taps

Before: The Perth mum shared her handy cleaning hack to get rid of the common water stains in a video posted to her popular Instagram page

After: The cleaning and organisation queen's method only uses microfibre clothes and vinegar and doesn't involve any scrubbing

Before and after: The Perth mum showed how she uses vinegar and a microfibre cloth to ‘say goodbye to stains’ without scrubbing

She then wraps the towels around the taps that are stained and leaves them for 30 minutes. 

Once the time is up, Carolina removes the vinegar-soaked towels showing the marks have disappeared thanks to the acidic pantry staple. 

In just a few hours, the handy hack video has racked up more than 637,000 views and hundreds of comments from many of Carolina’s 2.2million followers. 

‘Vinegar is such an amazing cleaner,’ said one fan while another agreed: ‘Works every time’. 

The 'home hacks' guru starts by filling a bowl with white vinegar

She then dips the microfibre towels in the vinegar soaking them completely

The ‘home hacks’ guru starts by filling a bowl with white vinegar and soaking microfibre towels

‘I can vouch that this works but I left it for much longer than 30 minutes. Probably a good 5 hours,’ a third explained. 

‘Disclaimer: Vinegar can damage Chrome finishes. Always check your manufacturers cleaning and care section on their website for suggested cleaning advice,’ one mum warned. 

Others shared their ways to clean their taps and get rid of stubborn stains in the bathroom.  

‘I use citric acid powder. Works like magic. Taps look shiny as new and hard water stains removed,’ one viewer said. 

Carolina then wraps the towels around the taps that are stained and leaves them for 30 minutes

Once the time is up, Carolina removes the vinegar-soaked towels showing the stains have disappeared thanks to the acidic pantry staple

Carolina then wraps the soaked towels around the taps and leaves them for 30 minutes banishing the stains for good

‘Get a toothbrush you’re favourite cleaner, spray and brush it off,’ suggested a second.

Previously, the handy mum revealed how to prevent your washing machine from accumulating mould and achieving a fresher wash by cleaning the detergent drawer. 

She said to clean the compartment every three months to stop black mould from growing.

Mould tends to grow in damp, warm areas with high condensation – such as the shower or bathtub, sinks, microwave, stove, blinds and windows. 

Previously, the handy mum revealed how to prevent your washing machine from accumulating mould and achieving a fresher wash by cleaning the detergent drawer

She first removed the drawer and sprayed inside the compartment with a homemade concoction consisting of equal parts vinegar and water with a few drops of lemon essential oil

Previously, the handy mum revealed how to prevent your washing machine from accumulating mould and achieving a fresher wash by cleaning the detergent drawer 

‘Did you know your washing machine tray is probably mouldy? Remove and clean it every three weeks to prevent this from happening,’ Carolina said in the short clip.

It’s commonly known to clean the rubber seal of the washing machine and leave the door open after use, but thousands were shocked by the suggestion with many admitting they’ve never thought to clean the drawer before.

To remove any lurking mould, Carolina first removed the drawer and sprayed inside the compartment with a homemade concoction consisting of equal parts vinegar and water with a few drops of lemon essential oil.

Carolina also used a toothbrush to clean tiny, hard-to-reach areas on the drawer and inside the washing machine

The compartment and tray were wiped down with a microfibre cloth before being reinserted back into place

Carolina also used a toothbrush to clean tiny, hard-to-reach areas on the drawer and inside the washing machine (left). The compartment and tray were wiped down with a microfibre cloth before being reinserted back into place 

While wearing gloves, she cleaned the drawer itself using detergent and a sponge then rinsed it under water.

Carolina also used a toothbrush to clean tiny, hard-to-reach areas on the drawer and inside the washing machine.

The compartment and tray were wiped down with a microfibre cloth before being reinserted back into place.

The chore likely would’ve taken 10 minutes to complete.

How to remove mould from washing machine drawer:

1. While wearing gloves, remove the drawer from the washing machine 

2. Spray the compartment with equal parts vinegar and water with a few drops of lemon essential oil

3. Clean the detergent drawer with soap and a sponge. Use a toothbrush for hard-to-reach areas 

4. Use the same cleaning toothbrush to clean inside the compartment 

5. Once clean, wipe down with a microfibre cloth and insert the drawer back inside

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