How to Remove Iron Stains From the Bath & Shower

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Things You'll Need

  • Empty spray bottle

  • Measuring cup

  • White vinegar

  • Lemon juice

  • Water

  • Damp, clean rag


Do not allow the cleaning mixture to sit too long on your tub and shower. The mixture is very acidic and, if left on the surface for a long time, could potentially damage the tile.

Attack rust stains in your bathroom with a homemade remedy.

Hard water can result in some unpleasant stains on your bath and shower fixtures, turning previously white tile and ceramic orange with rust. These stains are unsightly and can be a source of embarrassment if you happen to be entertaining guests. However, with a little elbow grease and a few things that you most likely already have in your kitchen, you can begin lifting those stains to reveal a clean, unblemished bath once again.


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Step 1

Remove the top of the empty spray bottle and set the top aside.

Step 2

Using the measuring cup, measure out 1/2 of a cup of white vinegar and pour it into the empty spray bottle.

Step 3

Measure out an additional 1/2 cup of lemon juice and add that to the white vinegar in the spray bottle.

Step 4

Measure out 1 cup of water and add it to the lemon and vinegar mixture in the spray bottle, and replace the top of the spray bottle, twisting the top closed securely.


Step 5

Shake the spray bottle gently to ensure that the contents are evenly mixed, to create the best cleaning solution.

Step 6

Spray the cleaning mixture on the rust-stained areas in your shower and bath and let the mixture sit on the stain for five minutes.

Step 7

Use the damp, clean rag to scrub away at the rust stains. The stains should come off fairly easily, due to the acid in the mixture.

Step 8

Rinse the area thoroughly with clean water, and repeat the process if needed.



Noel Stanchfield

Noel Stanchfield is a travel, health and beauty writer. She has been writing from firsthand experience since 2004, contributing to various online publications.