Orange stains in the bathtub or on the toilet are really unpleasant, especially when you strive to always have a clean and impeccable bathroom.
This type of stain is caused by three different factors: accumulation of iron and magnesium present in the water, mold or other bacteria. Chemicals are generally used to remove orange stains , however, although they are effective, they are toxic and harmful to our health.
If your home’s water contains high levels of iron or magnesium, they will eventually mix with soap scum, oxidize when they come into contact with air, and form the dreaded orange stains .
A different matter for pink mould, which is actually not a fungus but a bacterium present in water and which ends up settling on bathroom surfaces.
If you want to get rid of orange stains without using chemicals, you can apply one of the following tricks.
Lemon juice and water
A simple and safe alternative to bleach can be made by mixing lemon juice with warm water. Squeeze lemons into a spray bottle and apply to stains, making sure to cover all of them.
Leave the lemon juice to act for 10 minutes, then scrub well with a sponge or toothbrush and rinse thoroughly with warm water. Repeat if necessary.
Baking soda and white vinegar
When these two ingredients are mixed, they generate a chemical reaction which is also one of the most effective products for cleaning, disinfecting and degreasing surfaces.
Mix two parts white vinegar with one part water and pour into a spray bottle, then spray on orange stains.
Wait about 15 minutes, then sprinkle with baking soda and wait for the chemical reaction to finish. Leave on for at least an hour before scrubbing with a sponge and rinsing. If necessary, repeat more than once.
How to prevent orange spots
Remember to dry shower or tub surfaces immediately after use. Bacteria thrive in moist environments.
There are filters on the market that can block most of the iron and magnesium present in water. By installing it at home you can prevent annoying orange stains from forming