I Cleaned My Shower Fixtures… with Lemons!

posted by Andrea | 03/28/2013

A couple weeks ago, I was cleaning my shower the same way I always do… and I decided I was fed-up with the hard water spots covering our chrome shower fixtures.

Yes, Dave and I are the the only people who see the water spots and I promise, I really do clean our shower! But I hated looking at those nasty water spots and KNEW there had to be a relatively simple way to get rid of them.

Doesn’t it just look horrible!

My homemade shower cleaner was not working on the hard water sport, so I decided to try a few other products I had in the house — none of them worked either.

So I turned to the Internet — only to find that lemons would supposedly do the trick.


Well, lemons just so happened to be on sale that week AND there was a $1 MPerks coupons at Meijer, so I figured that even if the lemons didn’t work, I would still get to enjoy the lovely smell of lemons in my bathroom for just a few pennies.

The next day, I purchased a bag of lemons and got to work “cleaning” my shower.

To my surprise, IT WORKED!

Really well!

After just a few minutes, my chrome fixtures were sparkly clean once again.

Here’s what I did…

Step 1: Cut a lemon in half

Step 2: Rub the cut side of the lemon over the faucet until you see the spots disappearing

Step 3: Rinse with water

Step 4: Dry with a soft cloth

Step 5: Enjoy your new-looking chrome fixtures with hardly any effort!


I’ve always loved lemons… but now I have just one more reason to keep a few lemons in our fridge.

Oh, and if you’re wondering what I did with the rest of the lemons — 3 words: Lemon Meringue Pie 🙂


Lemons are a frugal way to naturally clean and disinfect so many areas of your home — plus your whole house will smell lovely while you clean!

If you share my love of lemons, then you’ll definitely want to read the guest post I wrote for Life.YourWay.net — all about cleaning with lemons. Even I was surprised with the cleaning power of simple lemons — everything from clothing and copper to microwaves and food storage containers!

What a frugal, natural, and extremely simple way to clean 😉

Do you have any other secrets for cleaning with lemons?

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  1. Harriet


    Lemon and salt keeps copper shining brightly.


  2. Ann


    Lemon Oil in the furniture polish department works well, too!


  3. Desiree


    Thank you for sharing! I was very skeptical but I had lemons on hand so decided to try. You should have seen the look on my daughter’s face when I cut the lemon and started scrubbing the faucet in the bathroom. We have brushed stainless steal ones and they have NEVER looked so good. Not only are they clean but they have a beautiful glow about them. Thanks!


  4. Melissa


    I just gave lemon juice a try to polish up a very badly tarnished brass 30+ year old Christmas ornament I had been meaning to get to for months now. I poured some lemon juice on a cotton ball and went to work scrubbing. Much to my amazement it worked beautifully. The ornament looks fantastic. It took a little elbow grease, but not too much and only about 5 minutes or so of work. Thanks for another amazing tip Andrea!!!


  5. Melissa


    I hate to be an advertisement. I use doterra essential oils. They can only be purchased through a consultant. But a 10 dollar bottle of lemon oil can be used for well over a month. I also have gone crazy using the lime oil with vinegar to clean. Shine up anything stainless steel. Doterra citrus oils have to be used carefully with plastic though, breaks down petro chemicals!


  6. Jenny


    I use lemon to clean my hands after cooking with fish. On the cleaning of the hard water stain, you can also use white still vinegar if you are in a pinch. Can’t wait to see your new blog…


  7. Christine


    I have some spots on my stainless steel dishwasher front from hard water, I believe. Do you think lemons would work on that?


    Andrea Reply:

    I’m not sure, but I’c certainly give it a try.


  8. Karen D.


    We have a lemon tree in our yard. What a great use for them – we have SO many!!


  9. Malinda


    I’m going to have to try this one.
    On a side note… what are your wall colors?
    I love them. Thanks. 🙂


  10. Debi


    Lucky me, I have a lemon tree in my backyard! Thanks for the wonderful tip that should have been obvious to me. LOL


  11. Tanya


    I have very hard water as well. I wipe my shower down after every shower I take with a microfiber cloth. Keep the spots away and never have to scrub a grimy shower.


  12. Jane


    I don’t go out of my way to use lemons, but if I have any citrus remains (which, in a household of 6, seems like I am always finding in my sink) then before sending them through the disposal, I use them on greasy dishes, pans, casseroles. It cuts through the grease and saves my rags a bit.


  13. Maria


    Thanks so much, Andrea for the awesome tip! I’ve been endlessly searching for a natural way of cleaning hard water spots in the shower without using cleaners with harsh chemicals and and awful smell. Again, thanks for sharing all your awesome tips. I love your blog.