How Would MacGyver Clean Rust & Hard Water Stains?

MacGyver LifehacksAs of 2014, MacGyver has now been off the air for more than twenty years.

And if MacGyver is like anyone else who has been retired for more than twenty years, this secret agent who could turn objects as simple as paper clips into weapons of destruction, defense or escape is now turning his attention to far more pressing matters at home.  Such as, just how do I get those rust stains out of my white dress shirts?  Or even, how can I quickly clean those hard water stains out of my refrigerator water dispenser?

For the benefit of all those that trusted in MacGyver to provide life hacks weekly – before life hacks were even a thing – here are five ways we envision MacGyver using his skills to ensure his home is free of both rust and hard water stains:

1. Trust In Lemon To Save Your Dress Shirts – To some, a squirt of lemon is simply a way to add flavor a piece of fish or glass of clean drinking water.  But for those that deal with the occasional rust stains on white dress shirts, usually as a result of poorly filtered washing machines, lemon can be the secret ingredient to saving your injured clothing.

From a few sprinkles of lemon juice combined with a few minutes of steam, to lemon juice and salt rubbed into deeper stains, lemon is the savior ensuring you will never see an elderly MacGyver strolling through town in a rust stained dress shirt.

Clean Hard Water Stains on Refrigerator Water Dispenser With Vinegar2. Battle Hard Water Stains & Crust With Vinegar
Hard water stains can add an unpleasant crust to everything from your silverware to your refrigerator dispenser, pictured to the left.  Also as shown to the left, in an image that could be pulled from an elderly MacGyver’s scrapbook (but in this case, is pulled from Thrifty and Chic) vinegar is a far more effective hard water solution than store bought Windex.

3. Introduce Your Shower to Epsom Salts – glass shower doors give your bathroom a sleek and modern look.  And attract hard water stains like no other.  To clean hard water stains in his shower, MacGyver would just mix up a solution made up primarily of Epsom salts that he knows by heart.  As we are guessing you are not MacGyver, we’d direct you to the same recipe he trusts, over here at PopSugar.

4. Partner With Baking Soda To Save Stainless Steel From Rust Stains – stainless steel appliances are particularly vulnerable to rust stains, requiring more protection from you.  Fortunately, with just a simple solution of baking soda and water, scrubbed into a stain with a toothbrush, and rinsed away with a paper towel, you can protect your stainless steel appliances for years to come in a way that would make MacGyver proud.

Cerama Bryte 212 Ceramic Cooktop Cleaner 26-piece Kit5. Invest in Cerama Bryte – If MacGyver is like many retired men, we may rightly assume that he prefers to spend more time on his hobbies and interests than on anything that reminds him of his former job.  So rather than mix up a cleaning solution from random items around the house, maybe he invests in either a stainless steel cleaning kit or ceramic cooktop cleaner kit from Cerama Bryte, found here and here respectively.  Proudly offered on our site, Cerama Bryte products help you quickly clean and maintain your appliances using a phosphate free formula.  Sometimes, even MacGyver prefers the easiest possible solution.

Are you a household MacGyver with tips for cleaning rust spots or hard water stains that you’d like to share?  We encourage you to offer your solutions via a comment below.

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