How To Clean Hard Water Stains

If you haven’t found Pinterest yet, we need to have a little talk.  From me to you, it’s time to get on that train.  Pinterest is like all your inspiration boards in one place, plus everyone else’s inspiration boards, and you can pin to your heart’s content.

It’s amazing.

kool-aid lemonade


I found this tip on Pinterest, tried it, and loved it.  You can use lemonade flavored Kool-Aid to remove lime stains {hard water stains} from your dishwasher.

What what?


You just pour one packet of Lemonade flavored Kool-Aid {not any other flavor, only Lemonade, seriously} into the detergent holder of your dishwasher.  Make sure you have an EMPTY dishwasher or you’ll have lemonade flavored everything for a while.

Run the dishwasher, and all the lime deposits & iron stains inside the dishwasher disappear.  Like magic.

It’s so amazing I don’t even know what to do with myself right now.

{Originally found on Real Simple.}


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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Marianne Firth :

    Then where is your button so I can follow your boards woman? Just kidding about the tone there, but seriously, I would love to see what you are pinning. Go to the help page and at the very bottom of the topics is the how-to for adding the Pinterest button to your blog. Just if your interested. Personally I love to see what my favorite bloggers are pinning.

    • Allison :

      I’m in there! I’m under petit_elefant. See if that works!

  2. Alicia W. :

    Okay, that is awesome! I might have to try that one sometime.

    • Allison :

      Alicia, try it! Utah water is a nightmare on dishes and this totally worked!

  3. vanessa :

    oh now now now, can that be true? going to do it tmrw.

    • Allison :

      Vanessa, I love it! I did it in my clothes washer too because I loved it so much.

  4. Amanda :

    i find this slightly funny. lemon gets lime stains away!

    • Allison :

      It’s a little ironic isn’t it?

  5. Katie Anderson :

    Would love an invite sounds like a great tool!

  6. Carolyn :

    I just discovered Pinterest! It is quite fascinating!

    For the hard water stains, do you think the Kool-aid would work on the stains that have appeared around the base of the faucet on my white bathroom sink? I’ve tried everything to remove the stains!

  7. Elizabeth :

    I spent entirely too much time this week zooming around Pinterest, jumping from page to page. I really like some of the inspirational quotes I’ve found on there, not too cheesy but it still makes you think :) If you’re still willing to invite, my email is

    Also, I have to say, I like the idea of 3 ring binder organization that you mentioned on a different post. I’ve used it for online-printed recipes that I’ve put in plastic sleeves. They can be removed during cooking, wiped off after being spilled upon, and then safely tucked back into its own section. I don’t have kids (yet, I imagine) but I’m assuming the theory’s the same :)

    And yes, Diet Dr. Pepper is a sign we were meant to enjoy life :)