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Home Cheats: 10 Cleaning Hacks To Remove Limescale

Home Cheats: 10 Cleaning Hacks To Remove Limescale

If you live in an area where there is hard water, you likely know all too well how difficult it can be to get rid of limescale — that white, crusty film that you see around faucets, in tubs, in toilets, on appliances, etc. The reason for this film is that hard water leaves alkaline mineral deposits on everything. Over time, a scum will build up and you are left with ugly staining. If you don’t deal with it as soon as possible, limescale can cause chrome to peel off faucets and cause small appliances such as coffee makers to be inefficient. So, here are 10 cleaning hacks to help you remove limescale around your home.

1. Vinegar for Faucets

If there is limescale around your faucets, soak a paper towel in vinegar and wrap it around the faucet. Hold it in place with an elastic band and let the vinegar sit for at least an hour. Then, wipe clean with a soft, dry cloth.

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2. Homemade Paste for Faucets

Make a paste with one part water and three parts baking soda. Rub it all over the limescale on the faucet and let it sit for an hour. Then, wipe it clean with a soft cloth.

3. Vinegar for Coffee Makers

Fill your coffee maker with two cups of white vinegar and two cups of water. Run the coffee maker through a complete cycle. Rinse the carafe with warm water, fill with water, and run for another cycle.

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4. Vinegar for Your Tea Kettle

Fill the tea kettle with equal parts of water and vinegar. Bring the mixture to a boil, turn the burner off, and let the kettle sit for a few hours. Rinse with clear water.

5. Denture Tablets for Coffee Makers

You can also clean your coffee maker by filling the water reservoir with hot water and adding two denture tablets or antacid tablets. Let them fizz, run a complete cycle, rinse, and run another cycle with clear water.

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6. Combimate

This is a tool your plumber can install that will protect boilers, appliances, faucets, etc. from limescale. Combimate is completely safe to use and made from food-grade natural materials that put an end to limescale buildup.

7. Lemon Juice for Your Tub Taps

Pour pure lemon juice into a spray bottle. Spritz the affected area with a lot of the lemon juice and let it sit for at least half an hour. Re-spray every 15 minutes or so to keep it from drying out. Clean with clear water and a soft cloth. You can also use vinegar for this.

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8. Lemon Juice for the Side of Your Tub

If there is limescale on the side of the tub, you can soak a paper towel with lemon juice (vinegar will work just as well) and stick it to the side of the tub. Once the lime scale is dissolved, wipe with a soft cloth or eraser sponge. Rinse with clear water and repeat if necessary.

9. Vinegar for Your Toilet

Pour a lot of vinegar into the bowl and let it soak for at least 30 minutes (if the limescale is really bad, let it soak overnight). Put some vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz under the toilet rim as well. When the limescale has softened, use a toilet brush to scrub it off. Flush a few times to clean it all away.

10. Vinegar for Your Shower Head

Fill a glass bowl with white vinegar. Remove the shower head, place it in the bowl, and let it soak overnight. Rinse with clear water. If the shower head isn’t removable, simply fill a freezer bag half way with vinegar, stick the shower head in, and use an elastic band to hold the bag in place.

Featured photo credit: Sharon Hahn Darlin via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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