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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 25, 2020

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

1. Exercise

It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

2. Drink in Moderation

I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

4. Watch Less Television

A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

5. Eat Less Red Meat

Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

6. Don’t Smoke

This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

7. Socialize

Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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9. Be Optimistic

Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

10. Own a Pet

Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

11. Drink Coffee

Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

12. Eat Less

Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

13. Meditate

Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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How to meditate? Here’re 8 Meditation Techniques for Complete Beginners

14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

15. Laugh Often

Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

17. Cook Your Own Food

When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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18. Eat Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

19. Floss

Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

21. Have Sex

Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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Featured photo credit: Sweethearts/Patrick via flickr.com

Reference

[1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
[2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
[3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
[4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
[5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
[6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
[7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
[8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
[9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
[10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
[11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
[12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
[15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
[16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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