foul faucet fix.

WARNING: This post contains unpleasant content that may result in the urge to inspect and clean all of the faucets in your house. Viewer discretion is advised.

This past weekend I was in one of those “get things done” kind of moods. I’m talking laundry, vacuuming, dusting, organizing, grocery shopping – the works. While on this little “get things done / clean ’til I drop” spree, I came across a grotesque discovery… a monstrous substance living on my kitchen faucet [insert Jaws theme song here]:

beforeSo are you grossed out or what? Hey, I warned ya!

Well, no wonder why the water pressure from the faucet was weak – it couldn’t get out thanks to all the grime and mineral deposits! Ugh. Luckily we have a water purifier and don’t drink from that faucet. (I can just hear the sigh of relief coming from those reading this who have drank a glass of water at our house.) The next step was to find a green cleaning solution to solve the issue. Enter ‘A Guide to Natural Housekeeping’ (the book I mentioned in this post.) The book talks a lot about vinegar – a very powerful (but natural) cleaning agent and its various uses, one of which was for my exact issue.

cleaning solutionAll you need to do is this: Using a rubber band, secure a small Ziploc bag full of vinegar to the faucet. Then simply wait 30 minutes up to a few hours, based on how bad the build-up is. (I waited approximately one hour). Lastly, take the  bag off and use an old toothbrush to remove any remaining build-up. The result?

afterA squeaky-clean faucet.

*A quick re-cap:
before and after

As you might have already guessed, I immediately inspected the rest of the sinks in the house (not as bad, thankfully) and gave them the same treatment. This method can also be used for shower heads. 

I hope that you found this post useful and that it might get you to explore other green cleaning solutions. I also hope that I didn’t ruin your lunch…


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