Removing the shower head to clean it is by far the most effective method, and is relatively easy. However, it is important that you use caution and monitor the process closely if you have a shower head with a designer finish like oil rubbed bronze, brushed nickel, or antique copper. Chrome will stand up to straight table vinegar with no problems, but if you have any other finish we recommend taking a cotton swab and testing a small, inconspicuous area for up to 30 minutes before you use this method on your whole shower head.
We are noticing that our clothes, particularly black ones, come out of the wash looking a bit scummy. However, we have determined that it is not actually our detergent (used other washers). We’re wondering if we are getting mineral deposits on our clothes. Would simply cleaning the washer be effective, or should we also be adding something to our wash water besides our detergent?
I believe this is what is on my vinyl tile shower walls. I have tried everything under the sun without any luck. Gal at Home Depot told me to try CLR, but that did not help either. In fact, it looks worse. I have been to many tile stores and bought all their different cleaners. I am about ready to give up. These shower walls were like this when I bought the property 5 years ago and they have not got worse as I make sure to wipe them down after every shower.
As we're sure you're aware, many common household cleaners contain harsh chemicals that are toxic when in contact with your skin or eyes, and your lungs when sprayed into the air. Using such chemicals can cause allergic reactions for some, but there's good news! Many of these chemical cleaners can be replaced with common kitchen items, like vinegar. Vinegar is safe for you and your family, and when used properly can be a powerful tool in your cleaning arsenal. In addition, vinegar is very inexpensive when compared to household cleaners. You can find a gallon of vinegar at the grocery store for a fraction of the price of one small bottle of chemical cleaner.
Detach the shower head and, after consulting the manufacturer’s instructions for information specific to the model you own, extract the filter screen. (This can usually be found near the point where the shower head attaches to the water supply pipe.) Run the filter under the faucet while gently scrubbing it with a toothbrush. Once it’s clean, reassemble and reinstall the shower head and test it.

If your showerhead does acquire stubborn buildup between deep cleanings, you can soak it in place to loosen the gunk before scrubbing. Just combine equal parts white vinegar and hot water in a plastic bag then attach it to your showerhead with a rubber band. Let that sit in place an hour, or even overnight, and scrub it with a brush to get it clean again.
We are noticing that our clothes, particularly black ones, come out of the wash looking a bit scummy. However, we have determined that it is not actually our detergent (used other washers). We’re wondering if we are getting mineral deposits on our clothes. Would simply cleaning the washer be effective, or should we also be adding something to our wash water besides our detergent?
As we're sure you're aware, many common household cleaners contain harsh chemicals that are toxic when in contact with your skin or eyes, and your lungs when sprayed into the air. Using such chemicals can cause allergic reactions for some, but there's good news! Many of these chemical cleaners can be replaced with common kitchen items, like vinegar. Vinegar is safe for you and your family, and when used properly can be a powerful tool in your cleaning arsenal. In addition, vinegar is very inexpensive when compared to household cleaners. You can find a gallon of vinegar at the grocery store for a fraction of the price of one small bottle of chemical cleaner.
Step 1—scrubbing the shower head nozzles with a toothbrush—may not manage to remove all mineral deposits. That’s OK: You can clean off the remainder with household vinegar, whose mild acidity actually dissolves the deposits. To do this, fill a plastic bag with vinegar, then fit the bag over the shower head so that the nozzles are completely submerged. Secure the bag with a zip tie or binder clip, leaving it in place for several hours or overnight. Remember to run the shower for a minute before jumping in to bathe—you don’t want to end up smelling like salad dressing, do you?
Use your trusty plunger to clear the blockages in your drains and pipes. Yes, you can use this on your shower drain, just make sure to remove the cover first. If that doesn't work, move on to chemical drain cleaner, like Liquid-Plumr Power Gel ($18, amazon.com) and follow the manufacturer's directions accordingly. And if you're still out of luck, Forte says it's time to enlist the pros. "After that, call a professional plumber and tell them what you used. That way, there won't be any surprises."
Remove the shower head from the shower arm and place it in a bucket or other container deep enough so the head will be covered with the cleaning material. Use a rag to cover the nut connecting the shower head to the shower arm. With the rag in place use some locking pliers or a wrench to loosen the nut. For more information about removing your shower head, view how to remove/replace a shower head.

That happens when you need to add salt to your water softener. If you don’t have one, you probably need one. Everything will come beautifully clean when the softener has sufficient salt and has run through your system. You can add the vinegar as well to get them sparkling clean. The more you run the dishwasher without the softener/salt, the worse your dishes will get.


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Norma Vally, the former host of Discovery Home Channel’s series “Toolbelt Diva” and a show on Sirius Satellite Radio by the same name. The weekly column is designed to inspire women – weekend warriors, aspiring handywomen, and even seasoned DIYers – to take on home repairs and maintenance projects with confidence and gusto. Fix-It Friday is an exclusive Women You Should Know® editorial series authored by seasoned veteran of home improvement,

Over time, hard-water minerals in tap water build up and clog the spray holes in showerheads. Fix this problem by removing the showerhead and cleaning it. Buy a lime removing product to loosen the scale, or soak the head overnight in vinegar (either white or apple cider). Check the owner’s manual or manufacturer’s website to confirm that vinegar won’t harm the finish.


Norma Vally, the former host of Discovery Home Channel’s series “Toolbelt Diva” and a show on Sirius Satellite Radio by the same name. The weekly column is designed to inspire women – weekend warriors, aspiring handywomen, and even seasoned DIYers – to take on home repairs and maintenance projects with confidence and gusto. Fix-It Friday is an exclusive Women You Should Know® editorial series authored by seasoned veteran of home improvement, 
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