Drains, Oh What A Pain…. Part 2
Spring cleaning, I have been getting a lot done on my list. A couple of weeks ago I posted some ideas for spring cleaning secrets. I soaked the shower heads to remove the mineral build up. My oven is nice and clean, and my iron is so amazingly clean.
Starting with the facets, this is especially useful if you have a well like I do.
Faucet Screens: Faucet screens can collect mineral build up like the shower heads mentioned a couple weeks ago. They also need to be cleaned because they will restraint the water flow. You can also replace them, but I don’t I just clean them.
The faucet screen is located inside the aerator. The aerator is the place where the water flows out. Place a rag or something over the drain, to prevent any of the hardware from going down there. Sometimes the aerator can be unscrewed by your hand if not, wrap a couple pieces of tape around it so you won’t scratch it and use a pair of pliers. You will notice other pieces of hardware in it as well. Remember the order and disassemble. Separate the screen, washer and sealing gasket from the aerator and place them in a container mixed with one cup of vinegar and one cup of warm water. Let them soak for a couple of hours.
* You will not have to turn off the water supply for this.
- Pour about 3/4 to one cup of dry baking soda down your drain.
- Slowly pour 1/2 cup of vinegar down the drain after the baking soda. It will start to bubble up. Be sure to cover the drain immediately afterwards with a rag.
- Leave the mixture to sit in the drain for about 30 minutes. When the time is almost up. Boil some water.
After the 30 minutes, remove the rag and pour the boiling water down the drain. Pull any hair out if you see any.
- Mix a vinegar and water solution in a spray bottle. Use 1 part vinegar to one part warm water. You can also put a couple teaspoons of lemon juice in the mixture.
- Spray the solution onto the glass. Don’t soak completely or the liquid can get under the glass.
- Wipe the glass with cheap paper towels or newspaper for a streak free surface. If the surface is badly smoked, I use a Mr. Clean eraser sponge ( heavy Duty).
- Wipe and repeat as needed.
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