Category Archives: Hard Water Survival

How Would MacGyver Clean Rust & Hard Water Stains?

MacGyver LifehacksAs of 2014, MacGyver has now been off the air for more than twenty years.

And if MacGyver is like anyone else who has been retired for more than twenty years, this secret agent who could turn objects as simple as paper clips into weapons of destruction, defense or escape is now turning his attention to far more pressing matters at home.  Such as, just how do I get those rust stains out of my white dress shirts?  Or even, how can I quickly clean those hard water stains out of my refrigerator water dispenser?

For the benefit of all those that trusted in MacGyver to provide life hacks weekly – before life hacks were even a thing – here are five ways we envision MacGyver using his skills to ensure his home is free of both rust and hard water stains:

1. Trust In Lemon To Save Your Dress Shirts – To some, a squirt of lemon is simply a way to add flavor a piece of fish or glass of clean drinking water.  But for those that deal with the occasional rust stains on white dress shirts, usually as a result of poorly filtered washing machines, lemon can be the secret ingredient to saving your injured clothing.

From a few sprinkles of lemon juice combined with a few minutes of steam, to lemon juice and salt rubbed into deeper stains, lemon is the savior ensuring you will never see an elderly MacGyver strolling through town in a rust stained dress shirt.

Clean Hard Water Stains on Refrigerator Water Dispenser With Vinegar2. Battle Hard Water Stains & Crust With Vinegar
Hard water stains can add an unpleasant crust to everything from your silverware to your refrigerator dispenser, pictured to the left.  Also as shown to the left, in an image that could be pulled from an elderly MacGyver’s scrapbook (but in this case, is pulled from Thrifty and Chic) vinegar is a far more effective hard water solution than store bought Windex.

3. Introduce Your Shower to Epsom Salts – glass shower doors give your bathroom a sleek and modern look.  And attract hard water stains like no other.  To clean hard water stains in his shower, MacGyver would just mix up a solution made up primarily of Epsom salts that he knows by heart.  As we are guessing you are not MacGyver, we’d direct you to the same recipe he trusts, over here at PopSugar.

4. Partner With Baking Soda To Save Stainless Steel From Rust Stains – stainless steel appliances are particularly vulnerable to rust stains, requiring more protection from you.  Fortunately, with just a simple solution of baking soda and water, scrubbed into a stain with a toothbrush, and rinsed away with a paper towel, you can protect your stainless steel appliances for years to come in a way that would make MacGyver proud.

Cerama Bryte 212 Ceramic Cooktop Cleaner 26-piece Kit5. Invest in Cerama Bryte – If MacGyver is like many retired men, we may rightly assume that he prefers to spend more time on his hobbies and interests than on anything that reminds him of his former job.  So rather than mix up a cleaning solution from random items around the house, maybe he invests in either a stainless steel cleaning kit or ceramic cooktop cleaner kit from Cerama Bryte, found here and here respectively.  Proudly offered on our site, Cerama Bryte products help you quickly clean and maintain your appliances using a phosphate free formula.  Sometimes, even MacGyver prefers the easiest possible solution.

Are you a household MacGyver with tips for cleaning rust spots or hard water stains that you’d like to share?  We encourage you to offer your solutions via a comment below.

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Combating Hard Water Stains & Sediment Buildup In The Country

Don't Let Hard Water Ruin Country LivingAhh, life in the country.  Virtually no nosy neighbors, very little traffic and something money can’t buy: peace and quiet.  But moving from the city to the country is a trade-off that brings with it some uniquely annoying issues specific to country living.  One of the biggest issues? Hard water stains and sediment buildup, courtesy of shifting your water supply from municipal sources to your own private well.

Well water comes straight from the earth, no added fluoride, no chlorine, just nature’s clear miracle…and some natural minerals, sediments and contaminants – ranging from calcium and magnesium to dirt and limescale.  These contaminants can leave behind stubborn hard water stains at best and sediment buildup that can damage your pipes and appliances at worst.

Culligan HF-150 Whole House Water Filtration SystemFundamentally, the best way to combat hard water is investing in and installing a water softener. A water softener removes much of the hardness from your water, helping to prolong the life of your appliances and pipes.  However, a water softener also represents a significant investment, and one you may not be prepared to take on if you just uprooted your life with a move to the country. Fortunately, there are several very simple and cost-effective ways to combat hard water stains and sediment build-up throughout your home.

First, find where the water comes into your home.  If you filter your water from the source, the hard part is already done for you.  The Culligan whole-house water filtration system pictured to the left is affordable and easy to install, without the need of help from a plumber.  Once installed, you can completely customize your filtration to suit your needs with an incredible array of filters that will fit inside the housing, from multiple different brands.Omnifilter SF100 Inline Shower Filter

Once your whole house water filtration system is installed, a very basic sediment filter will do wonders for easing your hard water issues.  One such sediment filter we recommend is the GE SmartWater FXUSC.  This replacement water filter cartridge helps to significantly reduce sand, sediment, rust, soil and silt bigger than 30-50 microns (for comparison – the human hair is 70 microns across.)  Note that this type of system will not reduce water hardness, but will help to significantly reduce issues you are likely to face with sediment build-up that can cause issues with water taste and quality.

If you are unable to install a whole-house system, there are several point-of-use water filtration systems that can help you win the war against hard water stains and sediment build-up.  For avoiding hard water stains and issues in the bathroom, a good water softening shower filter – like the OmniFilter Inline shower filter to the left – is a great place to start.  This shower filter is specifically designed to soften water and reduce rust, corrosion, dirt and sediment – helping to ensure your shower water does not leave stubborn hard water stains or scale in your tub.

A good water softening shower filter will also ensure your body doesn’t suffer from hard water issues, including acne and itchy skin.  Keeping your shower water soft will also make it easier for your shampoo to lather, a basic function that shampoo has trouble performing when meeting hard water.

Aqua-Pure AP717 Inline Water Filtration SystemIn the kitchen, sediment buildup in your dishwasher or refrigerator dispenser are common issues that can quickly sour you on country living and well water usage.   Inline water filters, such as the Aqua-Pure inline filtration system pictured, are easy to install and designed to trap contaminants common in well water, preventing them from causing build-up or other issues.  Better yet, an inline water filter will help to significantly improve the taste of your water.  If you’re living with well water for the first time, trust us, this benefit will be greatly appreciated.

Water is the one thing that we all depend on.  While we may not be able to control everything that happens to it before it enters our home, with just a small investment of time and money, we can exercise almost complete control of it once it enters our home.  And if you’re living in the country and waging a war against water quality issues ranging from stains to build-up, controlling your water is half the battle.

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