|We don't even use the sink sprayer all that often, at least I don't. It completely clogged once without us realizing what had caused the malfunction. Luckily, I figured it out quickly and without calling a plumber.|
About a month ago we finally got a steamer for the wood stove. The air can be quite dry here and this seems to help mitigate the side effects of that, such as dry eyes and sinuses. This is what the inside looks like after about 6 refills of tap water. It's kind of cool, like a kitchen sink science experiment.
|It washes out very easily at least. I wonder if it can be made into a Halloween prop.|
We'll even find little bits of lime in a drinking glass if we let ice cubes melt in there! Even though I didn't like doing it, this is why we decided to go back to store-bought dishwasher detergent and using the heated dry feature on the dishwasher. All those years of hearing about water spots in commercials and now I know what that's all about!
All our water fixtures are cleaned with vinegar or some kind of vinegar mix. I'm going to try to use some of the old empty bottles of my next batch of homemade clothes soap. At least we can still use that. Guess what we use in the fabric softener dispenser... that's right, vinegar! It keeps the static down quite a bit (another issue with the dry air) and doesn't leave a coating of super-scented mystery chemicals on our clothes, towels, and blankets. Nothing comes out of there smelling of vinegar, either.
I'm not going to put pictures of toilets here, but for those we use one part baking soda and one part vinegar, let sit for 20-40 minutes. In all cases, if the lime has managed to get thick, a cloth soaked in vinegar and set on the surface for a time will loosen that lime right up. Dog water dishes get cleaned with straight vinegar, too.
I should mention that the slightly hard water isn't all that big of a deal. It still feels new and strange to buy white vinegar by the gallon and remove the residue of what I think should be "only" water from our fixtures and belongings. At least one guest commented on how the hard water made her hair more manageable, but I gave up managing my hair so haven't noticed. I know there are plenty of lime-busting products on the market, but I like that we are putting fewer unknown chemicals into our septic and on our things. I also like that we get just as much cleaning power for a fraction of the price; why wash money down the drain? We haven't done any research, but I do wonder if there is a reasonably cost-effective method of filtering the lime out rather than adding something to the water. Anyone know about that or have a good layperson's resource?