Cleaning Hacks to Remove Water Stains Easily on Kitchen Sinks and Faucets

cleaningWater stains on kitchen sinks and faucets are such a pain to remove especially when they’ve already turned solid hard. Extra effort is needed in order for these irritating stains to be completely removed from your beloved kitchen sinks and faucets. In order to remove them easily, we only need to do several tricks that are very easy to execute. But of course buying a new faucet can also be an alternative solution. You may consider buying one online. Faucet Magazine has detailed reviews for the best kitchen faucets and also has comparison charts for both pull-in or pull-out models.

But if you want to fix yours, follow below steps carefully!

First, we need to know important facts about our enemies – the stains.

One example of kitchen sink stains is hard water. It is pretty obvious to identify hard water as the name directly suggests what it is but it is not that simple. We say hard water stain but it is not really the water that becomes the stain in our sinks and faucet but the deposits contained in the water. When the water dries off, the deposits contained in it are left behind and these are the ones that solidify most of the time such as calcium, lime, and other types of minerals. These hardened minerals are the culprits who leave those brown or white spots in our sink surfaces and also in our bathrooms.

Cleaning water stains

It is somehow easy to remove water stains that plague our kitchen sinks and faucets but it will depend on the severity of the stain. Here, ways on how to clean light spots are given to help you with your water stain problems.

Basically, you can use a vinegar solution to clean these every day hard waters that are mostly found in your kitchen. Vinegar is very cheap so it is the best solution you can provide to these annoying water stains. Here are the steps to make a vinegar solution.

Removing simple water stains

  1. Prepare a mixture of water and vinegar in a spray bottle by pouring equal amounts of each. You must keep in mind that in order for this trick to work, you must only use regular white vinegar as other types of vinegar won’t have the same effect.
  2. Find those stains and spray your vinegar solution on the surfaces of your sinks or bathrooms. Spray it across the whole area affected by the stains and make sure to not miss any spots in order for you to not spray it again later.
  3. Using a towel, wipe the surface where you have applied the solution and you will notice that these stains are easily removed without exerting much effort.
  4. After removing the stains, you must rinse the surface and make sure that it is completely clean. Then, dry it with a clean cloth making sure that no spot is still wet otherwise it will only lead to more water stains.
  5. When cleaning your faucets, you must remove the faucet aerators and shower heads and use the vinegar solution on it by completely soaking these parts in it. You can use a brush to remove hardened and stuck deposits that are usually found in between tiny spaces of your faucet heads.



Removing Tougher Stains

These water stains sometimes cannot be removed easily and requires more effort to be exerted. A few simple tricks can be done to save you from doing extra work. Here are the steps:

  1. Use a vinegar solution and put it in a spray bottle. You can also use a rag and soak it the vinegar solution.
  2. Spray the vinegar solution on the affected area and spread it evenly along the surface.
  3. On tough stains, allow the vinegar solution to sit there for a few minutes (5-10 minutes will be enough) instead of wiping it immediately. This will let the vinegar break down the mineral deposits stuck in the surface.
  4. After a few minutes, wipe the solution off along with the stains in your sink’s surfaces. Use a scrub brush when dealing with thicker stains in order for them to be loosened up before wiping it off.
  5. If all else fails and the vinegar solution did not work, apply hydrochloric acid to a cleaner (can be a bathroom cleaner) and use it to remove hard water stains and soap deposits. Take note that this chemical can be harmful to your surfaces as it is known to have harsh components. Only use this method as a last resort. When using hydrochloric acid, it is advised to keep the area of work well-ventilated. Also when handling hydrochloric acid, you should wear protective gloves to keep your hands safe from the chemical.

Tips on how to prevent hard water stains

As most people say, prevention is better than cure so it is best to maintain the cleanliness of your kitchen faucet and sink surfaces by preventing the formation of hard water stains. Here are a few ways on how to keep them hardwaterstain-free:

  1. After every use, it is advised to dry your surfaces with clean cloth following the cleaning. Splashes of water are the main cause of hard water stains so it is definitely recommended to dry these off all the time.
  2. You have the option to use and apply water softener powder or liquid which are mostly available in hardware stores.
  3. Installing a water softener system is also an option for those that do not mind spending more for an excellent water system that does not have a large content of hard mineral deposits. This method completely reduces hard water stains and provides a great solution for your kitchen-cleaning problems but definitely costs much higher than using other methods mentioned before.

Can I Repair a Noisy Toilet? Step by Step Guide

toiletToilet is an essential unit, which we cannot live without. It does not develop issues so often, unless where it is being used constantly. Apart from common problems such as clogging, a toilet can start making disturbing noise. Such problems can be solved by the owner, as long as he or she has the right tools. Fill valves are the major causes of a noisy toilet.

When the fill valve of your toilet cannot shut properly, you will hear a lot of noise once you flush. This also means the float needs to be adjusted, or replace the fill valve. Not only the noise problem, but also a lot of water can go to waste. If the valve is adjusted, the float will be reset at a lower level, and thus shut off the water. Damaged or worn out valve cannot be corrected through adjusting the float, and therefore the fill valve requires a new one.

Buying a new one is always an easy solution. Pickatoilet has dozens of reviews on their website for the best toilets that you may check and have an idea about the prices. But if you want to save several bucks, doing it yourself is always a good idea. You just need to follow the instructions, and get everything done as you wanted. It is easy and straightforward. Just read our guide first to see if you can understand the procedure before starting the work.

We have made the steps very easy to understand. So, here are the steps to adjust the float before you think of replacing the damaged or worn out fill valve. So, you will need a pair of pliers, and probably new fill valve to fix the issue.

Steps for Adjusting the Float

Step 1

Open the toilet tank by pulling off the lid, and put aside. It will take just a few seconds to remove the lead because most lids are not fastened.

Step 2

Check the type of the float. Some toilets have floats attached to the fill valve, while others are attached to the fill valve’s body. The floats are of two types; ball float or cylinder float.

Step 3

Locate a screw on the fill valve (usually on top of the fill valve) with a ball float, and then turn it anticlockwise. Continue turning until you notice no water is flowing, and then leave the screw at that point.

Step 4

If the toilet has a cylinder float, you will squeeze a clip on the cylinder float. This is an adjustment clip, so you will squeeze until water stops running. Note that, these do not have adjustment screw like ball float valves.

Now you if you need to replace the fill valve, here are the steps;

Step 1

First turn off water supply below the toilet, and then flush to get rid of all water inside the storage tank.

Step 2

Using a pair of pliers, turn the screw under the storage tank anticlockwise to remove the supply line. Remove the nut from the pipe by turning it anticlockwise. Ensure it gets off the pipe threads.

Step 3

Now you can remove the old fill valve (damaged fill valve) from the tank.

Step 4

Place the new fill valve, and then adjust it to match the old unit’s height. It is adjusted by twisting its body so that you can achieve the suitable height.

Step 5

Put the fill valve inside the toilet, ensuring the threads pass through the opening below the tank. Fit the plastic fill tube into the bowl tube connected on the middle of the water tank.

Step 6

The new fill valve comes with a new but. So put it under the tank around the fill valve, and then fasten with pliers.

Step 7

Now you can place supply line over the threads of the fill valve, and then turn the nut clockwise until it grips tight. Use pliers to turn it once more to ensure it holds tightly. Note: don’t over tighten the nut on the supply line.

Step 8

Turn the water supply valve to allow water into the tank. Now squeeze the adjustment clip on the cylinder float, and adjust the water level by pulling the clip down or up.

The above steps are easy to follow. You don’t need to hire someone if you have time to do it. However, due to tight schedules, some of us may opt to get an expert to do the job. There are many experts to call in case you want assistance. Plumbers are also capable of repairing a noisy toilet, but ensure you get the right person.

How To Clean a Curling Iron

Make sure that when you decide to curl your hair, it is properly washed and you should always follow simple instructions to have a very positive outcome and to have the curl that you’ve ever wanted. When curling, it is really important to choose the right material and product to use so that it will not damage your hair by using a cheap and a low quality of curling material and product. Make sure that when you are using your curling material you always follow the instruction of your iron to avoid damaging the iron and also your hair. Also pays attention on the cleanliness of your curling iron so that the dirt from your iron will not transfer to your hair that can lead to damage hair.

Tips on how to clean your curling iron:

Hairstylist basically owns a lot of curling iron and they are all used to achieve different types of curl or wave. One thing that is very important to all of this curling iron is that, they are all needed to be cleaned not just clean, but to be properly stored so that your curling iron will last longer. Even if you only have 1 curling iron you also need to clean it not just to last it longer, but also to prevent the transfer of dirt into your hair that will cause in hair damage. Cleaning your curling iron has very easy, just make sure that you follow instructions on how to clean your curling iron. It is al advisable that before using your iron you will first read and understand all the instruction and manual of the curling iron to avoid damage to your iron and to your hair.

  • Always clean your curling iron every once a month by using a rubber alcohol and a clean wash clothes. Many of you do not give any attention in cleaning your curling iron, but those rusty gunk in your iron will result to dryness of your hair and can also result in slight yellowish for a blonde hair. Product that sticks to your curling iron can be easily removed by an alcohol, but make sure that you unplugged you iron from the socket and it is warm enough to touch.
  • Do not try to use cold water in cleaning your curling iron. Too much cold temperature will cause damage to the spring inside the curling iron. Always give your iron, time to cool down before starting to clean it so that it will not damage your curling iron. If you are in a rush and you need to clean your iron before living do not use cold water, use the curling bag of your iron and wipe it to your iron. Just make sure that you do not overuse your cloth.
  • When you are finished cleaning with your curling iron, avoid wrapping your iron cord around the handle of your iron, by doing this, it will result for damage of the chord of your iron. Instead, you grab a rubber band and ponytail the cord of your iron and put it in its bag.

cleaning a curling iron

Make sure that whenever you decide to use a curling iron, always make sure that it is clean and properly maintained to avoid damage of your heating styling device. Also to avoid hard stains on your curling iron make sure that you always clean it before and after you use, so that it will prevent it from building dirt and gunk. You should also use some hair product that are not harmful to your iron to avoid hardening of stains, especially hair sprays, make sure that you buy a hair spray that are very easy to clean when stick to your curling iron. Proper usage and cleaning of your curling iron will extend the life of your iron for a longer period of time.

Check further posts about your hairstyling tools and cleaning stuff.


How to Properly Use an Epilator in 5 Steps!

Most of you may have experienced hair removal procedures, and waxing and shaving are common among people. There is another method known as epilation, which removes hair deep at its roots. Epilators are the devices used, and their tweezers can remove hair in a single stroke.

epilator typesIf you have not used epilators before, they might seem annoying for the first time. The irritation during-and-after use is not pleasant, but you will get used after frequent applications. Epilation is said to be quite practical, especially for those that want to achieve the sexiest legs. However, do you know to epilate?

We shall give you five steps on how to use an epilator, and get the best out of it. These have been narrowed down to give a clear picture about use of epilators, rather than giving too much stories that may confuse the users.

Step 1: Charge the epilator and create time for epilation

Most epilators are rechargeable, and they can operate for more than an hour before recharging. Sometimes people forget to charge the epilator, which might be annoying especially when power dies while in the process. Once you ensure the epilator is fully charged, don’t just start to epilate. Create time for it, especially at night when you are not leaving for any night out. Though epilation may take as short as just 30 minutes, there are red bumps that will be left on the skin. Therefore, it is advisable to do it at night so that the skin heals overnight.


Step 2: Prepare the skin appropriately

There are two types of epilation; wet epilation and dry epilation. If you consider wet epilation, it is advisable to take a warm shower for about 15 minutes before starting. Also, exfoliate your skin and then apply some shower cream on the epilator and the area to be epilated. For dry epilation on the other hand, you need to wipe the skin using a towel in the opposite direction of the hair growth. This is to make the hair strands to stand and weaken, and also to remove any oil, moisturizer, or lotion from the skin. Epilator will work effectively on dry skin.


Step 3: Switch on and start

The epilator produces a scary sound, but some come with switch settings. Use the setting to control the speed, until you achieve the best for you. When the epilator is pulling the skin, you might experience some more pain. So, you can use the other hand to stretch the skin on areas where skin tends to fold. In addition, the epilator should be held at right angle to your skin. This ensures the device plucks hair more efficiently. As said earlier, the epilator should be moved to the opposite direction of the hair growth. Glide it in circular motions in order to remove every hair.

Step 4: Move the epilator slowly

Moving the epilator too fast may lead to hair breaking instead of removing at the root. It may also force you to repeat areas you already finished because hair is still visible. If you move it slowly, hair will be removed effectively without need to repeat some areas. However, you need to ensure one area is fully cleared of hair before going to another. Once you finish epilation, you can apply moisturizer on the skin to enhance its healing from the red bumps.

Step 5: Clean the epilator

Epilator maintenance is done through proper cleaning. Use a brush and some disinfectant such as alcohol to clean the epilator. For wet epilation, wipe the epilator using a dry towel. However, it is not recommended by to share your epilator with other people.

For further beauty tips, have a look at cleaning curling iron and hairstyling posts.

Advantages of Having Clippers at Home

Advantages of using clippers are numerous, bearing in mind that visiting a barber twice or thrice a week might be expensive in terms of money and time. Apart from saving several dollars with clippers, here are some of the broad benefits of using clippers at home.


Benefits of using clippers at home

  1. Convenience

Most of us spend day time at work, and in the evening some are busy with their families and friends. Visiting a barber shop becomes less priority, not to mention the long queues before receiving the service. Once you get shaved, you need to go back home and take a shower to get rid of tiny hair left around the neck. In addition, a number of men don’t feel comfortable while in those salons, and you also need to describe how you want the haircut done. In short, there might be a lot of inconveniences compared to if you were shaving at home. Therefore, clippers can be really essential for convenience purposes.

  1. Fast and reliable

As said earlier, visiting a barber is time consuming. It is best for those with free time to stay in the queue. However, it may not be suitable if you need a quick hair trim before attending an emergency meeting. Those frequent travelers also require their personal clippers because searching for a barber in a foreign country might be very daunting. Also, barbers may not be familiar with your native language, and therefore it becomes a challenge to explain what you need. So, why don’t you purchase your own clippers and stay equipped even when you travel. Here are the best hair clippers available on the market.

  1. You get what you needed

Hipster haircut seems a simple style, but not every barber can handle it. You may have experienced such situations when the style you wanted does not come out well. This is enough for you to opt for clippers, because you can have full control of your haircut style. Also, when you visit a new
, it is difficult to identify the exact expert for what you need. Remember those people are ever occupied, and you cannot choose who to shave you. Therefore, there is likelihood your haircut style might be compromised. To avoid such unwelcoming surprises, have your own clippers at

  1. Easy to choose a simple style suitable for you

Sometimes, men do take this hipster hairstyle to far from the actual reality. A smart haircut should be simple, especially if you don’t like complicating issues on your daily outfit. Therefore, you can shave depending on what you like as long as you have clippers at your home. Shaving hipster hairstyle needs practice, and you can learn how to do it yourself if you own clippers.

  1. Become your own barber

When you start shaving yourself using clippers, at first the task might seem difficult. With two to three trials, you will learn how to do it. This is a self-development skill, and you will realize its benefits eventually. However, hipster haircut can be tricky especially if you have long hair, and therefore you can seek a professional guidance. It is advisable to exercise shaving when hair is short, so that you can develop your skills as the hair grows.

There are various clippers in the market today, and you can choose based on the price and quality. It is advisable to go for relatively expensive clippers because they tend to have better performance. However, the cost should not be the only driving factor. There are cheaper ones that are more reliable than costly ones. Let your choice be determined by quality and performance too.