You know that pesky white buildup clogging your coffeemaker and ruining your morning brew? It’s caused by calcium, magnesium, lime and other minerals commonly found in hard water.
The buildup can get so thick that it seems like you’d need sandpaper or chemicals to remove them. But in fact, these minerals are fast and easy to remove. There are a few commercial mineral removers out there, but the easiest, least expensive and cleanest way to get rid of the deposits is simply with white vinegar.
It’s worth mentioning that white vinegar is also highly effective at removing mineral deposits from your tea kettle, shower head, faucets, clothes iron and humidifier. And unlike synthetic cleaners, it’s completely non-toxic. Here are a few handy tips.
- Brew a full pot of half vinegar and half water, using a clean coffee filter.
- Turn off the coffee maker about half way through the brewing cycle and let the solution sit for about an hour.
- Turn the coffeemaker back on to brew the rest of the vinegar solution.
- Replace the coffee filter and then rinse by running two cycles of clean water through the brewing cycle.
Remove mineral deposits from the teakettle
- Boil one cup of vinegar for a few minutes.
- Add a quarter cup of baking soda for extra cleaning power, if needed. (Optional)
- Rinse thoroughly.
- Works for both electric and stovetop tea kettles!
Remove mineral deposits from shower heads and sink faucets
- Add equal parts water and vinegar to a plastic bag.
- Attach the bag to the faucet, so that the faucet is submerged in the bag.
- Secure the bag to the top of the faucet with a rubber band.
- Let it sit for about an hour.
- Remove the bag and run the water for a minute to rinse.
- Remove stubborn mineral residue on the outside of the faucet with an old toothbrush, if needed.
- Fill the iron with half water and half vinegar, and turn it on.
- Once the iron heats up, run the steam until it is empty.
- Once it has cooled back down, refill it with clean water and steam it again to rinse.
Remove mineral deposits from the humidifier
- Soak the humidifier filter in a pan of undiluted white vinegar for about an hour or until it is free of sediment.
- To kill bacteria and prevent future mineral buildup, add a quarter cup of white vinegar to the water tank once a week.
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