How to Get Rid of Hard Water Build-Up

I love Pintrest. One (meaning my husband) might say I am addicted. It is OK though because I actually use many of the things I pin. I try recipes and crafts, but mostly I use the homeschool pins. 

There is one pin that makes its rounds quite frequently in my Pintrest “newsfeed.” It is “cleaning a shower head with vinegar.” A quick search on Pintrest brings up this. There are several versions of the method. Some use only vinegar. Others add baking soda or dish soap. I have been eyeing this method for awhile and I finally decided I needed to try it. I really try not to use chemicals in my home. We use “green” cleaners and so vinegar is a staple. 

When I finally decided to try this I opted for the easiest method. Plain vinegar. I also decided to try it on my kitchen sink sprayer since it wasn’t spraying well. I filled a glass with vinegar, plopped the sprayer in, and walked away. It was soaking for about 3 hours while the kids and I were doing school work.
When we were done with school I took an old toothbrush and gently scrubbed the surface. Let’s just say I was pleasantly surprised. 
If you have hard water and mineral deposit build-up use a vinegar soak and it will virtually melt-away! 
Here are the pictures of my experience. 
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Blue Hair

The other day I went to the local drug store to buy hair dye  to cover those pesky grey hairs change it up a bit. While I was looking for the best deal I noticed a product I had never seen before, Splat Color Gel. This product claims to have extreme hold, have great color, and washes out with shampoo. I got very excited since my kids love to color their hair different colors but I prefer it to be temporary since they are a bit young still. I had to find a color that would appeal to both the boys and the girls and would look good with each skin tone (yes, I think of stuff like that). I opted for Cold as Ice (blue).
The gel really does have extreme hold. My kids’ hair is a bit fine and tends to lose the style if the gel isn’t like glue. This wasn’t as sticky as hair glue, but held just as well. I liked that. Two of my kids have brown hair and 2 are blonds (the baby did not get hair gel) and I have black hair. The product does state darker hair may need several applications to achieve the desired color. They aren’t kidding. I will post pictures below so you can see.

C-Dog’s hair turned out the best. He has short, blonde hair so we gave him a spiky mohawk. It held all day and it wasn’t too stiff. The color looked great. Elf’s turned out pretty good but I had to apply the color gel 4X to get the color right; she has brown hair. I only colored 2 sections, one on each side of her head, and twisted them into a ponytail. Her hair never stays in a pony tail. I am always fixing it. I didn’t have to fix it even once! I really liked that!
Bug’s didn’t turn out great. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t impressive either. He wanted streaks. I think it was user error though as I had no clue what I was doing and he was the first to get the color gel in his hair. I think I will have to try it on him again.
Princess is still little so I only did one section and twisted it into a hair barrette. She favors a side part so it looked cute and was thrilled I let her be like her older siblings.

I didn’t take a picture of mine, but I will tell you I was not impressed with how it looked in black hair. You need too much too get the color to be noticeable. I was disappointed, but I think I will try again with a different color.

I was a bit messy applying the color gel. It washed off foreheads easily. It also washed off my hands easily. The wash cloth I used to wipe foreheads did not stain and it is a cream color! Yay! I am all about products that don’t stain. Now, if you use this product and it stains, don’t blame me. I am merely sharing my experience. The color gel also washed out of the sink with just water.

We all slept with the gel in our hair. It didn’t get on our pillows! Yay! The next morning we all washed our hair. I had no problem getting it out of my hair or Princess’ hair. The older 3 washed their own hair and had no issues getting it out also. We looked all clean and spiffy for church.

Overall I am going to say I really like this product. As a gel it holds great but doesn’t have the very hard feeling hair glue has. As a color it is decent. It looks best in lighter hair, but it does work on dark hair. I would not recommend this for daily use. If you want color every day I would try a more permanent product. It didn’t stain for me and washed out easily. I think I will give this product a B.
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Bug’s blue streaks
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C-Dog’s mohawk

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One of Elf’s twists

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The opposite side of Elf’s “do”

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Princess

**The opinions of this reviews are 100% mine. I was not compensated in anyway. I bough the product on impulse and had never heard of it before hand. The above link is an affiliate link. The compensation is small, but I am being completely honest and thought you should know 🙂