How to Clean Gunk Off Faucets

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When it comes to our house-cleaning regiment, it’s something each and every one of us needs to do from time to time; we need to clean our faucets on a regular basis - otherwise, the “gunk” starts to build up. How to clean gunk off faucets? There’s actually a simple procedure that only takes a few minutes at a time, and if you follow these instructions to the letter, you’ll end up with a sparkling-clean faucet every time. You’ll just need to remember to do it once every two weeks or so.

First of all, what exactly is all of that gunk building up around the taps and faucets, anyway? If it’s just water coming out of the tap, a faucet should always be clean, shouldn’t it? In a perfect world, perhaps. For one thing, it depends on what kind of water you have – if it’s “hard” water, then it most likely contains mineral deposits that accumulate once the water itself evaporates. These deposits consist of anything from calcium to lime, iron, copper, phosphorus, manganese, and anything in between. Moisture accumulation around taps and faucets also tends to mix with soap molecules, attracting black mold spores which thrive on the nutrients – this is why the gunk turns black and quickly thickens into a gloppy mess. In some cases, moisture build-up can also lead to a pinkish colour staining your sink and other surfaces. The pink-pigmented stain is often caused by a type of airborne bacteria called Serratia marcescens, which also thrives in moist areas, especially where traces of soap products can be found. It also grows in areas where the water is left standing for long periods of time – toilets, for example, that have not been used or flushed frequently, as well as pets’ water dishes.

Now that we have a better idea of what the gunk build-up is, why it’s there, and what it generally consists of, we can feel a lot better about cleaning it. We also have a much better idea of HOW to clean it. If mold and bacteria feed on soap molecules, it would make sense to clean your faucets, taps, and sinks without any soap products – wouldn’t it? That’s why it’s so important to be discerning when choosing your cleaning products, and a little extra research doesn’t hurt either. This is why people are turning to more natural cleaning products these days; simply because we are learning so much more about what really works when cleaning our homes, what doesn’t, and what can make our house cleaning situation even worse.

We can actually clean our faucets with a few powerful, non-soap, non-toxic cleaning agents that we may already have in the house. In this case, it only takes two ingredients and a toothbrush to do the job.

This informative housecleaning hack comes to us from Christine over at the First Home Love Life website where you can find tons more DIY home projects and lots of great tips and tricks for cleaning your home.*

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