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Sunday, February 27, 2011

True Confessions of a Hard Water Victim:

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Of a Hard Water

One of the beauties and benefits of blogging is that you only have to show what you want to show, and say what you want to say.  You can sit around in your p.j.'s on a Sunday morning with dirty hair, and nobody knows. 

You can clean your house and do a photoshoot of things set up just as nice as you can make them, and people think, wow, it sure looks pretty over at her house.  You don't show how it looks the rest of the time, when you are spending all of your time blogging, and there is dog hair all over the carpet, and dust covering your tables.

You leave out the stories not fit for publication, or, which would be awesome for publication, but would be embarrassing for somebody that you know and they would hate you forever if you did post it, so you don't.  That is the hardest part, leaving those juicy stories out!

But today, I am going to show you something that not many will:  how hard water makes your dishes ugly and how to fix that particular problem, easily and cheaply.  Today, while the other nice ladies on Susan's Between Naps on the Porch's Metamorphosis Monday are showing you their special projects and beautiful decorating, I am going to show you my before and after coffee cups and drinking glasses.  Because I am brave!  Or, because it was finally time to clean them up, and if I can get a blog post out of it, well, why not?

Before.  These dishes are all clean and fresh from the dishwasher.  Our water is hard and has a generous amount of iron.  It has probably been a year since I have cleaned these with Stain Bully.  It only takes a few minutes, but it is kind of like needing to get your bangs cut.  One day you wake up and think, oh my, today is the day I HAVE to trim my bangs, or in this case, take care of those coffee cups!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
I know, they are gross.  But they are very clean.  Just badly stained.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
These Jimmy Buffett cups cost me $15.00 each.  They are awesome, and have lasted a long time.  I got them on two different trips to Las Vegas. They bring me such joy each morning.  And also in the evenings, when I sip a bit of Merlot from them.  They definitely deserve better treatment than they have gotten from me recently!  Cary enjoys the M.E. cups for his coffee and tea.

After.  I used the casserole dish and a microfiber cloth as my cleaning tools.  I took my rings off, but I didn't even need to use gloves.  You may want to use gloves though, if your skin is sensitive.  Stain Bully has no smell, and it doesn't bother me in any manner.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

These glasses look a little filmy, but are no longer rust stained.  I just popped everything back into the dishwasher, and they will come out clean and shiny.  I really like Stain Bully, because, unlike some other cleaners, it does not remove the finish off of your sinks, tubs or dishes.  Stain Bully knows nothing of me, so I didn't get paid for passing on this valuable information to you.  I might send them a link to my blog though, just in case they want to buy advertising on here.   Hmmmm....

For information on how to purchase Stain Bully, please contact D.A.S.A Products at 503-998-1561.

So there you go!  For prettier things than this to look at, please check out Metamorphisis Monday.

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Donnie said...

That stuff really works, doesn't it. I'm sending this link to my dil who has hard water without the iron in it. Thanks for showing us your yucky

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Donnie ... well, I'm glad it will help. I LOVE this stuff! Thanks for coming over to see me. :>)

Dandelion and Daisy said...

Wells in our area, western Oregon, have a lot of minerals in them too. My son and family have some serious staining on the inside of their dishwasher and toilets. Does that stuff work on those, too? Actually, we drink tea and our mugs start looking like that too, until I use Bar Keeper's or Bon Ami on them.

Cherry Chick said...

Oh My! What a pain in the butt that must be. It's amazing how wonderful it works though. You are a braver woman than I to share your dirty "dishes". ;-)


Betty said...

That is great information. We don't have iron in the water where I live, but that might account for some of the stains I've seen thrifting.

texas511 said...

where do we get this amazing stain bully stuff? I've never seen it or heard about it until now but I've thrown out plenty of glasses that looked like yours due to hard water build up.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Texas 511 -- I couldn't find your email ... Stain Bully is made by Effective Solutions in Albany OR and their phone number is 541-928-7439
I couldn't find a website for them though. I hope you get this message!

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