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water damageWater Damage is Not Always Permanent – Eco-Friendly, Money-Saving Remedies

So your teenager dropped his cell phone in the toilet – and this is the second time it has happened in a year. This is actually not uncommon in this day and age when cell phones are like extra appendages attached to their owners. In fact, nearly 20 percent of cell phone owners have admitted doing this at least once. While it may seem hard to believe, one of the most basic food staples can help save hundreds of dollars in phone replacement costs. It is an odd but true fact – white rice can help reverse water-damage in some cell phones and make them work again!

If you are determined to save your phone or data, the best bet is to open the phone up as soon as possible and leave it in front of a fan. Most phones can be opened with a regular Phillips screwdriver, but the iPhone requires a specialized “pentalobe” screwdriver. Water damage negates the warranty on iPhones, so no need to hesitate about opening it.

After as much water has been removed as possible, silica gel or instant white rice may be helpful, but only if used in large quantity. Gazelle suggests using at least 4 cups in a container that is a minimum of 1-2 quarts. They also say that conventional white rice is not very effective and that if you do not have silica gel or instant rice handy, not to worry. According to their tests, leaving your phone in open air, or optimally with a fan for better air circulation, works just as well.

Removing Water Stains from Furniture

That Holiday Party with your close friends was incredibly fun, but the next morning, a discovery of water stains on the antique coffee table dampens the glow of all the merriment. There are a variety of home remedies that may work to remove water stains, depending on how long they have been there and the finish of the wood. Many do not require harsh chemicals, relying instead on things many people have on hand at home. Here are a couple of tips:

  • For water rings on wood furniture, try applying regular mayonnaise. Leave on for at least 3 or 4 hours, but preferably overnight. Wipe off with a soft cloth.
  • Make a paste with equal amounts of baking soda and white non-gel toothpaste. Dampen a sponge or a clean, soft cloth with water, dip it into the paste, and apply it to the stain using a circular motion. This should be done in a small area and may require more than one application and a lot of work. After the stain has been removed, wipe with a soft, damp cloth and buff dry. Then apply a high quality furniture polish.

Tackling Hard Water Problems

Hard water spots can form anywhere water is used – from teapots to plumbing fixtures. Stains, limescale, and rings are caused by high levels of calcium, magnesium, other minerals, and trace elements in hard water. There are many products on the market that tackle the side effects of hard water, but many are caustic or toxic. Although the stains will take longer to remove, cleaning experts offer these healthier options:

  • Spray the stained area with a 50/50 white vinegar and lemon juice solution, leave on for 15 minutes, scrub with a soft bristle brush, and rinse completely.
  • Spray or wipe full strength vinegar on the hard water buildup, leave it on for 30 minutes, then sprinkle baking soda on the stain. Scrub away the stains and rinse the area completely. Do not apply the baking soda and vinegar together – when combined, they cancel out each other’s effectiveness.

To avoid these issues, considering installing a salt-free water softener in your house. It will not only provide better quality water, but save you a lot of elbow grease.

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