Vinegar and baking soda is the miracle cleanser, the cure all for most any natural cleaning, unclogging and pretty much every other worldly need.
So when my hand-held shower head wouldn’t let 90% of the water spray through, oh ya, I knew what to do. How simple…
- Pulled out the multi-gallon bottle of distilled white vinegar I’d cleverly scored at Costco (because it’s good to get volume discounts on nature’s miracle foods).
- Whipped out the box of baking soda.
- Picked out a bowl that looked just the right size for the shower head.
- Mixed my potion together, anticipating the fun foaming action.
- Then submerged the shower head, making sure all the holes were covered.
Actually that’s a simplistic version
The pot I had chosen to hold the shower head was too deep yet too shallow to adequately cover the head with the amount I had mixed together.
So I went and got a bowl, then figured out how to perfectly angle the bowl to submerge the shower head.
Went to sleep.
The next morning I turned on the shower with anticipating.
No noticeable improvement.
Turning a blind eye to what seemed like a waste of vinegar — although knowing I could clean the bathtub with the solution after — I poured it in, scrubbed.
Then boiled hot water and poured it on the head. That thing was looking spic and span.
The poor shower head squealed as if to say “I give up!”
Then I decided to twist it off the hose.
There before me was the rubber low-flow device, full of little rocks. Those rocks.
I’d see those rocks before, years ago. When cleaning shower heads.
I dumped out the rocks.
The flow improved.
What’ll happen if I remove the rubber thingy?
The damn shower head worked like a dream. A water-wasting dream.
I had been focusing on the wrong solution.
Had I not been fixated on vinegar and baking soda, this never would have happened. I very well might have flashed back to this bizarre rock problem we have with our water system and saved untold hours and worry (yes, I was prepared to go buy another shower head).
The lesson: Don’t outsmart yourself!
Whether in a food business or at home, take time to analyze all the possible “blockages” before jumping to a conclusion.
Now, how do you go about solving problems like this?