How to Clean Your Shower Head


Think about the last time you took a shower. How did the showerhead perform? When you first installed your showerhead, you likely got great pressure and the water flowed in the correct direction. However, over time, mineral deposits can build up in the showerhead and the water may start squirting in all directions or even clog up completely. When this happens, you have poor water pressure or low flow and will not feel as clean as you would like. Luckily, you do not necessarily have to replace it; there are a few ways you can return the flow to your showerhead and help make certain your family can enjoy a nice, relaxing shower.

Remove lime deposits from shower head

Massage It – If you have a showerhead with “rubber nubs” on the front of it, you may be able to clean these and remove the mineral deposits by simply rubbing them. Massage these rubber nubs and loosen the deposits—giving your nozzle its pressure back.

Soak It – Choose a quality product for removing minerals (often a rust stain removal product will work well) and soak your showerhead in this. Have a little patience and after the soaking in one of these rust removers, rinse the showerhead well. This can be the ideal solution for the most problems.

Clean the Filter Screen – If all else fails, you may need to take the showerhead apart. Some showerheads have a filter screen inside that will collect minerals over time. Follow your user manual and take the showerhead apart. Then you can brush the filter screen off or soak it in the same rust removal product and then rinse it clean. Just make certain you hold on to all the parts of the showerhead, otherwise you will not be able to get things back together as they should be.

Even the most difficult of these tasks are not that complicated. You just need to put in a little effort and you can return your showerhead to its like new condition. It is well worth the work you put into it. After all, there is nothing more relaxing and refreshing than a shower when the shower has adequate pressure and flow!


What is Hard Water?


Hard water can be a big nuisance. Beyond this, the effects of this water can cause the breakdown of appliances, cause you to struggle with rust stains on clothing and around the house and even add to your energy costs. The term hard water is often mentioned by those suffering from these problems, but what do you know about this type of water?

What is Hard Water?

Hard water is higher in dissolved minerals than baseline or soft water. Typically the minerals that are found in higher quantities are calcium and magnesium. Luckily, there are no major health risks associated with hot water, but it can build up in your pipes, decrease effectiveness of soaps and detergents and even dry the skin. Plus, you will likely have to look into rust removal around the house to reduce the stains caused by hard water.

Identifying Hard Water

It is easy to recognize a hard water problem. An abundance of soap scum and mineral deposits on glasses are often the first signs. Additionally, if you find your clothes do not get clean and your skin is dryer than it should be, you may have a hard water problem. The only way to identify hard water for sure is to have it tested. Doing this will help you determine if you need to make a change to how your water is processed.


The most common way to deal with a hard water problem is to install a water softener. By doing this, the water is soften before it enters your interior pipeline. Softer water will cause fewer rust problems and reduce the long-term impact on your pipes and appliances around the house.

If you are facing some of the problems mentioned above, it may be time to find out if you have hard water. After all, while there are some costs and struggles involved with softening your water, these are very minor when compared with replacing all your appliances or your pipes--plus constantly purchasing rust removal products to get rid of those stains. Make an effort to get the problem under control today and you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of well-balanced water for years to come.


Hydrofluoric Acid: The Dangers of Exposure to This Highly Corrosive Acid


Danger! That’s a word we don’t take lightly and that’s the word directly associated with Hydrofluoric Acid. This highly corrosive chemical compound is a common ingredient in many household rust removing agents and cleaners. Hydrofluoric acid exposure can lead to very serious burn injuries, difficulty breathing and even fatal if not treated according to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention.

Hydrogen fluoride, also known as (HF), is a colorless, fuming liquid or gas with a strong, irritating odor. Hydrogen fluoride readily dissolves in water to form colorless hydrofluoric acid solutions.

HF + H2O => H3O+ + F is the chemical formula for hydrofluoric acid. Now since we are not all chemist, what does this mean exactly? When hydrogen fluoride is mixed into water a chemical reaction happens producing this hydrohalic acid.

The hydrofluoric acid chemical formula classifieds it has a weak acid in a family of many different fluoride acids. This inorganic mixture is only classified weak as its ability to dissociate. Acids are classified strong or weak by the fluoride ion’s ability to break the bond to the hydrogen ion. That’s deep into the heart of hydrofluoric acid on a molecular level far from knowing the dangers of contact with this acid.

Although hydrofluoric acid is weak compared with most other mineral family acids, it can produce serious health concerns and side effects by any route of exposure. These effects are due to the fluoride ion's aggressive, destructive deep penetration of tissues.

Many different avenues of exposure occur with different health effects experienced. The Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry states it is present in a variety of household over-the-counter products at concentrations generally ranging from 6% to 12%. These are some of the most common ways to either breathe or come in contact with this poisoning acid.

Skin contact exposures occur by cutaneous contact with the solution. The fluoride ion penetrates tissues deep that can cause both local cell and nerve destruction and systemic toxicity. In addition hydrogen fluoride is extremely irritating to the eyes and mucous membranes.

  • Flushing of eyes is mandatory
  • Burns are not visible often until 24-48 hours later
  • Carefully remove or cut any clothing contaminated
  • Wash any hydrogen fluoride from your skin with large amounts of water

Inhalation of the hydrogen fluoride in liquid or gas form should be treated with the upmost importance. Swallowing only a small amount of highly concentrated hydrogen fluoride will affect major internal organs and may be fatal.Breathing hydrogen fluoride can damage lung tissue and cause swelling and fluid accumulation in the lungs.

  • Fever & vomiting
  • Trouble breathing as throat swells shut
  • Severe internal body pain
  • Bluish lips and/or fingernails

Children are more vulnerable to toxicants absorbed through the skin because of their relatively larger surface area to the body weight ratio. In all aspects immediate medical attention should be sought.

With the above stated facts about the danger of exposure to this highly corrosive compound, this is no chemical to tread lightly with. That is why Super Iron Out vows to never include this toxic in any of our rust removers. Many competitors include this in their rust removal products because of the cleaning power it has. Super Iron Out is committed to the health and well-being of all of their customers and wishes to inform on the dangers of exposure. Please use extreme caution if any exposure is ever experienced to this chemical toxic solution.


Cleaning Tips Before the Guests Arrive


Oh no! You have guests on the way and you feel like your home is a mess. What should you do? Ideally, you want to do the jobs that make the biggest impact for the least amount of work. This often means “scratching the surface” and avoiding the deep cleaning. Here’s five jobs that can make your home impressive for guests without completely exhausting you.

  • Make the Beds – Even if your bedroom has some clutter or needs dusting, if your beds are made, it has a put together appearance. Take the time to pull up the covers and fluff the pillows. It will make you look like you are a much better housekeeper than you may be!
  • Do a Quick Pickup – Grab a box or basket and run around picking up things that need to go elsewhere. Even if you don’t have time to put everything away, you can always stash the basket in a closet or in the laundry room.
  • Deal with the Dishes – No matter how nice your kitchen is, if the dishes are out of control, it will look cluttered and messy. Put away any clean things that are sitting out and load your dishwasher with the dirty stuff—or hand wash if you prefer. Running the dishwasher makes the house FEEL fresher too.
  • Clean Tubs, Toilets and Sinks – While you may not have time for a full bathroom cleaning, you can wipe these down. Even rust removal is easy if you have the right tools. Remove rust stains from toilet and look to see if there is anything else that Super Iron Out can help you accomplish in this much-visited room of the house.
  • Freshen the Air – Open a couple of windows, turn on the ceiling fans and spritz some air freshener. A good smelling house is much more inviting than one that seems stale or musty.

If you are in a BIG hurry, you may be able to complete these jobs in less than an hour—getting your home guest ready in no time. Most importantly, remember that you do not have to do it all. Your guests are coming to visit you, not to be impressed by your home. Just do the basics, then make sure you relax and prepare to enjoy the time with your visitors.


Water Conservation: Helpful Hints and Tips


Drip. Drip. Drip. Every drop counts. Many people consider a leaky faucet a mere annoyance but if every household in America and Canada had a faucet that dripped once each second, 928 million gallons of water a day would leak away, according to the American Water Works Association (AWWA). That’s a lot, considering the AWWA predicts the average household uses approximately 146,000 gallons of water each year, but water is wasted in more ways than through a leaky faucet. 

We've compiled a list of helpful  hints and tips for conserving water:

For those who insist on rinsing dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, wash them in a basin of cold water rather than under a running faucet of hot water. Be vigilant about turning off the water when shaving or brushing your teeth. Only run the dishwasher and washing machine when they are full.

Water can also be wasted because of a lack of maintenance. Check all the faucets, hoses and appliances that use water in your house for leaks and drips. You would be surprised at how much water you can conserve by checking your plumbing fixtures.

Finally, examine your toilets — you may be flushing your money down the toilet and not even know it. They account for almost 30 percent of all indoor water use, and most of the time they are the biggest culprits of wasting water. For example, a leaky toilet can waste about 200 gallons of water a day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Just by listening you can tell if your toilet is running, but to check the water level, you’ll have to open the toilet tank.

If you are willing to spend the money on a new toilet it will actually save you money each month on water and wastewater bills. A low-flow toilet requires only 1.6 gallons of water per flush and an ultra-low-flow toilets use just 1.28 gallons per flush. Compare both to toilets made before 1994 that use 3.5 to 7 gallons for each flush. By replacing your toilet, you could save 7,900 to 21,700 gallons of water a year!

Not sure if you have a leak? Follow this advice from service professionals:

First, check your toilet for silent leaks by putting several drops of dark food coloring into your toilet tank. If the dye appears in the bowl, you need to replace the valve seal ball or flapper at the bottom of the tank or adjust or replace the fill valve.

Experts recommend replacing flappers and fill valves every couple of years to prevent a running toilet. A new flapper will seal properly, and a new fill valve will prevent overfilling or filling too slowly.

Also, lift the tank lid to fix the problem if water continues to flow after flushing – don’t just jiggle the handle. Adjust the chain if the flush valve flapper is hung up and not sitting down properly. If that doesn’t work, adjust the float ball so it doesn’t go down as far.

Last, it is not advisable to use chlorine tablets or any other chemical cleaner in the toilet tank. Chemicals corrode the metals and destroy the rubber seals. They could also kill the active bacteria that keep the septic tank working properly. 

Home repair stores carry these parts. For those who aren’t do-it-yourselfers, contact a qualified plumber to diagnose and fix the problem.


  • Fix leaky toilets and fixtures as soon as they are detected
  • Take quick showers rather than full-tub baths
  • Don’t run the water while brushing your teeth, shaving or washing your face
  • Stopper the sink when rinsing fruits and vegetables
  • Run your dishwasher and washing machine only with full loads
  • Use proper water level settings for laundry
  • Install on demand hot water dispenser
  • Install low-flow toilets, shower heads and faucet aerators
  • Consider a re-circulating hot water system 
  • When replacing washer, consider a front load unit (uses 30% less water and 50% less energy than a top load unit)
  • Flush toilets and use garbage disposals only when necessary
  • Check your water meter monthly for possible leaks
  • Use water remaining in drinking glasses to water plants
  • Perform maintenance on water heater annually


  • When washing cars, use a nozzle that turns off automatically
  • Use drought-tolerant plants in the garden
  • Know where your master water shut off valve is located and show everyone in the household 
  • Test the water shut off valve frequently to ensure it works
  • Position sprinklers so they are not spraying the house, sidewalks, street or driveway
  • Don’t water when it is windy
  • Maintain your sprinkler system as it suffers from normal wear and tear, which reduces the efficiency
  • Sweep rather than hose off sidewalks, patios, decks and driveways
  • Cover swimming pools when not in use to prevent evaporation
  • Mulch flower beds to keep soil cooler and reduce water loss
  • Turn off sprinkler systems during cool or rainy weather
  • Contact your water service district for a personalized irrigation schedule
  • Check pressure-regulating valve

Thanks to tax credits, making your home more energy efficient is no longer a hard on your pocketbook. Take advantage of this opportunity, and save money by improving your home’s plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems.

Consumers can apply the credit to the setting up of the following higher efficiency items:

  1. central air conditioners
  2. water heaters
  3. furnaces
  4. boilers
  5. air source heat pumps.

Visit www.irs.gov for more information on the Economic Stimulus Plan. For a full list of eligible products, go towww.energystar.gov.


Getting Bathtubs White Again


A clean, inviting bathroom is one of life’s little luxuries. After all, you’re much more likely to use that big soaking tub or spa shower if you can do so in a clean, relaxing environment. While keeping the floor mopped, toilet scrubbed and trash emptied is straightforward enough, there is one problem you may not know how to tackle—a grubby bathtub. If you want to make that tub bright white again, keep these tips in mind. Removing rust in your bathtub

  • Is it Dirt, Scum or Rust? – Before you start wiping away at the stains and discoloration, it is important that you identify exactly what the problem is. Dirt will generally wipe away with just a soft cloth and water, soap scum may require the need of a heavy duty chemical, but should wipe away easily, but rust removal is hard, especially rust stains in the bathtub—unless you use a specialty rust stain removal product like Super Iron Out. 
  • Start Small – You do not have to clean the whole tub at one time. Breaking it into individual tasks can make it seem more manageable.
  • Take it Easy – You may not always have to use a scouring brush to get a tub clean. Use the lightest, softest cleaning tool you can get away with. It will protect your finish.
  • Rinse Well – No matter what type of product you’re using to clean your tub, take time to rinse the surface really well when you are done. Built on cleaner residue can cause soap scum, plus it is not very inviting to take a bath in a tub that still has chemicals from the last cleaning job.
  • Remember the Details – When cleaning your tub, it is easy to remove rust, scrub the scum and make the tub nice and shiny while forgetting things like the faucets and hardware. If you do this, you’ll never have that upscale, inviting look you desire.

Once you have your tub looking bright white again, you are well on your way to that spa-like oasis you have always dreamed your bathroom could be. Just remember, put in a little effort to keep your tub clean and you will not have to go through the annoying, difficult cleaning process again. 


12 Tips to Help You Reduce Energy Consumption


There are so many ways that you can reduce energy consumption. These tips will not only help you save money on your utility bills, they will also help you conserve our natural resources. Some of the ideas are common sense; others may be things you haven't thought of before. With the winter months and rising energy prices heading toward us, it's time to get serious about conservation.

Reduce Energy Use

This is somewhat common sense. Turn off lights when you leave a room. Turn off televisions, radios, computers and other media devices when they aren't in use. You should also unplug your coffee maker and other appliances that aren't used constantly. Even having them plugged in draws a tiny bit of electricity. It may only be a few pennies on your bill each month, but it adds up over the year.


National Recycling CoalitionAnother way to reduce energy consumption is to recycle. Many cities are now adopting programs that let you toss all of your recyclables in the same bin and set it out by the curb. If this isn't the case in your area, you can still make recycling simple. Set

up several bins in your kitchen, garage, basement or other area around the house. One for newspaper, another for plastic, one for cans, and so on. Then toss your recyclables in the proper bin, and take them to the recycling facility on a regular basis.  Some of these things, such as aluminum cans, can actually be sold and put some money back in your pocket. Not only that, but this list shows how much energy can be saved by recycling common household items.

Light Bulbs

Some types of light bulbs use much more energy than others. Switch out your old, energy-sucking light bulbs for new ones that use less electricity. And don't forget to recycle the old light bulbs properly. Most cities have special recycling facilities for light bulbs, batteries, electronics and related items.

Keep Appliances Clean

Glisten Appliance CleanersKeeping appliances clean is another area where you can reduce energy consumption. By using appliance cleaners like Glisten Cleaners  you can save hundreds of dollars a year - these products clean your appliances to like-new efficiency. Cleaned appliances function with less energy consumption than those that are dirty or not well-kept. Glisten Dishwasher Magic intensively removes lime, rust, grease and other build up that affects the machines energy use and performance.  It will improve water jet circulation, lowers electrical consumption and lessens the risk of break down, extending the life of the machine.  Dishwasher Magic is also the only EPA-registered Disinfectant* for cleaning the dishwasher killing 99.9% of e-coli and salmonella.  Glisten Washer Magic removes abrasive build-up and energy sucking residue from hard to clean areas inside the washing machine drum.  That build-up and residue are also the cause of many odor issues inside the machine.  Glisten Disposer Care foams away grunge deep inside the garbage disposer cleaning sidewalls, blades under the splashguard and in the pipes; improving its performance and extending the life span of the unit.  Glisten Microwave Cleaner steams to soften messes and energy robbing grime.  Its patented foaming scrubber quickly and easily cleans the microwave oven.  

*Effective Disinfectant by the EPA – Dishwasher Magic is a limited disinfectant against gram-negative bacteria Eschericha coli (ATCC 11229) and Salmonella choleraesus (ATCC 10708)

Replace Appliances

Appliances affect energy usage. Keep them running with Glisten Appliance CleanerIf your appliances are beyond a simple cleaning, this is another area that can cause a huge difference in your utility bills. New energy efficient appliances can pay for themselves in just a couple of years of use, as they use much less electricity, gas, water and even cleaning products such as detergent. In addition, many utility companies offer rebates or buy-back programs that will pay you to upgrade to new models.

Replace Toilets

Your old toilet is likely using much more water than it needs to. You can upgrade the parts inside the toilet to reduce water use,but it is generally easier and more cost-efficient to upgrade to a new model. A new lower-flow toilet is generally less than $200.

And your water company may offer incentives to you for upgrading.

Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning supplies are another area where you can reduce energy consumption and save hundreds of dollars a year.  You can make your own cleaning supplies by finding recipes online. Vinegar, hot water, lemon juice,  baking soda, coffee grounds and other simple household items are great for cleaning. Plus, you save energy consumption by not purchasing cleaning supplies at the grocery store that are packaged in cans, bottles and plastic containers that need to be produced and recycled.


This is a huge factor in energy loss and increased utility bills. Weather-proof your house to cut down on your heating and cooling bills, and keep air inside your home. This includes treating the areas around windows and doors. You should also make sure

your crawlspace, attic and basement are properly insulated. Spray-foam insulation is one of the best methods for doing this. And don't forget to weather-proof around outlets, light switches and vents for maximum efficiency.

New Windows and Doors

This is another common way to decrease utility bills and energy consumption. Upgrade your existing windows and doors to newer models. New windows and doors will cut down on your heating and cooling costs. In addition, they will improve the look of your home and increase the resale value should you decide to sell. And again, some utility companies and homeowners insurance providers offer incentives and rebates when you replace your old windows and doors.


Did you know that a garden can reduce your energy consumption and save you money? Home-grown fruits and vegetables taste better, are healthier for you and the act of gardening has actually been shown to reduce stress. Plus, you save money by not having to drive somewhere to purchase these food items. A nd your garden will help improve the environment, as well.


If you drive a lot, combine trips to save on energy consumption and reduce your costs for fuel, maintenance on your vehicle and cut down on pollution. When you can, share rides with others. You can also walk, ride a bicycle, or rollerblade to where you need to go. Some people have downgraded to a motorcycle or motor scooter to save money and enjoy the nicer weather on pretty days.


Your roof is another aspect of your home that can cost you a lot of money on utility fees. If your roof is more than ten years old, it's probably time to think about an upgrade. Likewise, if your newer roof has not been insulated well, you are losing money by allowing treated air to escape from your home. Upgrade your old roof or have the new roof insulated better to cut down on energy use.


This is another area where many people consume a lot of energy and don't even realize it. Recycle your old cell phones, smartphones, tablets, laptops, computers, printers and other electronics. Many stores and facilities will accept these for free. Some newer electronics actually have value and can be sold to places online. You can also find local schools, colleges and universities that accept these items for recycling. A s well, some organizations accept old cell phones to give to women's shelters and military personnel serving overseas.


How to Remove Scary Rust Stains in the Sink


One of the worst ways to start your day is staring at a dirty, unpleasant rust stain in the sink while you are brushing your teeth. Those pesky rust stains do not just wipe away, and the longer you let them sit, the worse they get. However, it is possible to get rid of them—if you know how to get rid of rust, the right way.

  • Don’t Keep Doing the Same Old Thing – You’ve tried bathroom cleaners, home remedies and other products over and over. They may reduce the stains, but they do not completely remove the rust. Luckily, trying a new product may help. Super Iron Out is not the same old cleaner. It is designed for one purpose—to remove rust from the surfaceRust in sink
  • Tools Matter – While you may be able to get some results by just using an old towel or cloth, a good scrub brush or scouring pad can help. Just make sure you choose a tool that will not harm the surface of your sink. You should be able to find this out by reading the owner’s manual.
  • Apply Elbow Grease – Using Super Iron Out is easy,  simply wet the area that needs to be cleaned. Apply the powder to damp sponge or cloth and rub lightly until stains are gone. Don't forget to rinse after the stains have been removed. Save your elbow and use Super Iron Out. 
  • Stay at It – Rust removal is not a one-time job. You will need to stick with it. Remove the rust in your sink today and check again next week. Chances are the stains will reappear. Do not give up, just stick with it and see what you can do to reduce the chances it will come back (like fixing that annoying leak!). Use Super Iron Out as needed when stains reappear. 

Once you understand how to remove rust stains, you will find that it is well worth your effort to get rid of them. Just remember, as the old saying goes: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Once you have a nice, clean, rust-free sink, keep it that way. By taking proactive measures, you can avoid the buildup of rust that will cause you frustration as well as hard work.


Testimonial: Jane L.

We had a high priced well water treatment system, which became too costly to maintain and iron was still present anyway causing rust stains so, we disconnected the system. We now have a major iron problem---red basins, orange tubs & sinks, dirty looking dishes, etc. We tried using a lot of elbow grease with various cleaning products which claim to remove rust stains---none worked to our satisfaction, not even close.

I saw the powder form of Super Iron Out Rust Stain Remover in the grocery store and decided to give it a try. I followed the directions in cleaning one of our toilets. It didn't work as well as I had hoped, but I used it in our second bathroom. I decided to let it set a little longer. In doing so, I fell asleep. A few hours later, when I awoke, the toilet and tank were clean and I didn't have to do any scrubbing. AMAZING! I now use the powder form of Super Iron Out for any large jobs and the easy liquid spray form for any touch-up jobs.

I have been looking for the Super Iron Out Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner tablets WITHOUT SUCCESS.   I can't wait to try them too!
by: Jane L

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Testimonial by: Linda C.

Started to get rust stains in the shower and toilets, about six months ago. I tried everything and nothing worked to clean them.

I did some further research on the internet and your product Super Iron Out came up.

Went to Lowes and purchased the spray, came home and sprayed in toilets and tanks and the rust stains just melted away. I couldn't be more happier. I've cleaned the shower with it as well.

I picked up the powder and put it in the water softener, it clean the rust right out of the in-coming water.

So many uses for the powder...  I have also put it in the dishwasher and washing machine to remove rust stains.

Great product, thank you.

by: Linda C.


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