It never fails.
I move into a new place and spend the next week marveling over how the previous owners lived in such disgusting filth. I scrub down the bathtub six or seven times to make sure I’ve removed all traces of dirt and swear that I’ll never let things return to such a horrible state. Time passes, and after a year or so the hard water stains seem like they’ve always been there. The tub’s gleaming white porcelain finish is but a distant memory… until yesterday, when my teenage son requested a bottle of CLR.
CLR = Calcium Lime Rust [Remover]
Now, my teenager is pretty industrious, so I figured he had an interesting use for this hardcore cleaning product. No, he needed it to remove the hard water buildup in his shower. Imagine my shame when I looked at my bathtub and recognized it had achieved an acceptable level of filth – the level at which I’m comfortable but anyone else would be completely grossed out.
Armed with determination to banish the filth, my son and I headed to the dollar store. The “fancy” bathroom cleaning products weren’t up to the task; we wanted the caustic, inexpensive off-brand stuff. I chose The Works, the teenager selected a bottle of RLC.
RLC = Rust Lime Calcium [Remover]. Clever.
$2, one hour, and some considerable effort later, we managed to restore our respective bathrooms to acceptable levels of clean… and now the rest of house looks filthy in comparison.