CLEANING YOUR STEAMER

24 Mar 2015

hair face steamer mineral build up
 
I own a hair/face steamer and this is what I believe helped my hair flourish last year. My lack of deep conditioning with the help of the steamer really showed in the way my hair looked and felt. I'm going to get my hair assessed next week so I'll let you know how much damage I've really done to my hair.

Alas, this post isn't technically about my hair, its more to do with the steamer. I bought it off eBay for £50 I think, totally bummed when the price dropped to £30. Search for it, its not a particular brand but you will definitely find it.

 As long as I've had this steamer - (which is about a year now) - I've never looked at the metal coil. I was reading Just Grow Already blog and remembered she had a post about how to get rid of mineral build up. Honestly, I'm a little bit embarrassed that I allowed the build up to get to this - procrastination is of the devil. I didn't know how to clean it but Google has always been my friend and the process was so easy, so there was really no excuse.
 
I filled the container with water (I always use bottled water) just enough to cover the coil and then I added about 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. I left it to work its magic for an hour. It had done such a good job but there was still a few areas that weren't completely clean so I switched the steamer on (I don't know if this is good or bad but it worked) and let the coil heat up for 3 minutes.
 
Once the water had cooled down, I checked the coil and the build up was completely gone. I did wiped it down just to make sure it was clean but now that I know how to do this, I vow to never ever let it get to the horrible state in the picture above. The difference is so clear now - I'm very pleased!
 
mineral build up

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