Hello. How’s it going?
I live in Santa Barbara and we have very hard water in these parts. Yes, hard water makes for a squeaky clean feel when you get out of the shower (which I actually prefer over the slippery “did I wash all the soap off of me?” feel of soft water.) However, hard water also leaves annoying spots and permanent “etching” on glassware like this . . .
“Oh hello guest, here’s your glass of water, I promise the glass isn’t dirty, it’s just hard water stains. WAIT! DON’T LEAVE!”
I’ve tried getting rid of these stains with good ol’ vinegar and a variety of dishwasher tablets, but it never really works and the hard water stains just keep coming back. So here is my once and for all solution:
At first glance that might look like a plastic cup, but in fact it’s white, opaque glass. I figured the white glass would camouflage the darn stains. What if the hard water stains turned the white glass clear? That would be weird AND annoying. Anywho, these were only $1.49 each at Ikea. What a steal. Problem solved.
They are a little on the petite side. Here it is next to a pear . . . (why?)
And since I don’t really live anywhere near an Ikea (but happened to be near one recently) I picked up a few other “necessities” too. Here they are in case you are interested . . .
(PS everything seems WAY affordable at Ikea which can be dangerous if you haven’t been there in ages, like me. I definitely had to weed out some of those “do I really need these?” items before I narrowed it down to the below)
- Stripe Pillow Cover 6.00 (I love a stripe and a toile combo.) Inner pillow cushion, 6.99
- Ribba Picture Frame, 19.99 (The Ribba comes in a variety of colors, hard to tell in the photo, but this one is a really sleek high gloss gray. Great price for a large 19 inch x 27 inch frame matte included. Yay, I can finally frame some dang prints that have been lying around for ever.)
- Round Serving platter, 9.99 (I think I might have a mini hoarding problem with platters that would be cute for cheese displays. This one is nice and heavy and made of stone wear.)
- Mason Jar, 4.49 (couldn’t pass up a cute and large mason jar, x 2)
- Cocktail Napkins, 1.49 (white cocktail napkins go with any entertaining occasion. Shows that you care a little more than folding a paper towel four times into a square.)
- White glass tumbler, 1.49 (take that, hard water stains. I got 6 of them.)
- Toile Pillow Cover, 5.oo (This one even has some nice piping detail.)
- Wide soup bowl, 3.99 (I’m finally replacing some old hand me downs. These kind of remind me of Ina Garten.)
- Dry food storage container, 2.99 (wow, totally affordable and very durable quality. They had an endless variety at Ikea.)
Guess I should get all that stuff off the dining room table now. . .
Until next Monday,
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