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Hi, everyone. I thought I was cleaning my bottles which I hadn't done since I found them 20 years ago or whatever. I've learned a couple things... 1. I didn't consider how ridiculously hard the water is here, and used tap water to soak and rinse them after using Mainline Cleaner to get the gunk out. 2. I need a better bottle brushes.
Which leads me to questions... 1. Can I use CLR or something to get rid of this atrocious calcium buildup I put on these? Is there a better way to get it off? I know I should get some distilled water. I just wasn't thinking. So that for sure... any other suggestions? 2. Did I ruin these?

THANK YOU FOR ANY HELP OR DIRECTION. I've already found some very useful advice I should have followed already, here.
 

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Cool ID bottles. I'm from the Boise area. Wish I could search there sometime but I'm stuck in FL.
 

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Cool ID bottles. I'm from the Boise area. Wish I could search there sometime but I'm stuck in FL.

Thank you! I need to get out and find some more around here. :) I've hunted in the Boise area, but it's been 20 years. Don't know if I could find much where I used to go. I hope YOU get to get back and explore sometime. But I'm SURE you find some great stuff in Florida.
 

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Thank you! I need to get out and find some more around here. :) I've hunted in the Boise area, but it's been 20 years. Don't know if I could find much where I used to go. I hope YOU get to get back and explore sometime. But I'm SURE you find some great stuff in Florida.
Glass is about the only that survives the swamps here. The problem is getting though the jungle to get to them.
 

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not so sure that's from Hard Water?

Yeah... I let them soak in this water for a couple of days. They didn't look like this before that. The water here does that. You should see my electric kettle. I was just being dumb.
 

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what did they look like before that? nice & clean?
 

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what did they look like before that? nice & clean?

Haha. No. So they were dirty, and filled with dirt, cork and stuff. I used Main Line Cleaner on them, soaking them in a bucket overnight. Then I rinsed them in the tub. They weren't cloudy. There was still dirt and residue, so I filled the bucket with water and let them soak figuring that would loosen the rest of the stuff up. But I got busy, so it was for a couple of days. Then they sat dry in the bucket for a week or so, and this film developed on them. THIS is them after I used CLR. But I didn't know how that would react, so I didn't let them soak in that for long, just brushed inside and scrubbed outside with a scrubby sponge.

But no... no film or opaque quality before.
 

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Here's one I didn't re-clean with CLR today. This is what most looked like, some worse. But not before the water soak.
 

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Just for clarity, this is my new spray nozzle for the garden hose...

It's been in use for about 2 months. This place kills coffee makers.
 

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