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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Plumbing.

In this Badge Bit, you will fix a clean/decalcify a faucet aerator.  (Note that this BB is part of a 6-part choose your own adventure list BB called the Tiny List. You must complete six Badge Bits in the Tiny List.)

Here are some articles on how to clean a faucet aerator:
  - Clearing a Blocked Faucet Aerator
  - How to Clean a Faucet
  - Unclog a Kitchen Faucet Aerator
  - Slow Water From Your Faucet? Clean the Aerator

And here are some videos on cleaning a faucet aerator:

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 - clean/decalcify a faucet aerator

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
  - a before picture of the running faucet with view of the aerator
  - an in progress shot of you cleaning/decalcifying the faucet aerator
  - an after picture of the running faucet with view of the aerator
  - a description of the method (and cleaners, if any) of cleaning
  - OR a 2-minute video of you doing this
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I chose this as my first attempt at the 6-part BB. Here it is.

Here's a before shot of the calcified aerator.

The first step in cleaning our aerator was to rinse off debris from the plumbing. This was caught in the strainer and dumped outside.

After rinsing the aerator and spray wand were soaked in white vinegar to dissolve the buildup. This bag sat in the sink and allowed me to zip up against the hose.

After a long soak the aerator was scrubbed with a stainless steel brush.

I also scrubbed the sprayer with the brush.

A nice clean aerator for the kitchen sink!

A nice clean sprayer as well!

Staff note (Mike Haasl):

I certify this BB complete!

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I just took a shot at this one myself.  The faucet wasn't calcified but it was plugged up with debris.  I cleaned it out mainly with water in another sink but also soaked it in hydrogen peroxide just to cover all my bases.  The improvement in flow is hard to see but that's because when it first was noticeable, I rubbed the underside of the aerator which improved it a bunch (but didn't really fix the issue).
Before (after rubbing aerator with finger to get it decent)
Before (after rubbing aerator with finger to get it decent)
Gunk on top side of aerator
Gunk on top side of aerator
Gunk on bottom side
Gunk on bottom side
Soaking in hydrogen peroxide
Soaking in hydrogen peroxide
All done!
All done!
Staff note (Nicole Alderman):

I hereby certify that this badge bit is complete!

So there I was, trapped in the jungle. And at the last minute, I was saved by this tiny ad:
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