Cal gon

A chance to meet up with friends and have a chat - a general space with the freedom to talk about anything.
Post Reply
daffodiltulip
Barbara Good
Barbara Good
Posts: 124
Joined: Fri May 10, 2013 9:17 pm

Cal gon

Post: # 276893Post daffodiltulip
Mon Nov 25, 2013 6:14 pm

Does anyone know, is Calgon meant to remove limescale as well as protect against it?

User avatar
MKG
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 5131
Joined: Fri Mar 07, 2008 5:15 pm
Location: North Notts.

Re: Cal gon

Post: # 276894Post MKG
Tue Nov 26, 2013 1:58 am

Hi daffodiltulip

No, Calgon will NOT remove limescale. By all trustworthy reports, it doesn't do a great job at anything, really. In fact, those same reports say that it's simply not worth bothering with.

Mike
The secret of life is to aim below the head (With thanks to MMM)

User avatar
boboff
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1809
Joined: Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:29 am
Location: Gunnislake,Cornwall

Re: Cal gon

Post: # 276895Post boboff
Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:07 am

Diluted clear vinegar is good.
Millymollymandy wrote:Bloody smilies, always being used. I hate them and they should be banned.
No I won't use a smiley because I've decided to turn into Boboff, as he's turned all nice all of a sudden. Grumble grumble.
http://boboffs.blogspot.co.uk/

User avatar
MKG
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 5131
Joined: Fri Mar 07, 2008 5:15 pm
Location: North Notts.

Re: Cal gon

Post: # 276900Post MKG
Tue Nov 26, 2013 1:26 pm

Nah - tried that on chips, but it made 'em go soggy.
The secret of life is to aim below the head (With thanks to MMM)

daffodiltulip
Barbara Good
Barbara Good
Posts: 124
Joined: Fri May 10, 2013 9:17 pm

Re: Cal gon

Post: # 276931Post daffodiltulip
Wed Nov 27, 2013 7:20 pm

I got a look into the washing machine and there's quite an encrustation of limescale. I can't see vinegar at any strength doing anything to it. IS there anything on the market that can be used to remove it?

User avatar
boboff
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 1809
Joined: Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:29 am
Location: Gunnislake,Cornwall

Re: Cal gon

Post: # 276944Post boboff
Thu Nov 28, 2013 6:00 am

Vinegar.

Leave to soak

Remove
Millymollymandy wrote:Bloody smilies, always being used. I hate them and they should be banned.
No I won't use a smiley because I've decided to turn into Boboff, as he's turned all nice all of a sudden. Grumble grumble.
http://boboffs.blogspot.co.uk/

Crickleymal
Living the good life
Living the good life
Posts: 260
Joined: Wed Aug 17, 2011 1:16 pm
Location: Gloucester

Re: Cal gon

Post: # 276956Post Crickleymal
Thu Nov 28, 2013 11:44 am

You could try Fernox. it's available from most plumbing outlets including B&Q
Malc

High in the sky, what do you see ?
Come down to Earth, a cup of tea
Flying saucer, flying teacup
From outer space, Flying Teapot

daffodiltulip
Barbara Good
Barbara Good
Posts: 124
Joined: Fri May 10, 2013 9:17 pm

Re: Cal gon

Post: # 276962Post daffodiltulip
Thu Nov 28, 2013 6:17 pm

Bosch, I found, have their own, but it's a bit pricey and there's about a five pound p&p on top of that. Fernox isn't available near me and it's hard to see which is suitable for washing machines from websites, so I've plumped for Oust which is inexpensive and has free p&p. I hope it does the trick as there's quite a build up now from the hard water here after.

User avatar
diggernotdreamer
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 1843
Joined: Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:23 pm
Location: North West Ireland

Re: Cal gon

Post: # 276963Post diggernotdreamer
Thu Nov 28, 2013 6:21 pm

A budget water softener is ordinary washing soda, put in a bit with each wash and it also helps degrease so a laundry booster as well.

daffodiltulip
Barbara Good
Barbara Good
Posts: 124
Joined: Fri May 10, 2013 9:17 pm

Re: Cal gon

Post: # 276965Post daffodiltulip
Thu Nov 28, 2013 8:07 pm

I hope that isn't the same as "soda crystals" - I have used them from time to time with no obvious effect. I'm in the SE of England where it's very hard.

User avatar
Stonehead
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 2432
Joined: Wed Apr 12, 2006 2:31 pm
Location: Scotland
Contact:

Re: Cal gon

Post: # 277202Post Stonehead
Mon Dec 30, 2013 4:53 pm

When we lived in London we had a washing machine that scaled heavily. I used to buy a 5l bottle of pickling vinegar (the distilled white vinegar with 6%§ acidity) and pour that into the machine, then turned the tub manually every few hours and left it for at least 24 hours before doing a wash cycle with the machine empty. It worked well. Note, don't do a load of washing without doing the empty wash or you'll have clothes that stink of vinegar.
Image

User avatar
Green Aura
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 8651
Joined: Thu Feb 07, 2008 8:16 pm
latitude: 58.569279
longitude: -4.762620
Location: North West Highlands

Re: Cal gon

Post: # 277203Post Green Aura
Mon Dec 30, 2013 8:05 pm

That borax replacer, sodium sesqui something or other, is sold as a limescale remover. I use it along with my washing powder and although I haven't seen the inside of the machine it seems OK - very hard water here.
Maggie

Never doubt that you can change history. You already have. Marge Piercy

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. Anais Nin

User avatar
thesunflowergal
A selfsufficientish Regular
A selfsufficientish Regular
Posts: 859
Joined: Thu Feb 12, 2009 7:59 am
Location: Swindon

Re: Cal gon

Post: # 277264Post thesunflowergal
Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:56 pm

I was told to use Soda Crystals instead of Cal gon, it is meant to prevent a build up of limescale on the machine. Our last machine lived until it was 8, and then limescalewas not the cause of death :iconbiggrin: .
Stay at home Mummy to Orin 8, Trixie 6 and Temogen 4 . Also three Chickens Dottie, Poppy and Dr Mumbo. Three cats called Flossie and Pickle and Lexi.

Check out my blog:
http://ramblingsofasunflowergal.blogspot.co.uk/

Post Reply