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Is there a de-scaling treatment for washing machines, like you get for kettles?

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misdee Fri 22-Aug-08 19:49:29

a one treatment thing, or some quick treatments, as despite maintance washing etc, my machine is scaling up.

southeastastra Fri 22-Aug-08 19:50:37

don't you use calgon tut tut grin

FrazzledFairyFay Fri 22-Aug-08 19:51:17

I have seen one in Sainsburys but not sure of the name. It was in the washing powder isle

misdee Fri 22-Aug-08 19:52:01

never needed to before, but this machine is succumbing to the dreaded limescale.

misdee Fri 22-Aug-08 19:52:45

but yes will be getting the calgon this week for it.

[pats bosch fondly]

combustiblelemon Fri 22-Aug-08 20:56:14

The one on the right is really good.

Ivegotaheadache Mon 25-Aug-08 08:06:10

I live in a very soft water area (absolutely no limescale on kettle ect), would I still need to use Calgon?

Anna8888 Mon 25-Aug-08 08:07:14

Yes. Klar. Try asking for it in a hardware store.

PinkyDinkyDooToo Mon 25-Aug-08 21:28:56

I just got some tablets from Aldi, sheaper than Calgon. Not used them yet, so don't know how goos they are

BecauseImWorthIt Mon 25-Aug-08 21:30:09

My goodness woman, how have you got to the age you are without seeing the Calgon adverts on the telly?!

Turniphead1 Mon 25-Aug-08 21:46:01

Someone worked out that to use Calgon with every wash (as advised by the manufacturers) it would actually just be cheaper to replace your washing machine a year earlier. It's expensive.

BecauseImWorthIt Mon 25-Aug-08 21:49:12

I used its dishwasher equivalent once, and it wrecked my dishwasher. It was the limescale that was holding the heating element together!

susiecutiebananas Mon 25-Aug-08 21:53:14

I think that Calgon only helps with elimminating the lime scale build up, rather than actually getting rid of it if its gone a bit too far... its v expensive and i don't use it. I should, as I live in v hard water area. kettle pops and rattles all the time!

Anway, there are products which can be used as a once only immediate effect, but i'm so sorry, I can't remember the names... more than one on market though...

That calgon advert really bugs me. Its jingle, is now jingling round my blardy head... washing machines live longer with Calgon... just incase it's not in your head... it is now! grin

< runs >

Tilia Mon 25-Aug-08 22:06:59

I've managed to avoid the Calgon advert by not watching adverts on telly, so nobody start humming the tune at me! But when I had to buy some in my little local supermarket I nearly fell over at the price. I buy water-softening tablets at Lidl, and they seem to do the job fine. I am taking particular care of my new Bosch, a replacement last year for my Zanussi, which finally keeled over at the grand old age of 22, and hardly ever saw water-softener in all its long and faithful service blush. I was surprised to find that the new machine washes noticeably better, and the clothes don't come out so creased though it spins faster. And of course it uses a lot less water. So not everything was better back in the day. But whether the Bosch will beat the Zanussi for longevity I doubt.

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