Is Limescale leaving a nasty taste in your mouth?
There’s nothing like taking a break with a lovely cuppa. The water that comes out of our taps can have natural variances, based on your location in the UK. People in Scotland and the Lake District claim to have the best drinking water in the UK. This BBC article explains why water tastes different around the country.
One of the taste factors is water hardness. Water in the north is generally 'softer' than the south ie it has very few natural mineral deposits in it. But people in hard water areas can gleefully declare that those mineral deposits have health benefits, even if the resulting 'brew' may appear to leave a film in your mug. You'll probably also notice that your shampoo doesn't lather as readily.
What certainly isn't up for debate though is the damage that these mineral deposits can have on appliances. The most visible signs of limescale in the home are greenish white deposits in the base of your kettle and on the edge of taps. As well as being unsightly, the existence of limescale on your appliances reduces their effectiveness and can lead to premature failure as elements are corroded and pipes blocked. Limescale can affect your washing machine, kettle, dishwasher and iron to name but a few.
How to tackle limescale
Prevention is better than cure
Water softeners use sodium to replace the calcium in the water - the same principle applies when we advise using Soda Crystals in each wash. Soda Crystals are also known as sodium carbonate, and work to soften the water in your washing machine, making laundry detergents work better and preventing limescale from sticking to heating elements.
Soda Crystals also help to remove stains on clothing, as well as detergent build up in the machine. Use between 50g-100g in each wash and you will also find that you don’t need to use as much detergent (just follow the soft water dose). There's more information for taking care of your washing machine.
Fight fire with fire!
Because limescale is alkaline, acidic cleaners like White Vinegar and Citric Acid work best at removing it. They work even better if the solution is heated as it speeds up the reaction between the alkali and acid.
Go to our tips page for more appliance specific advice.