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Win the war against limescale!

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.

Drinking tea

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.

Videos

Removing limescale from a kettle

Removing limescale from a coffee machine

Go to our tips page for more appliance specific advice.

 

Citic acid used to descale a kettle

6 thoughts on “Win the war against limescale!

  1. Apologies of this is the wrong thread- but I would like to make a plea PLEASE KEEP MAKING THE 50% STRONGER WHITE VINEGAR, I”VE JUST DISCOVERED IT AND ITS THE ONLY THING I HAVE FOUND THAT CLEARS MY SHOWER CUBICLE OF LIMESCALE ON THE GLASS AND BELIEVE ME I HAVE TRIED EVERYTHING OUT THERE. ALSO IT IS BRILLIANT AT CLEANING WEE CRYSTAL BUILD UP IN CATHETER leg BAGS AND NIGJT BAGS FOR MY HUSBAND WHO HAS PARKINSON’S DISEASE AND HAS URINARY ISSUES. HAVE MERCY ON A HARD PRESSED CARER who has just found a brilliant product to make my life easier. Many thanks for listening. Hope it doesn’t fall on deaf ears.

    1. Hi Patricia – due to the success of the product, we have no plans to delist it, even though we launched it initially as a limited edition spring cleaning product. We’re really pleased that you’re loving our Extra Strength White Vinegar.

    1. Hi Nuala – although our Bicarb and Citric Acid are of the highest quality food grade, they aren’t packed on a food safe line. This means that they don’t have the same extensive sieve systems and metal checkers to all but eliminate any risk of a foreign object entering the packed product. So for legal reasons, we aren’t allowed to market it for such purposes. But anecdotally, we know that LOTS of people use it for such purposes (especially during elderflower season), largely because they’re able to check what it is coming out of the box and can therefore spot if any other material has gotten in at packing stage. I do hope that this clarifies matters for you, but please don’t hesitate to call us on 0115 9325165 if you have any further questions.

  2. I buy DriPak products in my local hardware shop. White vinegar is glass bottles from Waitrose. I don’t buy anything in single use plastic, except essential medicines. If it’s in single use plastic, find an alternative, if not, do without it.

    1. Hi Janette – thanks for your comment. There’s comment on this matter on this blog page, along with an update from us.

      We believe that recycled plastic would have a better overall sustainable profile than glass….which is heavier, more fragile, requires more energy to produce and ship. Any consumption has an impact so it’s weighing up ALL the issues, not just the one right in front of you. Plastic pollution in the oceans is largely an issue that originates with developing and third world countries, so that needs addressing too. It’s not really an issue caused bu UK consumers.

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