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If you live in an area with hard water, then you may have noticed that you have an issue with limescale. Scale can build up on your bathtub, your shower wall, in your kettle, and in appliances such as your washing machine. In some cases, scale is just a cosmetic issue – it is not dangerous, but it is unsightly.

Scale in your kettle and in other cooking appliances can be a problem because it can impair the taste of your food and drink. Scale that builds up in other appliances can damage heating elements and cause problems with the appliance in general, potentially breaking it and costing you money for a repair or replacement.

Removing Minerals From Water

Descalers can help because they can remove the minerals from the water. Things like salt-free water softeners are, in essence, descaling systems – instead of doing what it sounds like they, do, which is soften the water, they will actually remove the scale from the water. The minerals that are typically suspended in your water will be removed before they can do damage to your appliances or deposit themselves in your bathtub.

Water descaling systems are good for removing those deposits, but they don’t make the water ‘soft’, so you don’t get the benefits or improved lather and a nicer feeling when you’re in the shower. It’s important that you learn the difference between a descaler and a softener, so that you get the right appliance or tool for the job that you really want done.

Descaling After The Fact

If you have a coffee maker, kettle, or other appliance that has a problem with scale build up, then it’s a good idea to invest in some descaling agent to remove that build up of limescale. You can use a number of chemical descalers. There are liquid, powder and tablet options. The easiest descalers to use are liquid ones – all you need to do is pour them into the device, add a little more liquid if necessary, and then let it run through the device. With powder or tablet descalers you will need to mix the descaler before you use it.

Do not use vinegar as a descaling agent for a kettle or a coffee machine. Vinegar can be quite harsh and might actually damage the machine. Even if it does not, it can leave a strong odor, and it could impair the taste of the beverages that you use. Some people do swear by running white vinegar through a washing machine to get rid of any scale build up, but that’s not something that is recommended either. Most washing machine makers will have their own products that they recommend and you would be better off sticking to those recommendations. Yes, it may cost a little extra to buy the kind of descaling products that they suggest, but it makes more sense to spend a few extra dollars now than find that your service or warranty agreement is void because you used the wrong products. For more information visit the website at or contact us.