Limescale is the result of excess minerals such as calcium and magnesium in water and can turn sparkly new kitchens very old, very quickly.
The excess minerals turn water ‘hard’ and leaves limescale around taps, in bits in kettles and leaves a builds up around the heating elements of dishwashers, washing machines, coffee makers and heaters.
It prevents toilets from flushing properly and forms a dark rim around the water edge of the bowl. If left untreated, limescale harms water pipes and household appliances, forcing appliances to work harder and pushing up energy bills.
How to treat
- Soften your water with water softening tablets, or gels that you pop into the washing machine drum, for example. The softener binds with the minerals, reducing them, and leaving no trace on your clothes
- Use filtered water for kettles and coffee makers
- Flush appliances regularly with a solution of vinegar and water (in equal parts) to reduce build up
- Use a limescale remover – but beware – not all removers are earth friendly – some contain toxic elements which are harmful to your skin and your water supply
Green limescale removers
Regular use of a limescale remover will keep your appliances clean and healthy and last longer as well reducing your energy bills. EcoZone have a range of limescale removers designed for hard water areas with tough limescale build-up. Their range includes:
- Iron and kettle descaler
- Magnoball – a quirky little gadget for your washing machine or dishwasher that promises to replace the need for water softener as well as reducing detergent use by 70%. Magnoball crystallises limescale particles in the water so limescale doesn’t clog pipes or collect on clothes, and it lasts for up to 10 years!
- Magnaloo – using a magnet rather than chemicals to treat limescale – the calcium carbonate does not form a hard ring around the loo, but instead flows out of the toilet with the water. Guaranteed for 5 years.
For more information visit EcoZone