Citric Acid For Limescale Removal (1 Viewer)

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Emmit

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We've just come back from France.

As soon as we left the Northern part, we noticed that the kettle started to 'fur' up.
It mattered little, whether we used gas or electric.
Obviously there was calcium in the water and it sets like concrete.

Wandering around, I think it was Intermarche, I went on the lookout for a limescale remover.

I bought the product shown in the photo. Four desertspoon in a litre of water in the kettle and boiling it a couple of times, transferring the water between the kettles sorted it out.
I think it cost €4 or thereabouts.
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Have been thinking of this for us, we live in a hard water area, but van gets affected too.
 

Riverbankannie

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We've just come back from France.

As soon as we left the Northern part, we noticed that the kettle started to 'fur' up.
It mattered little, whether we used gas or electric.
Obviously there was calcium in the water and it sets like concrete.

Wandering around, I think it was Intermarche, I went on the lookout for a limescale remover.

I bought the product shown in the photo. Four desertspoon in a litre of water in the kettle and boiling it a couple of times, transferring the water between the kettles sorted it out.
I think it cost €4 or thereabouts. View attachment 917991
Keep your tub and then you can use it for storage as the kilo bags from amazon are just plastic bags - well that’s what I do anyway 🙂
 
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Does a brilliant job of cleaning the cassette as well, never without it its safe to use on almost anything.(y)
 
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Great stuff isn’t it! I did two electric kettles, home and Motorhome and then used the same fluid, with some extra powder to clean out the cassette. I have to say, I’m a complete convert. Forget your dishwasher tabs and other things, a kilo of citric acid is the dogs gonads!
 
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Emmit

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Keep your tub and then you can use it for storage as the kilo bags from amazon are just plastic bags - well that’s what I do anyway 🙂

That tub was 500grms.

I reckon it was good value at whatever. I'll have another look in September.

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Lenny HB

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For the kettle I use white wine vinegar only 35 cents a litre always bring back a few litres from France,. Use it on the Motorhome boiler as well, Truma used to recommend it.

Citric acid works slightly better but more expensive and leaves a sticky residue that needs a lot of rinsing.

A mixture of the two makes an awesome descaler, great for the cassette.
 

makems

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I have a friend who is development chemist in the oil industry. I asked hime what I could use to remove efflourescence from some newly laid porcelain patio tiles as the manufacturer recommended their own acid at an eye-watering price. Citric acid he said - and it worked a treat. A bit too well actually because it started to dissolve the grout too!
 

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We live in Stockport.

This area has some of the softest water in the country. We mostly go away for weekends.

A week into our recent Outer Hebridean trip, the kettle started developing limescale.

Mrs CAB commented on this, noting that we don't experience this anywhere else we go.

We'll, I replied, we wouldn't, would we, 'cos we usually take our soft water with us :LOL:

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Yes, I buy Citric acid from amazon (£7.50 for 2kg) and use it for general descaling. Will probably use it in the Moho to clean out the water system too.
 

jumar

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For the kettle I use white wine vinegar only 35 cents a litre always bring back a few litres from France,. Use it on the Motorhome boiler as well, Truma used to recommend it.

Citric acid works slightly better but more expensive and leaves a sticky residue that needs a lot of rinsing.

A mixture of the two makes an awesome descaler, great for the cassette.
Hi Lenny, just found this reply you posted, I'm interested how you introduce the White wine vinegar into the boiler...it's something I think I should do sometime..Cheers..
 
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There is some evidence that drinking hard water is good for your heart, so when your BP goes up looking at the inside of your kettle just relax all that lovely hard water is doing you good! That’s what I tell myself anyway. Ours is dreadful.

Can’t get much harder than the chalky chilterns where we live! Good to know it’s keeping me fighting fit! ✔️🤣
 
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Can’t get much harder than the chalky chilterns where we live! Good to know it’s keeping me fighting fit! ✔️🤣
When we got our first brand new IH630RD when Nick retired I was so neurotic about it I’d check the hardness of the water at our first destination and if it was soft water we’d travel with 1/4 of a tank and fill on arrival! Oh how times change.Now it’s travel with full fresh and empty loo and grey like a sane person :giggle:
 

French Charlie

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We've just come back from France.

As soon as we left the Northern part, we noticed that the kettle started to 'fur' up.
It mattered little, whether we used gas or electric.
Obviously there was calcium in the water and it sets like concrete.

Wandering around, I think it was Intermarche, I went on the lookout for a limescale remover.

I bought the product shown in the photo. Four desertspoon in a litre of water in the kettle and boiling it a couple of times, transferring the water between the kettles sorted it out.
I think it cost €4 or thereabouts. View attachment 917991
I live in Nouvelle Acquitane in France and the water is so hard that not even the multitudinous amonite fossils have dissolved after millenia. 5ltr bottles of white vinegar from the local supermarket sorts out the MoHo, the kettle, the bathroom and all taps, and the shower cubicle at home. Cheap, simple, and very effective.

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gwyntaxi

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first ....drain boiler
ad vinegar to water tank.
vent boiler till water comes thru taps
switch off .... and leave a while
easy peasy
Are you talking about white vinegar or white wine vinegar? Are either safe to use to descale the truma boiler?
 

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