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Oust All Purpose Descaler
Member Name: suziebenn
Oust All Purpose Descaler
Advantages: Quick simple and effective
This is a wonderful descaler for most small household appliances, including electric kettles, steam irons, coffee machines and shower heads. As I live in a very hard water area I have a massive lime scale problem and have found this the best all round descaler for my small appliances.
A build up of lime scale, looks ugly particularly in kettles, damages the elements in the appliance and can cause marks on fabrics if allowed to build up in your steam iron.
Oust will remove heavy limes scale deposits in around 10 minutes full instructions are on the pack for each appliance and on the weekend I used it on my iron and kettle which prompted me to write this review so I will example these for this purpose.
First of all certain precautions must be taken to ensure that this product does not go in the eyes as this can cause serious damage so be careful not to splash the products when using. It is also irritating to the skin so if you do happen to get some on the skin wash with plenty of water immediately.
For use with the kettle
Half fill the kettle with cold water and bring to the boil, do not add more than half the kettle as the liquid once added will fizz up so you do not want it to overflow.
Once the kettle has boiled, unplug the kettle and carefully and slowly add the sachet of oust descaler, I usually run it down the inside of the kettle to avoid splashing.
Empty the kettle and re-boil to remove residue chemicals, then rinse the kettle with plenty of cold water. The product works exceptionally well in the kettle and should remove all traces of lime scale with one application.
For use with the iron
Read manufactures instructions prior to using this in the iron to make sure that you can use commercial descalers in it. If so pour one sachet of oust into the water chamber, I use the little plastic water filler that came with the iron for this it is easier than getting it in than with the sachet without dripping any, then top up with water, put the iron on the steam setting and leave for 10 minutes to allow the product to clear the steam holes. Empty the chamber and repeat with plain water to rinse.
I couldn't believe how much steam came out of my iron after I had used this; I hadn't descaled it since I bought it some 3 years ago and was thinking I might need a new iron, but it seems as good as new now.
A second application can be used if necessary for stubborn lime scale but I have used it on my kettle quite a few times and never had to do this.
I also had a slow running shower a couple of months ago, Oust sorted that out, all you need to do is remove the shower head put approximately ½ pint of hot water in a jug and add the shower head, leave for 10 minutes, and if lime scale is the problem as it was in my case, then Oust should shift it and the shower head will run normally again.
It is recommended to keep your small appliances in tip top condition to descale them every 3 months in a hard water area, and every 6 months in a soft water area.
Oust All Purpose Descaler can be found in most supermarkets or hardware stores and is currently £1.48 for a pack of 3 sachets at Tesco.
Summary: Excellent product