Product Type: Other Brands Household Cleaning
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Oust All Purpose Descaler
Member Name: Tolteca
Oust All Purpose Descaler
Date: 10/06/13, updated on 14/07/13 (176 review reads)
Advantages: Descles kettles even in very hard water areas.
Disadvantages: Produces nasty fumes and is messy if you don't follow instructions.
Where I live, the water is so hard you could practically cut it with a butter knife. You can see limescale build up and it does kill kettles in the long run and cost more electicity and make horrible tea and coffee in the meantime. The only treatment to reduce these problems is regular de-scaling. My new kettle had reached the Must Descale Stage, so I bought something I knew would work - having extended the life of my old plastic kettle by several years.
I bought Oust.
It is idiot proof if you read the instructions. Fill the kettle half way, boil, place in sink and pour the contents of one of the three sachets you get in slowly. This froths up a bit and you leave for ten minutes before rinsing, boiling and rinsing again.
However, I was that idiot who did not read the instructions, having used the product before and being stupidly over confident.
I can tell you that if you pour the sachets into the half full kettle and then bring to the boil it will froth like a 1960's Doctor Who monster special effect. Then you will end up tossing it into the sink, spilling the boiling hot nasty stuff all over the kitchen worksurface, the floor and your hands and feet. You will then spend the next ten minutes throwing your entire stock of dry towels over the wet surfaces and washing off your hands and feet under lots of cold water. Followed by wondering where the world's largest and least wanted collection of tea towels have gone. Then pilling the wet towels into a bucket so they can go into the washing machine later this afternoon.
I have now done a second sachet and done it properly and my metal kettle is now gleaming and pretty again. The limescale in both sheet and clump form is gone, as per my previous experiences with Oust.
This product does work and does work well. You get three plastic sachets, which you cut open and pour. This avoids the problem of measuring out harsh chemicals which you get from bottles of descaler. The cardboard box has instructions on, just in case you don't read the ones on the sachet.
You can buy this product at all the main supermarkets as well as at Amazon. I got mine for £1.50 from the big Tesco. It will set you back £2.15 at Amazon.
It is also important to have the windows open while using this product as it will produce fumes. This is especially important for those os us with asthma. I made another mistake there and did not and had to take my inhaler as a result.
Learn from my mistakes and you won't regret it.
Follow my idiotic mistakes and you will still get a lovely clean kettle but you will also get an awful lot of washing and a pig of an asthma attack.
Summary: Good product, but should be used as per the instructions.
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