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Member Name: kaitlinsmummy
Advantages: Does exactly what it's supposed too.
Disadvantages: Is a little on the dear side.
I am not what you would deem as a gadget type person, I usually leave that sort of thing to my husband as he is obsessed with them, there is one of a few gadgets in the house though, that I do have to have a lot of dealings with, the washing machine for one!
I am lucky that i have only had to buy two washing machines since I have been living with my husband, (yes, I know touch wood, it will probably bloody blow up now!)
Of both of the machines I seem to suffer with the same problems, the first being the conditioner draw not working.
Now in fairness I was a little green with the first machine, well no-one had told me that you had to remove the draw and clean it manually to remove mildew and scum, I just assumed that the powder would clean it as it went through! (Bless, I was only 19 when I got my first place!)
The second problem I have had with both machines is the grease spots that mysteriously appear on the clothes, even though I knew they weren't there going into the machine.
With my second washing machine I as of course a bit more savvy in the cleaning methods, I cleaned the draw regularly, I wiped the seal and inside drum with bleach, always putting a wash on with old towels after to clear the drum of any left over bleach.
And still my bloody conditioner has stopped being sucked through the machine, (if you have any suggestions please feel free to message me to a solution).
I mentioned this to my mum one day and she suggested using the product I will now (finally!) review.
The product I will now review is - "Express ball - Calgon tablets"
I have always been a little dubious of this product, not least because of the irritating advert and annoying theme tune that sticks with you the entire day, you know the one -
"Washing machines live longer with Calgon.....", sod off, washing machines live longer the less amount of times you use them more like, unfortunately I have 4 people living in my house, so it certainly does a few loads a day!
I decided though, that after I noticed a grease spot on my husbands shirt that something had to give, and the tablets are certainly cheaper than a new machine.
Now usually I start with a description of the packaging and state that it holds all the usual information...blah, blah, but this packaging actually contains a lot of very usual information, all of which I will go through.
The tablets state that they clean away any limescale present in your machine, not only are the pipes cleaned through, but also any plastic and rubber parts in the machine, apparently these collect a lot of limescale crusting, this in turn deteriorates the parts making them disintegrate.
They effectively clean all the limescale away from any working part in your machine, obviously if the machine is very old and gunked up it probably won't make much difference, but as mine is relatively new I hoped it would clean it up as new.
After this had taken place, I gave mine a good few washes before I expected to see any result, the product claims that it will prevent limescale collecting on the parts again, thus improving the efficiency of the machine and all it's working parts, reduces the amount of washing powder needed due to the afore mentioned point and finally due to the machine not having to work as hard to wash with a shed load of limescale on every part weighing it down, it uses less electricity, fingers crossed!
The tablets were not quite what I was expecting. I was expecting something along the lines of an Ariel tablet, but these are more like the dishwasher tablets that my mum uses.
I says that with every wash, one Calgon tablet should be placed in the draw on top of your usual detergent, this again baffled me, with most of my washes the powder doesn't all go through, so here was this product telling me to expect a solid tablet with a plastic looking ball on the top to be dissolved and dispersed throughout my machine, cleaning and creating miracles in the 20 seconds it takes my detergent draw to flush through with water, ok that might be a slight exaggeration, but you know what I mean!
I decided that if was to completely clean the machine through I would use half a box, obviously one a load, then reduce my usage down to every other load, thus hopefully keeping the machine clean and keeping the cost of buying these down also.
I do exactly as the box tells me to do, I load the machine, I put the detergent in and place a tablet on the top of it. I don't bother putting conditioner in, I was hoping that would sort itself out after a couple of Calgon washes.
I have to be truthful, as soon as the machine starts up I get tempted to open the draw slightly to see what the tablet actually does when the water hits it, and the result was quite amazing.
As soon as the water hit's the tablet it almost fizzes away, I did check the box to see if this was what was supposed to happen, but there is no reference to the tablets actions anywhere, so I just stood and hoped it was having some sort of reaction to my new and cheap Asda washing powder ( review to come, lol!).
Once the load had finished I emptied the machine eagerly, not quite sure what I expected upon removing the clothes from the drum, but there was obviously nothing to report.
After a few washes I did notice that the clothes were coming out less, well how can I put it, less dishevelled and slightly softer to the tough.
There have been some rather large mildew stains on the rubber seal of the door for a while now, and even with a good bleach cleaning these didn't budge, but have since disappeared with the help from Calgon.
My conditioner draw has yet to regain consciousness though, but I live in hope that a revival mat be on the cards any day soon!
There have, however, been a dramatic reduction in the grease spots on the clothes, I have not had any new cases since using these tablets, and I don't know whether it is my imagination, whether my kids have been exceptionally clean recently or whether these tablets have helped this but there seems to be less of my kids clothes with stains.
Before using these tablets there were certain "incidents" that meant there were some stains that were never to be removed. (My son found a red marker pen, after painting his eye lids and mouth he decided to draw on his clothes too!).
As I mentioned earlier the product states that one should be used in every wash, I think if you have been using them for a while this maybe a little excessive, and the fact that for a box of 15 x 218g tablets it will cost you nearly four pounds, I think that one in every other load would still stop the limescale building up.
The product states that this can be used with all fabrics, causing no damage to even the most delicate of loads, there is also no visible scent to them, meaning the scent of your detergent is not tampered with.
I am a convert! This does seem to have done exactly what it promised to do. The clothes are coming out better with no more machine added stains, the drum and other visible parts to me, seem to be cleaner and so cleaning my clothes better. I can't of course comment on the insides of my machine, but as I have noticed a difference in my clothes I can only assume that are improved also.
As this is marketed as a green conscious product there is a website that you can visit for further information on energy efficiency, this is -
For more information on this particular product visit - www.calgon.co.uk
Thanks for reading x
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