Calgon is a remedy that has long been known to many, which is recommended to be used in addition to washing powder. However, not everyone knows what it is for, how it works, whether it is effective and to what extent. Consider these and other factors.
How to use Calgon
The instructions that come with any package of Calgon give dosage recommendations and explain that this product should be used depending on how hard the tap water is. For convenience and accuracy, and therefore economy, a 96 ml measuring cup is included with each Calgon package. How much Calgon should be poured into the washing machine:
- If the water is of medium hardness, 32 ml (one third of a measuring cup) will suffice.
- When the water is hard, you will need 64 ml (two-thirds of a cup).
- If the water in the tap is very hard, you will have to fill up 96 ml (a full glass).
Tablets are easier to use. One tablet is added per wash for any degree of water hardness.
When it is determined how much Calgon is needed for one wash, the housewives often have a reasonable question: where to pour Calgon in the washing machine (fill in the gel or lay the tablets)? After all, the washing machine has more than one compartment. Calgon needs to be poured into the main (largest) compartment — the same place where the powder is poured. You can just add it to the powder. It is not recommended to pour the substance directly into the drum of the machine where the laundry is placed.
The manufacturer also indicates that for maximum efficiency, Calgon should be used constantly, without missing a single wash.
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Composition and forms of release
Calgon is needed when washing in an automatic washing machine to soften the water. What substances are involved in this process?
All water contains calcium ions. And the main active substance of Calgon is sodium tripolyphosphate. The process of interaction of these two chemical elements provides water softening.
The composition of Calgon also includes such substances:
- polycarboxylates (up to 30%);
- microcrystalline cellulose (up to 15%);
- polyethylene glycol (up to 5%).
The manufacturer has provided for the ease of use of Calgon by developing three forms of release:
Calgon has a light and unobtrusive smell. The powder is convenient in that you can vary the dosage. It is convenient for those who have not very hard water to independently determine how much it needs to be filled up. This will save Calgon and not spill excess. They prefer to buy Calgon washing machine tablets when the water is very hard. Tablets are also convenient with precise dosage. The composition of the powder, and tablets, and gel are the same.
There are also different dosages of all three forms of Calgon release:
- powder packages are 0.55 kg, 1 kg, 1.6 kg;
- tablets are packaged in boxes of 12, 15, 32, 35, 40, 70 pieces;
- the gel is available in bottles of 0.75 l, 1.5 l, 2 l.
Calgon is needed not only for softening water. It prevents the appearance of scale on the heating element, and it is scale that often becomes the reason that one day the washing machine will need the help of a specialist. To prevent repairs, the manufacturer of Calgon recommends adding it to the powder with each wash. (See also: How to clean the washing machine from scale and dirt)
What are the main advantages Calgon boasts:
- Saving washing powder (since less is needed in softened water than in hard water).
- Preventing the appearance of scale on the internal parts of the machine (and thereby increasing the life of the washing machine).
- Preservation of bright colors of linen (because it does not allow scale to settle on the fabric).
- Improving the quality of washing (since even stubborn stains are washed better in soft water).
Supporters of a healthy lifestyle have a completely justified question: can the use of Calgon have a negative impact on health? It is, after all, a chemical. Experts say that it is no more dangerous than ordinary washing powder, and even pouring it into the car, you do not need to wear gloves.
It is, however, always worth remembering about elementary security measures. Store Calgon in a dark place so that it is out of the reach of children. In case of careless handling and accidental contact of the product with the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose or mouth (no matter how much), you need to quickly wash it off with plenty of clean water. To eliminate this possibility, it is better to use pills.
Is Calgon really effective?
There are studies that prove the ineffectiveness of Calgon. Some experts claim that it is similar in composition to washing powder, which also contains substances that soften water. In addition, Calgon only prevents the appearance of scale in the washing machine, but does not remove existing ones. There are already enough reviews about the pointlessness of using this tool and even that it can cause a malfunction of the washing machine. If you have never used Calgon and scale has formed in the washing machine, then you can always clean it with folk remedies, such as ordinary baking soda, vinegar or citric acid.
However, many housewives still use Calgon, claiming that it retains the colors and strength of fabrics better, and prevents white fabrics from turning gray.
In this article, we have provided detailed instructions on how to use Calgon for washing machines. They told me where and how much to pour Calgon into the washing machine. Now you have to weigh all the pros and cons yourself, calculate the amount for the purchase of Calgon and a new washing machine and determine whether to use an additional agent when washing or not. If you saw more pluses than minuses, buy any form of release that is convenient for you — powder, tablets or gel — and be satisfied with the result.