Spring is here, the sun is shining and . . . my house looks filthy!! It’s definitely time to get my Spring Clean on. My windows are a disgrace (although this is in part due to the fact I asked my window cleaner to postpone his services till the extension was finished).
I’ve been taking part in the #OUSTyourhouse project and to aid in my Spring Cleaning mission I was sent a range of OUST limescale removing products.
|Have you ever seen a box of cleaning goodies look so appealing?|
Limescale is a calcium compound which can affect any surface which comes into regular contact with water – we’re talking taps, shower heads, bathroom tiles, kettles – you name it. Now limescale isn’t a massive issue for us in Manchester however Mum’s water in North Yorkshire is much harder and she goes through kettles like most people go through shoes. I always thought this was because she’s something of a tea fiend but actually I think it’s more likely the limescale reducing their effectiveness and eventually finishing them off altogether.
Our kettle was a wedding present and so is pretty much spot on 3 years old. I’ve never really noticed the limescale till I started to look for it if that makes sense – which of course suggests there wasn’t an awful lot there to notice. Anyway I used the OUST Kettle Descaler Drop-in-bag inside the kettle (which was ridiculously easy to use) and some OUST Limescale Remover Spray on the lid and here’s the results:
|Kettle lid cleaned with OUST Limescale Remover Spray|
|It’s really hard taking pictures inside the kettle!|
So I think the results speak for themselves – I hadn’t thought limescale was an issue for my kettle until I cleaned it!
Onto the dishwasher and washing machine . . . again I didn’t think I had a particular problem with limescale on either of these appliances until I started looking for it. I used OUST Dishwasher & Washing Machine Descaler and OUST Limescale Remover Spray – I’m somewhat ashamed to share the before pictures but in the interests of demonstrating the effectiveness of the products its necessary!
|I cleaned the door seal with OUST Limescale Remover Spray|
So my dishwasher was disgusting to say the least! Aside from the limescale I also discovered some hideous black sludge under the bottom of the door – now I thought the inside of my dishwasher was pretty clean (I use those cleaner things pretty regularly). Safe to say it wasn’t but it is now! One sparkly clean dishwasher. In terms of the washing machine I clearly have no idea if limescale was an issue inside them but based on the effectiveness of the other products I assume it’s cleaner now! The OUST Limescale Remover Spray worked wonders on the washing machine door.
|How had I never noticed all that limescale before?|
Once I’d given my own kitchen appliances a good going over I took the selection of products over to York – I particularly wanted to try it out on Mum’s kettle and on the shower head in the main bathroom which is rarely used and suffers terrible from limescale build up which makes the water spray everywhere!
So as I mentioned before Mum’s kettles do suffer a bit with limescale. Her current one is less than a year old and she didn’t think it was that bad till we actually looked inside – whereas mine was just a bit mottled on the bottom Mum’s had really thick patches of limescale with bits floating in it (bleurgh). This time I tried the OUST All Purpose Descaler which is a powder to put into the kettle for ten minutes. After the first application the limescale was significantly reduced but there was still plenty there so as per the instructions I carried out the treatment for a second time and well let’s just say Mum was pretty impressed with the difference:
|The perils of hard water!|
The hose on the kitchen tap was looking pretty thick with limescale though this was nothing on the tap in the downstairs toilet. Both Mum and I were shocked when we looked at the before photos I had taken – I suppose you don’t often get down on the floor to look up a tap! Anyway – there was limescale a plenty. The OUST Tap & Showerhead Descaler was easy enough to apply if a bit messy. The brush applicator allows you to apply the product into all the nooks and crannies though I think I’d have been just as happy with an old toothbrush. My biggest gripe with it was that it comes out pretty thick but then just seems so slide off – which isn’t ideal if you’re already battling gravity on the end of a tap. Of all the products this was the least impressive in terms of results and the one I probably wouldn’t bother buying again.
|So that’s some pretty impressive limecale going on there!|
|Totally should have been wearing rubber gloves . . .|
I had planned to take the shower head off to give it a soak in the OUST All Purpose Descaler but we just didn’t get round to it! I’ve left all the products with Mum as she definitely has more need for them in her house. Overall we were really impressed with the range of OUST products and would certainly purchase them as necessary in the future! (Perhaps Mum will even buy less kettles!)
*Disclaimer – I was provided with the OUST products free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions remain my own (and Mum’s!) This post contains affiliate links*