Money Saving Tips
Today’s Tip : Don’t bother using Water Softeners for your washing machine
Recent tests in the UK by “Which” – where they simulated three years’ worth of washing using Calgon – found no evidence that using Calgon extended the life of a washing machine in “normal” washing conditions. (40 degrees)
The tests did find that using Calgon reduced the build-up of limescale in washing machines – but the small layer that built up without Calgon was not enough to affect the running of the machine or suggest future failure.
A family in Ireland that uses Calgon in every wash – doing 4 washes a week – would spend around €430 over the course of seven years.
The experts at Which suggested it could be 6 to 8 years before a normal machine in an area with particularly hard water would require attention as a result of limescale build-up.
You could buy a brand new washing machine if you had to – with the money saved by not buying Calgon or a similar product.
(Price of Calgon at Tesco is €12.45 for 42 tablets)