citric acid

posskatSeptember 22, 2011

am picking up my new w/d today. we have really hard water, and after reading about lemi-shine and citric acid, i have a question. i found the lemi-shine for dishwashers, but can't find the one for washers. is it the same stuff? if so, how much of the product and how often should it be used in my washing machine, and would it go directly in the tub, or just in the detergent dealiebob? i'm assuming one would use it in the machine-clean cycle. stop machine (if possible) and let it sit for a while like is recommended for dishwashers?

obviously my machine w/be new, so i'm not sure when to start using this. can't seem to find the small packages for washing machines, so i thought the dishwashing stuff would work the same....any thoughts or ideas?

also, if this lemi-shine works, would the straight citric acid powder work, like someone earlier alluded to? if so, i'm assuming one would use it in the same way as lemi-shine?

w/post my lg 2150 machine reviews soon!

thsnks, you guys!

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I purchased Lemi Shine Machine Cleaner directly from Lemi Shine. I simply signed-up for their email offers via their website, and then when they offered free shipping (if you purchased a certain dollar amount) I stocked the various Lemi Shine products that I like.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2011 at 3:08PM
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@posskat, do you have Canadian Tire in your part of Canada? They have it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Lemi Shine - Canadian Tire

    Bookmark   September 22, 2011 at 9:15PM
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Yes, straight citric acid powder would work, but I wouldn't use it. It would not contain buffers (these regulate pH to keep it from getting too low) and corrosion inhibitors (these protect the metal parts of your machine).

    Bookmark   September 22, 2011 at 10:27PM
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Big LemiShine fan here. I live in an area of really hard water too, and the product is amazing!
Washer directions are on the package, but yes, add it and let the machine sit with water in it for a while, then drain.
As to how often to use it, I'd follow the washer manufacturer's recommendation for cleaning.
Best of luck in finding it!

    Bookmark   September 23, 2011 at 2:05AM
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yes, there is a canadian tire here! duh! i was in the states and all i could find was the dishwasher powder, so i got that. i w/stop at canadian tire today--thanks for that! i didn't want my machine to even start to get the buildup, which i'm pretty sure is what reduced the cleaning power of my old machine....i'm using the machine now, and i need to get it more level, so the door won't swing open so much, as it's located in a hallway. vibration isn't too bad. so far am loving it! w/do a real review when i get a few miles on it.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2011 at 10:13AM
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Miele sells a washing machine descaler that's pure citric acid, according to the ingredient list.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2011 at 10:16AM
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@posskat, Calgon makes a product to prevent hard water buildup in washing machines. Not sure if it is available in North America but it is very popular in Europe. I get the impression that Lemi Shine or citric acid are to be used to remove buildup. If I had hard water (which I don't) I would rather use a product to prevent the buildup in the first place.

Here is a link that might be useful: Calgon Water Softener

    Bookmark   September 28, 2011 at 4:39PM
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@posskat, I've seen Calgon powder version at Wal-Mart and Loblaws stores.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2011 at 5:07PM
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i w/check that out, as we do have lots of calcium in our water; it's very hard water, but at least there's not yet any buildup on the machine!

    Bookmark   September 28, 2011 at 10:10PM
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Thanks for the tip about Calgon water softener. My local Walmart carries it, so I'm going to give it a try.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2011 at 4:47AM
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