Growing up with our own mineral water supply, that means hard water, as in seeing pieces come of the tap.
I’ve used mostly vinegar–and recommend it highly–for descaling.
I have also made solutions with oxy-clean and found it useful.
I was given a bottle of Keurig brand descaler.
I thought it was probably vinegar…
Wrong! Per this article, it is:
- >50% Citric Acid
That means that more than half the solution is made up of citric acid. It’s a great cleaning agent that comes from nature, so you can feel comfortable using this cleaning your Keurig.
- <3% Silicic Acid.
Less than 3% of the solution is silicic acid. Silicic acid is “a weakly acidic colloidal hydrated form of silica made by acidifying solutions of alkali metal silicates.” This is a stabilizing agent.
- <5% Phosphates and Bleaching Agents.
Phosphates are salts containing phosphorus and other compounds. Phosphorus is a naturally occurring compound. These are cleaning agents included in the descaling solution.
Shit, I’ve used a citric acid solution making my own shampoo.
I’m phosphates are in all kinds of cleansers and I’m afraid that I can’t comment on silicic acid but I’m not too scaredy of any of these ingredients.
Using the bottle with water to fill a reservoir, it foamed up a couple of inches (poured water in slooowly, still did it).
I don’t know if I’d buy this product but I am curious about using a solution of citric acid since I have played with that before. I don’t know if it would cut out lime (the largest problem) and calcium alone.
Vinegar works but takes hours and hours (I descale weekly).