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Washing machine - how to remove hardened soap powder?



 
 
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Old April 24th 06, 01:27 AM posted to uk.d-i-y
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We have a quantity of hardened soap powder (at least, I assume that's
what it is) in the soap powder tray, and in the recess it fits into.
This is an old Hotpoint.

It's causing problems moving the tray; it's very hard to scrape off. Any
useful tips on removing it?

I'd rather avoid the thermic lance...
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Bob Eager wrote:
We have a quantity of hardened soap powder (at least, I assume that's
what it is) in the soap powder tray, and in the recess it fits into.
This is an old Hotpoint.

It's causing problems moving the tray; it's very hard to scrape off. Any
useful tips on removing it?

I'd rather avoid the thermic lance...


rub it off with a wet cloth? Run the drawer under the tap?

NT

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Bob Eager wrote:

We have a quantity of hardened soap powder (at least, I assume that's
what it is) in the soap powder tray, and in the recess it fits into.
This is an old Hotpoint.

It's causing problems moving the tray; it's very hard to scrape off. Any
useful tips on removing it?


Many powders use fillers like chalk as bulking agents. Hence you may
find a descaler or some other mild acid will help remove it. Especially
if you can let it soak for a bit.

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"Bob Eager" wrote:
We have a quantity of hardened soap powder (at least, I assume that's
what it is) in the soap powder tray, and in the recess it fits into.
This is an old Hotpoint.

It's causing problems moving the tray; it's very hard to scrape off. Any
useful tips on removing it?

I'd rather avoid the thermic lance...
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Assuming it is a mixture of detergent and limescale, you could try soaking
it in citric acid washing machine descaler. If you live near a Waitrose shop
they do their own Ultima brand washing machine descaler for about 2.60 GPP
for a 250g packet.

Phil


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On Mon, 24 Apr 2006 01:44:18 UTC, John Rumm
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Many powders use fillers like chalk as bulking agents. Hence you may
find a descaler or some other mild acid will help remove it. Especially
if you can let it soak for a bit.


Aha. Thanks...John and Phil.

I have some citric acid here somewhere...was thinking of trying that...

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On Mon, 24 Apr 2006 06:44:47 +0100, "Phil Anthropist"
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"Bob Eager" wrote:
We have a quantity of hardened soap powder (at least, I assume that's
what it is) in the soap powder tray, and in the recess it fits into.
This is an old Hotpoint.

It's causing problems moving the tray; it's very hard to scrape off. Any
useful tips on removing it?

I'd rather avoid the thermic lance...
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poster, and specifically may not be published in, or used by
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Assuming it is a mixture of detergent and limescale, you could try soaking
it in citric acid washing machine descaler. If you live near a Waitrose shop
they do their own Ultima brand washing machine descaler for about 2.60 GPP
for a 250g packet.

Phil


And in future clean it more often and you won't have that problem again ..:-)

Stuart


 




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