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Citric Acid descaler 250g - eg as required for Philips Senseo coffee machine, £2 @ John Lewis
Citric Acid descaler 250g - eg as required for Philips Senseo coffee machine, £2 @ John Lewis

Citric Acid descaler 250g - eg as required for Philips Senseo coffee machine, £2 @ John Lewis

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Having picked up 2 Philips Senseo coffee machines for self/folks at Xmas from Argos/Comet from two HUKDs here... (thanks again to the OPs of those HUKDs!)

...have been looking around for a cost-effective source of 100g of Citric Acid to descale each of them with (as 2.5 months usage already) as insufficient descaling has apparently been a specific/historic issue with the machines...

(I was looking hard because the "official" Philips packaging of 3 x 50g sachets ie Senseo HD7006 is around £10, ie £6.66 for a 2-3monthly descale = the price of machine per year!)

I'd read that a chemist was a good source, but my local chemist plays very hard to get - ordering in specially to order in just 50g quantities at c£1.20 - because (from Wiki'ing) citric acid is mis-used for nefarious purposes. You can find it in Home-brew stores apparently, but none near me & postage makes eBay/Amazon sources too expensive.

This evening chanced upon the fact that John Lewis sell a well known brand in 250g pack size for just £2 (with free-delivery to store). Two packs s/be enough to see your machine through a year.

Here's the Philips link to "how to"
misc.philips.com/sen…tml
(Note that despite the mention of 50g at step 1, you find you need another 50g at step 7.)

Hope this deal (better than any other I've seen) helps you keep your Senseo coffee makers (and similar) going strong - eg with its Lidl pods (c£1.50/18) and/or from CoffeePodShop.co.uk (Netherlands) - we all love our machines!

JL will ship - but want £3 for their Royal Mail service.

MKD

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Original Poster

Here's the Philips descaling link as a clickable:
http://www.misc.philips.com/senseo-descaling/us/en/descalingHD7805HD7826HD7840HD7841.html

Here's the JL clickable link
http://www.johnlewis.com/172116/Style.aspx
though if you go via what was iPoints, ie Maximiles, you MIGHT be able to blag a few points worth of £back (one of the very few JL £backs)

MKD

Edited by: "mk-donald" 9th Mar 2011

Expensive
Edited by: "schizoboy" 9th Mar 2011

£5+P&P for 1kg here:
http://www.goodnessdirect.co.uk/cgi-local/frameset/detail/461479_Citric_Acid_1kg.html

I use the stuff in kettles bath room surfaces/floor etc.

Original Poster

schizoboy

£5+P&P for 1kg … £5+P&P for 1kg here:http://www.goodnessdirect.co.uk/cgi-local/frameset/detail/461479_Citric_Acid_1kg.htmlI use the stuff in kettles bath room surfaces/floor etc.


Hang on that's £9.68 for 1kg, whereas it's only £8 for 1kg in 4 neat boxes at JL = easier to keep dry/clean - and I think 3-6-12 months worth = enough to stock in one's cupboards rather than 1-2-3 years worth. Though obviously buying anything in 'bulk' should hopefully be cheaper IF you have plenty of uses for the stuff and good storage space/packaging AND JL would indeed also want to charge £3 if you needed it delivered by them.
MKD
Edited by: "mk-donald" 9th Mar 2011

I bought a pack of this from JL a few months back for £2. didn't realise it had gone up? Oh well, get mine from eBay now, works just aswell.

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swtchick87

I bought a pack of this from JL a few months back for £2. didn't realise … I bought a pack of this from JL a few months back for £2. didn't realise it had gone up? Oh well, get mine from eBay now, works just aswell.


No it hasn't gone up - it's still £2 at JL - but free to collect & only £3/order to ship; whereas even eBay providers charge more when buying 2 of them (ie enough for a year's descaling).
Personally I preferred to source a branded product from a reputable supplier as at the end of the day we're going to drink fluids that pass through the pipes/works cleaned by the descaling solution. That's why I thought it worthwhile posting this 'trivially priced' deal, especially as its worth reminding people here who've had Xmas items that SHOULD be descaled around now.
MKD
Edited by: "mk-donald" 10th Mar 2011
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