Well, here's a shocker. Calgon doesn't work.
We've been telling people for years it's a complete waste of time and your money and, finally, consumer organisation Which? agrees with us. Calgon is a waste of your money!
Calgon's owner Reckitt Benckiser has for years claimedthat Calgon makes washing machines will last longer using it, we've seen not a scrap of evidence to support this claim.
They've claimed that Calgon is recommended by washing machine engineer's and, we're still looking for the washing machine engineer that supports this position and recommends the use of Calgon.
And, it's been mooted that Calgon magically prevents breakdowns and, again, there's no evidence and never has been to support this notion.
Now, Which? say the same thing, it doesn't work and the advertising is false, so much so that they have lodged a complaint with the Advertising Standards Authority over the claims being made about Calgon over it's magical and mystical properties.
Which has run an extended experiment simulating three years use and have concluded that, although the product did prevent the build–up of limescale, "the small layer that built up in Calgon's absence was not sufficient to affect performance or suggest future failure". Sound familiar? Regular readers of UK Whitegoods will know that this is exactly what we've been saying for years.
The Telegraph noted that a spokesman for Calgon said they were “surprised and disappointed” by the Which? comments and said the report was “highly misleading”.
She said: “Our own research undertaken both in-house and by independent testing organisations has shown that regular use of Calgon will help reduce the need for costly repairs.
“Coping with a machine breakdown in the middle of winter or on a weekend, for example, with a family sized laundry basket to deal with can be a very expensive option.
“There is no dispute that the regular use of Calgon prevents limescale build-up in washing machines."
She said keeping the machine free of limescale gave it a long life, optimised detergent performance and saved energy by up to 5 per cent.
But hey, here's a thing Reckitt, why don't you pony up the evidence to support all these claims, as in hard data. We suspect it's probably because there isn't any.