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Old 08-09-2010, 05:16 PM   #51
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I wonder what is in Calgon that makes it work. If it is a surfactant, then there are many others out there. Does anyone know?
Looking on the bottle, it does not list the ingredients. The only thing it says is "contains no phosphate". That should narrow it down!
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Old 08-09-2010, 06:08 PM   #52
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the active ingredients are: sodium sesquicarbonate & sodium tripolyphosphate.
This is the powdered formulation
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Old 08-09-2010, 06:16 PM   #53
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Also was thinking...what about liquid fabric softeners? They must share some of the same type of ingredients as Calgon, as fabric softner can be pretty slimey..
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Old 08-09-2010, 06:45 PM   #54
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OK folks...did some research.

Seems "calgon" is actually the common name for sodium hexametaphosphate

Calgon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sodium hexametaphosphate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The company that originally marketed Calgon has changed hands several times and apparently based on this product website they don't even sell it in the U.S.

Calgon Water Softener - prevents limescale build-up in washing machines all over the world!

Here's a site (no endorsement) that sells the chemical at appx $25 for 5lbs + shipping.

WATER SOFTENER - Sodium Hexametaphosphate

I've never used this online store so this is not an endorsement, just info for anyone who's interested.
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Old 08-09-2010, 06:50 PM   #55
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Sounds like it will make the black water color saturated. Maybe it can be turned into art.
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Old 08-09-2010, 07:08 PM   #56
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Willis, I am not sure about the website you listed. I know it says Calgon Water Softener, but that is not the same thing that we have in here in the USA.

Here is the ingredients for the USA version of Calgon Water Softener, along with a picture of the bottle for those looking for it:

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Ah ha, I just figured it out. There is a separate Reckitt Benckiser (apparently the makers of Calgon) site for the US, and hopefully for our Canadian friends also.
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Old 08-09-2010, 07:34 PM   #57
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I clicked on the contact page & it's good for us Canadians to use as well. I sent the following email:

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Dear Sir/Madam:
I am having a difficult time finding stores that carry Calgon. I live in XXXXX. I have checked several stores in the XXXXX area and have been unable to find it.

If there was a way for your company to convince Wal-Mart Canada or the Loblaws Group to carry your product, it would make it a lot easier for consumers to purchase it.
Thank you,
Kris
If all of you were to contact R-B w/ a similiar email, maybe some pressure will be exerted to stock the product.



The site even gives the ingredients of the powder in Canada.
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I couldn't find that website for the US version. Good catch.

The ingredients listed don't seem to match any of the previously mentioned chemicals. But still, the description of what sodium hexametaphosphate mixed with sodium carbonate does to water seems to be the effect we are looking for in the black water tank.

Not sure it's worth the trouble though ...
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I just bought it tonight at Walmart. It was in the washing machine soap area.
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I just bought it tonight at Walmart. It was in the washing machine soap area.

What city or town? Inquiring minds want to know .
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