Hard water solutions

Hard water has a lot of minerals in it, namely calcium and magnesium. Detergents don’t work as well in hard water because they
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often work at softening the water instead of cleaning the clothes. This can lead to buildup issues, stinky and dingy diapers, and diapers that don't work very well. You will know if you have hard water if you find a white powder ring around the inside of your pots when boiling water, or limescale buildup in your bathtub, shower, or sinks. For very hard water, you will need a water softener. Here are some options:
  1. 1/4 cup of baking soda can be added to a wash load in addition to the detergent, to soften laundry water adequately. Please add the powder to the water and agitate before adding your diapers.
  2. Add ¼ cup of Calgon Water Softener to your diaper laundry. You can start by doing this once a week, and adjust the frequency as necessary.
  3. You can purchase a water softening tank that you attach to your water supply. This is an expensive option, but will be noticed throughout your household, from cleaner dishes to shinier hair.
Make sure you aren't overloading your washer. Those diapers need a lot of room to move around to get clean. An optimal load is 18 M/L or 24 XS/S diapers, plus any washable liners, doublers and cloth wipes. You will want to use the highest water level possible. For HE machines, we recommend a load of 12-15 diapers. Add an extra bucket of water to the load if necessary. Alternatively, if your washer has a weight sensor, add a wet bath towel to the load to allow your washer to add more water. The amount of water used is very important for cleaning diapers. If you have to many diapers stuffed in there, your diapers just won't come clean! *If you are using well water, it would be a good idea to have your well tested for sulfur and other contaminates. For a US map of the United States with a visual breakdown of concentration of water hardness: http://www.theclothdiaperwhisperer.com/2008/12/could-you-have-hard-water.html
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  • Hint: baking soda can be purchased in bulk at sams. Thanks for the tips, thirsties! We have hard water and I never could get the superwash to work with our water but I’m looking fwd to trying again.

    Elisa low on
  • If you have a problem with hardwater scale in your laundry, or anywhere else in your home for that matter, try something that can nip the problem in the bud. If you install a hardwater treatment system where your water comes in, then you won’t have to deal with the effects throughout your home. That means cleaner clothes, as well as cleaner faucets and shower-heads. The Scalewatcher is an electronic water conditioner that requires no salt (so it is environmentally friendly and maintenance free!). It conditions the water- suspending the minerals with an electronic frequency that descales pipes, water-heaters and faucets and provides squeaky clean water, never slimy. Saves on energy costs too, since the heater becomes more efficient once it is descaled.
    I got mine from Aqua Genesis: aquagenesisusa.com

    Susan Lowen on

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