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Laundry machine and hard water

Just wondering. Does anyone here soften water prior to using it in the washing machine? Is it worthwhile? What system do you use to do this?
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Old 21.09.2017, 19:08
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Re: Laundry machine and hard water

We had very hard water in our previous flat, we just used more washing powder.

Some people say this is environmentally unfriendly, but that misses the point that water softeners need a load of salt regularly to regenerate them which has almost the same impact.
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Just wondering. Does anyone here soften water prior to using it in the washing machine? Is it worthwhile? What system do you use to do this?
We use the system of living in a soft water area!

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Re: Laundry machine and hard water

A tablespoon (or less) of vinegar added to the wash cycle will do the trick nicely.
With a little practice, you can find vinegar that has a less pungent odour. Even so, it it diluted and won't leave much of a smell.
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Old 21.09.2017, 21:14
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A tablespoon (or less) of vinegar added to the wash cycle will do the trick nicely.
What 'trick' exactly? I'm not sure what is the underlying problem you're trying to resolve. Certainly vinegar, as an acid, helps reduce underlying alkalinity in the water, but what impact do you think this is having on your laundry results?
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Old 21.09.2017, 21:17
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Re: Laundry machine and hard water

Not prior to washing, but we regularly use Calgon in a solo wash to try and reduce build-up of calc. I have no idea if it works tbh, but the washing machine hasn't died yet so I guess it can't hurt?
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Re: Laundry machine and hard water

I use the cheaper tablet version of Calgon, sold by Müller's "pharmacy" (I've forgotten the right word!).
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What 'trick' exactly? I'm not sure what is the underlying problem you're trying to resolve. Certainly vinegar, as an acid, helps reduce underlying alkalinity in the water, but what impact do you think this is having on your laundry results?
I guess that it decalcs the machine, should this be necessary, but in that point I'm vague, I admit. However, it has been my experience, when living in a super "hard water" area, that a little vinegar softened the towels, for example... they felt less scratchy.

When we moved to that area, we actually did tests, when only the person doing the laundry knew which combination he/she had used of pre-decalc, washing detergent, fabric softener and vinegar, and the others had to guess, by touching the dry laundry, what they thought had been used. After several trial runs in various permutations, we all agreed that no decalc, no fabric softener, less detergent and a little vinegar - completely subjectively - felt the best.

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