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Published on February 23rd, 2014 | by Brittney French

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Cloth 201: What to do if I have hard water?

BGDetergentPouch400x400There is so much to learn when it comes to using cloth diapers.  You have to become familiar with the different diapers and inserts, find the right technique that will keep your little one dry, and nail down the perfect wash routine.  All of which relatively simple to do — except you may experience some trouble when it comes establishing a wash routine.

One of the biggest challenges with washing cloth diapers can be your water type.  You have no control over this, so don't fret because we have ways to help you combat it, especially if you discover that you have hard water.

So what is hard water? 

Hard water has high mineral content.  It is a very common problem, affecting more than 85 percent of the country, and varies region-to-region, depending on the minerals in your area and your water source.

Why does hard water cause problems with cloth diapers?

Having hard water can lead to soaps and detergents not working well and leaving mineral buildup on clothing and cloth diapers. You may experience odor issues.  Your dishes may look dull from the residue left on them and your laundry may fade much quicker from the buildup.  You will also notice that your shampoo and soaps don’t lather like they should.  The minerals from your water may block your detergent or soap from working.

How do I determine my water type? 

Here's a general breakdown:

  • 0-60 mg /L = Soft water
  • 61-120 mg /L = Moderately hard water
  • 121-180 mg /L = Hard Water
  • 181+ = Extremely hard water

Hard water maps will also tell you if the H2O in your area is high in minerals.  You can also call your local water utility company or visit its website to be sure.

What do I do if I have hard water?

First add more detergent to your wash load.  If that doesn't work, give us a call and we'll be glad to help you troubleshoot the problem.

Don’t get discouraged.  Sometimes, it can take a few different tries to find the right wash routine that works for YOU.  

For additional questions about your wash routine, give us a call at 1-888-332-2243.

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About the Author

Brittney is a social media coordinator for Cotton Babies. She has three sisters, loves pizza and enjoys listening to obscure bands no one has heard of. Outside of posting on the Cotton Babies Facebook page, she babysits a few cloth diaper-wearing kids and cheers for her favorite sports team.



One Response to Cloth 201: What to do if I have hard water?

  1. Alma Farrell says:

    Babies should get healthy cloths otherwise they will get bacteria attacks. I am pleased to read this article . thanks a lot for this.

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