About a month ago I moved in with my parents and they have well water. It leaves a white residue on almost everything over time, like my water bottle lid looks crusty but it doesn't just 'wash off'. I think this is hard water but I'm not sure.
Over the past week my sons cd's have started leaking and they never have before. We use hemp and bamboo prefolds with wool covers if that matters. I have also noticed his bum getting pinker each day like he is starting to get a rash.
I CAN NOT strip with dawn since it's my moms laundry machine and I'm grateful I am able to wash my cloth here. It is a newish (2 year old) super large HE top load machine but it is like a front loader and does not have the bar in the middle like most top loaders. We use trader joes liquid detergent for everything and no one uses liquid fabric softner. Oh and I have to use bleach on the diapers since diapers are gross;) I usually use half the amount of detergent than recommended for a large load.
So here are my main questions: Is this problem due to hard water? or Is it the trader joes detergent? How do you wash if you have hard water? How can I strip without dawn (or any other dish soap) and without boiling (because diapers are not allowed in the kitchen)? How can I stay sane with so many diaper washing rules?
Thanks for the help!