What is with the water in Mt. Vernon? The whole time I lived in Seattle, and before that in Bellingham, I never had any problems keeping my laundry clean. I've used Charlie's Soap for years and my laundry is clean, bright, and non-smelly. Stains like food & blood & whatever came right out. No problem!
After moving to Mt. Vernon OMG! I can't keep my laundry clean! Almost every clothing item has grease spots, blood doesn't come out, sweat stains in the armpits of hubby's shirts. Sev's diapers are developing ammonia build-up and giving him a rash! Plus they stink. EW! I know the Judy resevoir has very hard water, and that's what is causing the problems.
We have a new (one year old) HE washer/dryer. I use Charlie's Soap because hubby has serious fragrance allergies (even to the masking "fragrance" used in most "unscented" things). I've tried using hot water, ultra hot water, Oxyclean, dish soap, and Dr. Bronner's to get things cleaner. I found some liquid Calgon water softener and use that with Sev's diapers but even that isn't great.
What do you all do with your laundry? How do you keep it clean, bright, stain free, grease spot free, etc? Tell me your laundry secrets.