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I am wondering if there is something about our Well water that is making our diapers impossible to strip. Does anyone else have well water? Has it been a problem for you? Our diapers stink to high heaven and I have tried EVERYTHING to no avail.

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I had issues at my MIL house with her water -- her's is very hard. But our's we don't have a problem with.
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Yep - it took me quite awhile to figure out what worked with our super-hard well water, so I feel your pain!

We do: cold rinse with vinegar, hot wash with warm rinse, and one extra rinse.

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Calgon water softener liquid works wonders! I highly recommend it! It cleared up ALL my diaper stink problems after we moved to a house with very hard water. HTH

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Sorry for your troubles, I was using well water for about 9 months and didn't have any troubles but clearly harder water can be a problem. Good luck.
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Yeah, I've had trouble with my well water too. I second the calgon, and although most people will advise against it, a splash of bleach. My water is softened but still has properties of hard water (leaves calcium buildup everywhere despite the softener) so I have extra issues. I can't use much detergent because it won't all rinse out, so I put in about a tablespoon of bleach, along with a bit of calgon and a downy ball of vinegar in the rinse cycle. That seems to do the trick for us, thankfully!!
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Calgon water softener liquid works wonders! I highly recommend it! It cleared up ALL my diaper stink problems after we moved to a house with very hard water. HTH
OOOH. What is this? Where can I buy it? Is it a natural product?

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OOOH. What is this? Where can I buy it? Is it a natural product?
Calgon Water Softener works wonders The only place I can find it is K-mart. I really have no idea what it is. It doesn't say anywhere on the packaging what it actually is. I just did a quick search and the manufacturer says "Calgon has a unique formulation with active ingredients being polycarboxylates" I looked that word up and found they disperse dirt (or in this case minerals from the hard water) and prevent them from redepositing on fabric. It said it is "relatively non-toxic to aquatic organisms."
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