You would probably already know if you have hard water. If you clothes just don't seem to come clean enough than you probably have it. Also you would have to use more soap and shampoo than usual when you shower.
crap - I think we do b/c we have the spots on dishes, sqeaky skin after showers, and when I boil my medela PIS parts they have mineral residue if I don't add vinegar. I'd better make sure I add calgon to my dipes when I get them in the mail!
You can also get a test kit for free from Culligan <a href="http://www.culligan.com/athomeonlineoffers8.asp" target="_blank">http://www.culligan.com/athomeonlineoffers8.asp</a><br><br>
(Tests for more than just water hardness)
Thanks for the info about where to get the test. I just ordered it. I too thought I didn't have a hard water problem, now I'm reconsidering based on your description of the symptoms. If we do, I don't think it's that severe.<br><br>
I'm expecting my FIRST fluffy mail this week (yay!) I'll soon be posting a request for info on recommendations for cleaning regimens.<br><br>
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You can call your city to find out the hardness of the water (assuming you're on city water). If you're on well water you'll need to test it yourself.<br><br>
Find more information about hard water here:<br><br><a href="http://www.hardwater.org/faq.html" target="_blank">http://www.hardwater.org/faq.html</a><br><br>
Adria - thanks for the Culligan link. I ordered a test kit.<br><br>
Karla - thanks for the hardwater link - I found that site last night when I was searching the web. I was surprised to see a UK site but no US site on it. OH well. I checked out the water quality report for our city water but no listing of calcium and magnesium levels. I'll email the guy to find out.<br><br>
If my water is hard or a tad hard, should I auto. add Calgon to any wash routine?