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My sister has very hard water, we might be going to stay w/ her for a while. How does hard water effect the diapers? What can help?
 

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She can always add vinegar or Calgon to the wash, either one would help quite a bit. I think hard water may lead to mineral deposit/buildup in the long run.
 

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We have extremely hard water in my area. There's 2 consequences to this:<br>
1) Limescale buildup on appliances and in your pipes--it can actually block them solid (our plumber showed it to us... then he drilled it all out and charged us a large sum of money) Since then, we've been religious about using Calgon tablets in our wash (in North America it's not tablets as you don't have the dispenser drawer). At least here, many appliance manufacturers recommend that you use Calgon. Vinegar might work (acid works to remove limescale) but we don't have the same white vinegar here and I don't want my laundry to smell like a chippy, so I haven't tried.<br><br>
2) Fabrics, especially knits and terries, come out stiff rather than soft, and are less absorbent. Although Calgon helps somewhat I've personally found that I have to add fabric softener. However I use entirely different detergent and that probably influences it.
 

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Yup, just use a little more soap than you would with soft water and vinegar or calgon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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if you are only going to be there for a short amount of time, it won't really do much, just strip your dipes when you get home. You will need more detergent as the pp mentioned, Calgon would be your bestest friend though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Here there are water softener you can attach to the water pipe that goes into the machine. I didn't use one before when I was CDing and I just used Calgon and vinegar every so often. My dipes were ok. But this time I hope to get a water softener.
 

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Ok, thanks for the reminder. I just called to order the water softener. They are coming to hook it up next week. 50$ <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Ok, thanks for the reminder. I just called to order the water softener. They are coming to hook it up next week. 50$ <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"></div>
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Do you have any links for more info about these? It sounds really cool!
 
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