Washing Cloth Diapers in Hard Water

So I was on one of my Cloth Diaper groups on Facebook and came across a mama asking how to clean her diapers better in hard water. So I decide to talk about hard water and cloth diapers on today’s post.

 How do I know if I have hard water?

The easiest test to do to see if you have hard water is just take a bar of soap in a sink full of water and if it lather up easy with lots of bubbles then you have soft water, but if it doesn’t right away or you don’t get lots of bubbles then you have hard water. Other signs of hard water are dingy looking clothes, clothes that feel hard or scratchy, film left on a glass shower door or walls, water spots left on clean dishes, and dull looking hair. You can also have your water company test the water to see just how hard it is.

What does this mean to my cloth diapers?

The issue hard water poses is that the minerals in the water can block the detergent from being able to clean effectively. Hard water also causes build up on your diapers which can lead to Smelly diapers and repelling.

 What Can I do to clean my diapers more effectively?

There are a few things you can do. You can buy Detergent made for cleaning cloth diapers in hard water. Examples: Hard Rock (Rockin’ Green for hard water), Crunchy Clean hard water version Use a water softener to make your detergent more efficient. We recommend using Calgon Water Softener (NOT Calgon bath products). Calgon Water Softener is considered safe for use on all types of cloth diapers. Calgon can also be used for stripping diapers, especially for areas with especially hard water. Just wash clean diapers 3-4 times with hot water and Calgon (no detergent). As always, be sure to rinse thoroughly!

 Strip Your Diapers Often!

Since you have hard water this is just something you are going to have to add to your regular routine. I myself strip my diapers about once a month and I have Soft water, you may want to strip them every two to three weeks or whenever you notice your diapers are getting stinky or repelling. This will help your diapers stay clean.

I hope this has helped some of your Clean questions. Please email us if there is a question that you would like answered or leave a post on twitter or our Letjoy Facebook Page and we will answer your questions as best we can.

Happy Cloth Diapering

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