Did you know that around 85% of water in America is considered hard? Many people assume that their county or city is treating their water, but the truth is that you may be consuming a lot of hard water if you have not tested your water and invested in a water softener.
If you have started to notice that your laundry is not looking as clean as it used to, do not jump to conclusions and blame the type of laundry detergent you are using or your washing machine. The culprit could actually be your water supply.
If you are mixing your laundry detergent with hard water, you will need to use a larger quantity of detergent for it to lather. The dissolved minerals that are present in hard water also impact the effectiveness of things such as detergent, soaps, and shampoos.
One of the signs of the presence of hard water in your laundry machine is that the detergent will be sticking to the fabric of your clothes in clusters. Another sign is clothes that do not look completely clean after being washed; the clothing may even look dull as well as appear to be discolored. If you are finding that your black clothes are fading quickly, it could also be due to the hard water. Another sign of hard water is reddish brown stains on your clothes, which could be due to the iron in the water.
Clothes that have been washed with soft water feel different to clothes that have been washed with hard water. Towels, linen, and clothing washed in soft water, for example, will be much softer on the skin. If you have a rash or sensitivity from clothing items that are chafing, it could be a result of the undissolved laundry detergent from your hard water as well.
As you can see, a water softener can help you save on laundry detergent and ensure that your clothes are cleaner and softer than ever before.