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Here’s question for you:
I’ll be moving in a few short weeks to a house that has a water softener, which we will use. I have a front load washer and very hard water in my current house, and settled on a routine with Rockin’ Green Hard Rock and a couple of rinses, which generally works most of the time.
Any suggestions for switching to softened water? Any guesses as to whether my older diapers that have been in rotation for 2+ years will improve (less smell, softer, more absorbent that currently).
I’ve only cloth diapered in this house, with well water, water softener and top load HE, but I did go through the shock of soft water after having had city water! I had an awful time getting used to only needing a tiny bit of shampoo, soap etc. Our water seems to vary a little bit in acidity/hardness depending on the time of year (or something) and of course how much salt is left in the softener. So I do have to switch things up a little bit here and there.
Softer water comes with it’s own challenges. You are more likely to deal with issues of detergent residue, and I had a heck of a time finding a detergent that worked for me. I’d probably start by reducing the amount of detergent you’re using a little bit, and see what happens. Rockin’ Green seems to work better in hard water than in normal/soft water, so you may need to try something new if it doesn’t work as well in the new water.
Overall, yes I think you will find that your diapers are cleaner, softer and better smelling without all the extra minerals in your water! Your detergent will be able to work on getting your diapers clean, instead of tussling with the hard water!
Has anyone else gone from hard to softened water? How did you do with the transition?