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RE: Hard water, Faded Clothes...what to do? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: sshrivastava on 02.06.2011 at 03:53 pm in Laundry Room Forum

The dinginess is due to precipitated calcium carbonate. If your washing machine has a heating element chances are it is already getting build-up. You need to take immediate action for the sake of your clothes and washer parts. You don't need to jump through a lot of hoops, just get yourself some STPP (sodium tripolyphosphate) and add it to your wash. IT WORKS.

You can order STPP here. In the meantime while you are waiting for your shipment of STPP, see if you can find a bottle of liquid Calgon water softener in the laundry section of your local Albertson's or other grocery store. Most stores in hard water areas will have this. Or a similar product called White King.

Most people start with 1-2 TBS of STPP per load, but that will depend on the size of your load, machine size, hardness of water, etc. I would also advise a tablespoon or citric acid in the final rinse. You can get citric acid in the dishwasher section of your grocery store under the name LemiShine.

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