Diaper Washing: Hard Water/Calgon Substitute

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, December 04, 2020 | 0 comments
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Image: Calgon Liquid Water Softener, Brighter Clothes, Laundry Detergent Booster 32 Ounce (Pack of 2)
Calgon Liquid Water Softener
Shannon said: I use liquid Calgon because we have EXTREMELY hard water.

I use about half a cap of liquid Calgon or, obviously, about half of what they recommend.

It's made a huge difference in the softness of the diapers.

You're right; it's very expensive.

Veronica replied: I used Calgon too, it is sooo expensive when you see it reads to use 1/4 cup per load!

The $5 box lasts about a week and a half here!

I went to the grocery store a week ago, and went to the huge bags of water softeners (for the softener machine).

I don't have one, but I bought a bag of the cheapest rock pellet salt softener, the store's brand for $2.99 for 40 pounds!

(Kinda like the kind you use for home-made ice cream).

It works just as good for me!

I pour a half of a cup into the running water, then on the rinse cycle I pour in some apple cider vinegar and presto!

The diapers are soft, without added fabric softeners.

My washer has also lost its musty smell it used to have, it must be the vinegar.

Funny how something that smells itself can make odors disappear!


Thanks to Shannon and Veronica for this Frugal Baby Tip!



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