Laundry Loves Soft Water

Soft Water Effects… giving you softer sheets, fluffier towels and bubblier bubbles.

Just as hard water can affect the pipes in your home, it can also affect the quality of your laundry.

Most people won’t think twice about how their water affects the way their clothes are washed. In fact, if there is a problem with the way the laundry has turned out, people might blame the detergent they use or even the appliance itself.

However, the culprit is most likely to be the water they use.

If you live in an area with hard water, it means that the water contains a high mineral content, such as calcium and magnesium. These minerals dissolve into the water when it is filtered through rock and soil in the ground such as limestone.

In comparison, areas without sedimentary rock will have soft water as no minerals will be absorbed into the water. Areas with soft and medium water tend to be Scotland, Wales and Ireland, whereas the south and east of England have hard water.

Luckily, hard water can be fixed with the help of a water softener.

Living in a hard water area will cause the soaps and shampoos to lack in bubbles and affect your laundry.  It also increases the risk of fabric tears and weakness in clothes.

With the towels you use to dry yourself after a shower or bath, hard water reduces the absorption of them and causes chafing for people with sensitive skin. Instead of being soft, they are hard and scratchy.

When washing with hard water, laundry will often feel stiff, seem discoloured and sometimes look as if it hasn’t been cleaned. The clothes will feel stiff and unclean a lot of the time, as well as holding more dirt than before.

The reason for this is that the minerals in hard water cause the detergent to attach to the minerals instead of the clothes. As a result, more detergent is needed with hard water to clean clothes, which has negative effects on the environment and increases bills. Using more detergent will leave more residue behind on clothes, meaning they will appear unwashed and could aggravate sensitive skin.

The effect of hard water on laundry can be seen over time. When dark fabrics are washed, particularly black jeans, the colour will begin to fade prematurely. Hard water can also leave behind reddish-brown streaks if there is the presence of iron in the water. Over time, you may find that you are buying more clothes than usual as they are being ruined.

If clothes or bedding are causing skin irritation, people might turn to lotions, creams or special soaps to help them. However, the truth is that water is the problem.

Installing a water softener in your home can work wonders for your laundry experience. Instead of having clothes which seem unclean and stiff, softened water will make them feel brand new.

Soft water effects mean fabrics will last longer and whites will come out brighter than ever before as there are no minerals clinging to them. You won’t need to use as much detergent or fabric softener when cleaning clothes, which helps to reduce the environmental impact and improve the condition of sensitive skin.

When washing with hard water, most times people will make sure their washing machine uses hot water to clean clothes properly. However, with a water softener installed, you can use cold water and lower your heating bill, as well as keeping colours from bleeding or fading in the wash.

While most people will just cut down on the amount of detergent they use, we suggest using a specialised washing powder that has been created for softened water. A great example of this is Softly washing powder. Developed by Greens Water Systems, Softly won product of the Year in the Technology Innovation Awards in 2018 and has a number of benefits. It is ecological and natural, with a specialised formula that works with soft water. There are no artificial or synthetic ingredients, as well as no fragrances or added perfumes, which means it will be kind to your skin.

Using regular detergent is still an option but you will definitely want to reduce the amount you use.  A customer of ours recently discovered the bubbly way that soft water affects the washing machine, making more bubbles appear than needed when combines with standard detergent!

 

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Aimee Holland