To soften hard water, a water conditioner should be added to laundry. A water softening system that attaches to the building's water lines is also helpful.Know More
The term hard water is used to describe water that contains calcium and magnesium ions. These ions can lower the effectiveness of laundry detergent when washing clothing and linens. Water softeners and conditioners can change the chemical components of hard water, allowing laundry detergent to work more effectively.
Water conditioners can be purchased in retail outlets such as grocery stores or online. These conditioners are added to the washing machine along with the laundry detergent. Borax crystals, also known as sodium borate, can be added to a load of laundry to soften hard water as well. Some commercial laundry detergents developed specifically for hard water systems contain borax. The sodium contained in borax crystals counteracts the calcium and magnesium.
Another option is to install a water softening system and connect it to the water lines, thereby softening hard water throughout the building. These systems work by replacing calcium and magnesium with sodium. However, this will add sodium to the entire water supply to the building, which means that water coming from the sink that's used for drinking and cooking will contain sodium. For this reason, it's best to check with a doctor if someone in the home is on a low-sodium diet. Water softening systems are usually sold in home improvement stores.Learn More
Most brands of laundry detergent are available in packet, tablet or pod form, including Arm & Hammer, Seventh Generation (which is eco-friendly), Tide, Gain, Purex, Swift, Salvo and Dropps. Tablets are filled with enough soap for one load of laundry, and they disintegrate in either hot or cold water.Full Answer >
To make homemade laundry detergent, mix baking soda, grated bar soap and washing soda. To make liquid laundry detergent, it is necessary to dissolve the bar soap and powdered ingredients with hot water before combining them. Homemade laundry detergent requires less than an hour to make.Full Answer >
The 2013 tests from Consumer Reports list Wisk Deep Clean as the best detergent, while Good Housekeeping's 2012 test names Ultra Tide as the best. The runner-ups in each test were Costco's Kirkland Signature and Gain Dazzle & Shine, respectively.Full Answer >
According to the Environmental Working Group, the ingredients of Xtra Laundry Detergent are polyacrylic acid, fragrance, sodium alkyl aryl ether sulfates, alcohol ethoxylated (C12-14), linear alkylbenzene sulfonates, edta, liquitint blue, tinopals, alcohol ethoxylates (C12-15), surfactants, sodium carbonate and water.Full Answer >