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    Published: August 26, 2014

    Cleaner, Softer Clothing with Filtered Water

    Bummed that hard water ruined your favorite new shirt? One of the most common problems with hard water is how it reacts with soaps and detergents—in the washing machine, dishwasher, and shower. When it comes to doing laundry, this problem can lead to dingy, stiff clothes that are hard to clean.

    Let’s define what ‘hard water’ is. It usually comes from an underground water source—either a well or water that has traveled through rock or soil. Minerals are deposited into the water at high concentrations, usually calcium, and magnesium. The presence of these minerals does not make the water dangerous. What it DOES do is combine with laundry soap to form a frustrating substance known as ‘curd.’

    The presence of curd in the clothes washing process makes getting them truly clean much harder. In the laundry, hard water causes soap curd and detergent deposits to end up clinging to clothing fibers. This can affect the texture of your clothes, making the fabric feel rougher, while also, dulling colors, and even giving white fabric a grey or yellow tinge. The stress this puts on the garment can dramatically shorten its lifespan.

    Other cleaning problems hard water can cause include:

    • Wasting soap and detergents in the washing machine (and dishwasher)
    • Bathing and cleaning are tougher on hair and skin
    • Scale deposits build up over time in all appliances that use water (including washing machines, dishwashers, and hot water heaters), reducing their effectiveness over time.

    How to Solve Your Hard Water Problems in the Laundry

    The best way to eliminate hard water nuisances is to install a water softening system from Pelican Water. Our leading Pelican Whole House Filter and Water Softener Alternative with Salt Free Technology will filter your water and give you much softer, cleaner clothes.

    Once the water softener alternative with salt free technology system is in place, you will notice some big changes in the quality of your cleaning around the house:

    • You will use less detergent. Many people who switch from hard to soft water find that they can cut down on laundry detergent usage as much as 50%. The minerals in hard water interfere with the ability of soap to clean. Once the minerals are no longer able to interfere, detergents cleans more effectively. Also, using less detergents means all of the detergent will be rinsed from the clothes, leaving them cleaner and softer.
    • You no longer need to use fabric softeners. Fabric softeners are needed with hard water, but softer water will get the job done.

    With softer water in the house, there’s no need to worry anymore about tossing that favorite shirt in the laundry. You can start enjoying cleaner and softer clothes right away!