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Old 08-03-2014, 11:16 PM   #1
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How do I know my water type ?

No idea if it's hard or soft

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Old 08-03-2014, 11:37 PM   #2
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Re: How do I know my water type ?

If you are located in the US, you can google the info. You can also buy test strips to test on your own. That's what I did. They are cheap online.
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Old 08-04-2014, 04:18 AM   #3
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you can have a company like we did come and test for how hard and we didn't have to pay for it. Plus I think in general if you need more or less soap to get bubbles like for dish washing by hand tells you a bit too- soft you don't need much and more hard wate, the more soap you need.
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:35 AM   #4
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Re: How do I know my water type ?

Here is a simple test that will get you in the general ball park. Add a drop or 2 of Dawn to a bottle of water, cap it, and shake the living daylights out of that bottle. If it looks like it is overflowing with suds you have soft water. If it only fills part or perhaps half way your water is neither hard nor soft. If you have very little to no suds then you have hard water. The more suds the softer your water. The fewer suds the harder your water. We get very few suds. We have hard water. Now this isn't the most accurate test in the world but it can give you a pretty good idea where your water is. For most of us that is all we really need to know to be able to wash successfully.
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Old 08-05-2014, 11:34 AM   #5
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Re: How do I know my water type ?

Here's a map from the USGS: - but it's really only helpful if you live in a definitely colored area. If not, you may be able to access the water quality report online at your water company's website, that might tell you, or call your water company. Additionally, the EPA has a nice reference for Local Drinking Water here

If you're a rural dweller, testing it will be the most accurate means. Good luck!
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Test strips online are like, less than a dollar. I think I bought mine at Nicki's Diapers.
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Old 08-18-2014, 04:51 PM   #7
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The Rockin' Green detergent website has a quick and easy map based on your location.
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Old 08-20-2014, 03:10 AM   #8
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Re: How do I know my water type ?

I wouldn't trust the Rockin' Green map. When I lived in Southern California it showed "classic" and we had some of the hardest water ever. It was horrible for cloth diapering.
Now that we are up in the Portland Oregon area, it shows soft, which is what we have.
Best is to contact your water company and ask.
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