4 Ways Hard Water is Ruining Your Clothes

February 12, 2020

When you wash your favorite t-shirt and it comes out dingy, rough and yellow, it’s not your detergent. It’s your water. We’re here to make you aware of four ways that hard water ruins your clothes.

Laundry is still dirty
Hard water carries mineral deposits like calcium and magnesium that eventually infiltrate whatever they come in contact with. When washing, the soil, chalk and rock that may be in your area mixes with your laundry, making it harder for your detergent to do its job.

With all the minerals in the water, the soap and detergent do little to nothing to clean your clothes. A water softener system will make each load easier by removing the residue and save you from using excess detergent.

White clothes turning yellow
The discoloration of your garments is another sign of hard water minerals seeping into your clothes. Typically, iron in your hard water will create stains that dull the outfits you planned on wearing.

Our tip is to stay away from using bleach to solve the problem. Mixing bleach with iron will create iron-oxide, also known as rust. This will be harder to remove and even more harmful to your skin.

Clothes feeling stiff and rough
If your skin starts to feel itchy and dry, this may be a sign that your hard water is taking a toll on your fabrics. People with eczema or sensitive skin have reported that their skin is less irritated, less dry and less red once a water softener system is in place.

Easily ripped clothes
With the amount of mineral coating on fabric, the fibers of your clothes are more likely to weaken, rip and tear, sometimes leaving holes in the material once washed.

In order to prevent your clothes from easily ripping, laundry coming out dirty, discolored and rough, contact Kinetico San Antonio today to learn more about the benefits of a water softener in your home.

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