|Cloth Diapers can suffer from hard water, but careful consideration of your water quality will allow you to use cloth diapers even with a home well.|
Well water can be problematic for any home plumbing system, and it can be especially difficult for laundering cloth diapers. Hard water makes it more difficult for soap and detergent to clean dirt off of clothing and diapers. Because of the high levels of mineral deposits, the soap spends more time aggregating around minerals in the water. This equates to less time interacting with, and breaking up, dirt and debris on soiled clothing. Those with hard water will typically need to add more soap or detergent to get their clothing clean. A water softener can be very beneficial for those with well water. The water softener swaps out calcium and magnesium in the water and replaces them with sodium. Sodium does not interfere with soaps and detergents, and it doesn't build-up within pipes and shower heads. Installing a water softener, or using a water softener laundry additive (such as Calgon), can be the best way to keep your cloth diapers from suffering the effects of hard water.