Re: What is your everyday solution for HARD water?
We have hard water (calcium buildup everywhere). Despite all the recommendations that vinegar and hard water don't mix, we used vinegar in the pre-rinse for every CD wash, and used Biokleen f&c liquid in the hot wash. worked great.
For a strip wash -- what are you trying to accomplish? If you want a deep clean, use bleach and lots of extra rinses. If you want to get rid of excess detergent buildup, a squirt of Dawn, and lots of extra rinses.