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Old 06-16-2011, 02:17 PM   #11
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Orange stains are definitely iron & possibly manganese . we have it, too.. though luckily not to an extreme degree. We live on a lake and the minerals in our water is ridiculous. I scrub our toilets and tubs once every couple of weeks cause the buildup is so bad. I agree a filter system or a softener is probably the only thing that will help..

Not sure what your laundry detergent is, and I'm not about to start this war but if you don't have a water softening agent or a filter system, try using a detergent that's compatible with hard water...


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Old 06-16-2011, 02:52 PM   #12
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I haven't tried it personally but have heard people use something called Iron Out for clothes:

I don't know what's in it though.
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Old 06-16-2011, 03:19 PM   #13
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The lemon juice/sunning has worked for me when I had stained dipes because of our water softener not working. HTH!
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Old 06-16-2011, 03:57 PM   #14
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A whole house filter should help. We live on a creek bed and have yucky water especially after heavy rain. It is suggested that the filter be changed every 90 days but we change ours every 45 ish days. We can tell when the water starts to have a strong smell and water pressure is down. Hope that helps and congrats on your new home.
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