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Old 03-18-2009, 10:00 AM   #21
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Re: BEST TIP for hard water

I've got to try it! Thanks for the tip

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Old 03-18-2009, 10:56 AM   #22
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found this.. pretty interesting.

http://home.howstuffworks.com/uses-f...laundry-ga.htm
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for those saying salt will corrode the machine, isn't the salt in calgon going to do the same thing? so i don't think using this is any different?? but again it is still working nicely for me, and that how stuff works article was great!
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for those saying salt will corrode the machine, isn't the salt in calgon going to do the same thing? so i don't think using this is any different?? but again it is still working nicely for me, and that how stuff works article was great!
Calgon's powdered sodium hexametaphosphate (amorphous sodium polyphospate), which in water would complex with ambient calcium ion and certain other cations, preventing formation of unwanted salts and interference by those cations with the actions of soap or other detergents. : wikipedia

It's a salt stripper.
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I got a 50 pound bag at Costco for $5! I've been using just a small handful to my wash and it's awesome! My clothes are brighter and I'm able to use a lot less detergent! Seriously... WOW. I'm impressed!
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So I am really torn. I want to use the salt pellets full time in every load, but I'm worried that I'm going to damage my machine. Arghh!
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i agree with tinkerplink.
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is the alternative to calgon and all this salty-talk just to use baking soda? i'm confused. if it is, then why not just use baking soda -- it's super cheap.
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So I am really torn. I want to use the salt pellets full time in every load, but I'm worried that I'm going to damage my machine. Arghh!
I was talking to my dad about this and he thinks that you won't only damage your washer, but your plumbing as well. Yikes! That would be terrible.
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yeah, living in WI and seeing all the damage road salt does to vehicles there is no way I'd put it in my washer.
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