How to Soften Laundry Water without a Water Softener

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Hard water leaves behind deposits of calcium and other minerals that can corrode pipes and fixtures, make laundry dingy and leave behind bathtub rings. If your home has hard water one way to make it soft is to install a soft water system. But, if you are renting or forced to use a laundry mat that has hard water, installing a water softener is not an option. But, there is a way to soften your laundry water without a water softener.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic gallon milk jug with lid
  • ½ pound of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
  • ¼ pound 20 Mule Team Borax
  • Funnel
  • Warm water
  • Rinse and wash an empty plastic milk jug. Rinse well to remove all milk residue and soap.

  • Add washing soda and borax to the clean milk jug. Use a funnel to insert the washing soda and borax.

  • Fill the clean plastic milk jug half way up with warm water and secure with the lid.

  • Shake the jug to blend, holding on the lid so the mixture doesn't splash out the top of the jug.

  • Fill the bottle the rest of the way with warm water, and shake to mix. You want to dissolve the washing soda and borax in the water.

  • Add one cup of the solution to each load of laundry. Use your laundry detergent as you would normally.

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