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Old 08-15-2007, 07:38 AM
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Well water dinging my whites :(

I have well water and my whites are getting dingier by the day because of the iron content in the water. SIGH



I read somewhere that bleach was not a good idea because it actually reacts with the iron or something else in the well water actually making your whites dingier.



I also read that oxygenated laundry detergents work good for keeping whites white, but most laundry detergents don't have enough oxygenation, so something like OxiClean is needed to add to the load.

Has anyone had any success with getting their whites white again or keeping new whites white with well water?

(say that ten times fast LOL)

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Old 08-15-2007, 11:34 AM
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I don't have well water but I have read the sames things that you have mentioned regarding not using bleach due to the iron levels.

I have used the detergents that say there is added oxygen cleaners in the bottle but I haven't truly seen any difference from my regular detergent.

I do use a seperate oxygen cleaner for my towels and when my light clothes need it, I do an extra long soak in warm water + the cleaner before washing them.
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Old 08-15-2007, 11:39 AM
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I do use a seperate oxygen cleaner for my towels and when my light clothes need it, I do an extra long soak in warm water + the cleaner before washing them.
I was reading that too. I read that soaking in hot works better than just warm. I'll be trying that as they are really starting to look bad
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Old 08-16-2007, 07:49 AM
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Hmm...thanks for the info.
When we lived on the farm and had well water, we never had any problems...Maggy and her hubby live there now and she says her whites get brown spots on them.
I didn't realize that about the bleach, that was really helpful. I am passing on the info!

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Old 08-16-2007, 07:50 AM
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BTW, thanks for the new tounge twister...LOL
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Old 08-16-2007, 09:19 AM
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Well I bought some OxiClean today so I will start soaking my whites again. It's funny, I used to soak my whites all the time years ago, and within the past 5 years I've stopped. I actually forgot that i used to do it until I started reading about well water again. Sheesh.
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Old 08-16-2007, 09:36 AM
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Amanda I have used a whitner product by rit before to brighten whites. That is a company that makes die for clothing. I am also trying to think of the one I used when my kids were young...we would put it in the diaper pails with cloth diapers to help and it made a big difference.
If you use bleach your clothes with look more yellow /orange in color I believe it is some kind of chemical reaction. An ex of mine had well water and it was so bad that their gdrinking glasses looked amber but were originally white just changed color after so many years. we have friends here who have softeners installed in their homes and it is adjusted by the installer according to the minerals you have in your water. makes a big difference.

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Old 08-16-2007, 09:47 AM
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Amanda I have used a whitner product by rit before to brighten whites. .....

...... we have friends here who have softeners installed in their homes and it is adjusted by the installer according to the minerals you have in your water. makes a big difference.
Thank you for the Rit suggestion, I will look for that next time I hit WalMart

As for the softener, the funny thing is that we actually have one here but it's so old I'm afraid to turn it on. LOL It came with the house and I swear it's from the 50's. Did they make those back then? LOL I may have to have someone come and look at it.

As for the drinking glasses, I don't have to worry about that. With my kids, we have learned not to buy glass so no fear of them turning amber. We don't drink the water or cook with it. We basically only shower in it and wash our clothes in it. Everything else we use bottled water for.
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Maggy is afraid to wash the baby's clothes with the water at the farm so she washes them here. She also purchases drinking water.
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Old 08-17-2007, 02:56 PM
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Amanda, try something called blueing. You add it right to the wash water for the whites. Not sure if it will work in well water so if youcan find it, read the label. Its an old product so youmay really have to look for it.
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