by Melinda Wendland
Use the graphic below to decipher your water type situation. IF you have hard water and have NOT been using a water softener to date you *may* need to do a Hard Water Strip to remove any built-up minerals you may have inside your diapers before beginning your new routine to include a water softener in every main wash.
If your water ends up being even moderately hard and you are using a plant-based or Free & Clear/Gentle detergent you likely need to go ahead and add a water softener to the main wash of your routine. At this level, many strong mainstream detergents can handle the mild/moderate hardness, but those that are weaker need a boost, even with mildly hard water.
How To Strip Your Cloth Diapers:
Water Test Strip Interpretation Graphic: