In hard water areas, water softeners ensure your clothes do not dry stiff and hard and avoids limescale build-up in your machine.
With regular use in a hard water area, water softeners can extend the working life of your washing machine.
The on-pack dosage recommendations for laundry detergents for everyday fabrics generally reflect different levels of water hardness.
If you use a water softener with your laundry detergent in a hard water area, you do not need to use more detergent in addition.
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First, check the water hardness in your area. You can usually find out how hard the water in your home is either directly on your water bill, or by contacting your water supply company.
For soft water homes, your main detergent should be sufficient, as it already contains built-in water softeners to deal with the minerals.
If you live in a hard water area, the dosing instructions on your detergent label will tell you that you need to use more detergent to get good results.
If you add water softener to your laundry, you can dose as for soft water, your laundry and your machine are taken care of.