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Thursday, March 5, 2009

{Hard Water.... hate it!}

I feel kind of odd blogging about this. Trust me when I say it bugged me up the wall, and was so thrilled to find something that worked!

When we moved down to Texas last summer, one of the things we noticed right off the bat was how the water tasted .... odd. Very very odd. Then my hair was reacting oddly to the water as well. It's now much drier than it used to be (thanks Infusium for their conditioner! It's the best for me & my girls' hair!). Then, I noticed that my dishes were hardly coming out of the dishwasher spotless. It had some kind of white residue leftover, and it was just GROSS!

Can ya tell the difference? I missed the rinse cycle by accident and see the glass on the right? Now, look at the glass when we DON'T miss the rinse cycle! Crystal clear!

Hard water... hate it! Sadly we don't have a water softener system. And how embarrassing it was everytime we had people over to our home I had to gush "oh, I truly did wash my dishes, it just doesn't look like it!" only to have my friends smile and say "oh, I have the same problem!" I tried LemShine (or something similar to that name).... and it didn't work. Finally we tried white vinegar, adding it to the final rinse of the dishwasher, and IT WORKS!! Voila! Clean, CLEAR dishes every single time! Wahoo!

Now, the tricky part is for me to actually hear the final rinse cycle so I can dump the vinegar in. And we don't always catch it, and we end up w/ spotty dishes again. :(


  1. Oh my gosh, I have the same problem. I hate it.

    I am definitely trying the vinegar thing. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Gross! I hate hard water. I had a problem in Cali with hard water, but cups always looked so nasty!

  3. It's awesome that you enjoy life so much. Glad I stumbled upon your blog--it's so sweet!

  4. Girl you are too funny. I dont think I ever noticed that in Houston. Maybe a San Antonio thing.
    PS-- just started outlander-- LOVE IT so far. it took me a little to get into it, but now I dont want to put it down:)

  5. Great before and after pictures. I am going to have to try vinegar too, it would be cheaper. Now it's just catching that rinse cycle!

  6. Yes white vinegar is amazing.:)

  7. The difference is amazing. Thank heavens for cheap fixes. I have a hard time remembering to put vinegar in the rinse cycle too.

  8. Vinegar! I am calling my mom this morning, and passing the news on to her. She has the same problem with her glasses. Thanks for the tip! :)

  9. Amy Amy Amy...I have the same problem! Our cups look even worse than yours! I'm ON IT with the vingegar!!!


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