Also city-dependent. You don’t want to live in Adelaide, for instance - where water is so hard it is almost impossible to get any suds. (The other concern with Adelaide water is whether your clothes will emerge from it cleaner, or dirtier.)
Interesting - we have water with a very high TDS. Some days you can SEE the calcium and lime in your glass of water (Water Corporation in WA ASSURES me this is fine…)
We do really get better results out of some detergents than others. I’ve found the Omo powders to work really well for us. Earth Choice powder and liquid weren’t good (thats another story), Surf didnt work either. The dishwasher really is finicky too, like I said, the Coles ultra aren’t great. We didn’t do well with Fairy either. We also HAVE TO use separate rinse aid, even with tablets that supposedly contain it.
It’s fine as long as you chew thoroughly before swallowing.
We have some of the best quality water across the continent, at least did until the bush fires flavoured it last year.
Regardless, I suspect the manufacturers purposefully put ~90% of the rinse aid needed in their tabs. The difference between using a Finish or Fairy tab w/rinse aid alone, and also adding a minimum extra (eg ‘1’ setting) from the automated dispenser is huge. That little extra is like a tipping point between almost but quite enough and near perfect. With our water quality it would be difficult to accept we should need anything beyond what they call ‘all in one’ or ‘complete’ products for the basics. Hence my suspicion it is carefully engineered to be ‘on the edge’ of enough for the best of conditions, and not enough for everyone else and they can justify ‘not enough’ for them.
Washing machine maintenance chap said to use half the recommended soap powder on the our front loader.
Nothing wrong with a bit of grit?
I rinse my kettle out occasionally, just need to make sure the solids settle before pouring - this is typical …
… hate to think what the washers and hot water service look like …
Will you accept the inaugural Community ‘I think that’s a great way to communicate with photography’ award?
Here it is.
Budget is a bit tight.
I could only offer these 2D virtual miniatures.
No, likely to be calcium or magnesium carbonates. Not harmful at soluble levels.
Mostly CaCO3 … throughout this jurisdiction the levels range from single figure measurements to mid 600’s mg/L - ADWG set the standard at below 200. Locally it measures well over 200 … Just need to remember to let the kettle stop bubbling before you pour, or the experience becomes reminiscent of eating sandwiches at the beach …