persil and baking soda

rainy5May 25, 2012

I just bought a miele 4840. I use persil and want to know does anyone add baking soda and how much to soften hard water. I am also trying to keep the hard water from ruining my machine.

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I have very hard water too, but never heard of using baking soda. I use 20 Mule Team Borax, a scant tablespoon along with Biokleen laundry powder. My machine is small -- an Asko European-sized -- and I do small loads, so a tblsp. of each is all I need. The Asko manual suggests adding 1 oz of citric acid into the wash drum and running a 205 degree program to remove deposits that may form on the wash drum. I've never had to do this.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2012 at 9:07PM
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Baking soda can make hard water "harder". Depending on where you are in the country you may already have a high level of bicarbs in your water. Borax would be a better choice.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2012 at 6:33PM
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Forgot to add that Persil alone will likely be adequate for hard water. It is formulated for hard water and to eliminate build up.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2012 at 6:35PM
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