Are you sure you need a softener?
A good question. Here's how to tell.
NB: The important point to note with this test is it must be done with soap. He used liquid soap. Not detergent as that will give a misleading result. No dishwash or laundry detergent that is formulated to handle some hard water. Only liquid soap like you would use as a substitute for regular bar soap.
His video is to show that conditioners are NOT softeners. The term gets used interchangeably and makes you think you are getting a solution for less, conditioners cost less and are maintenance free compared to ion exchange softeners. Like this
for example. Course you will have to change the filter every few months.
Salt-free is what conditioners use. See this
for another example. Prevents scaling but does not remove hardness. Suitable for bathing or cooking (no scale left in the pot) but not ideal for laundry because no foam or not enough foam equals lint left on the clothes in top loaders.
I am in Bangalore and get the regular tanker water which is filthy and salty.
Why don't you try the same test he did with some washing detergent? If it foams you don't need a softener. Though how much foam is subjective.
If it does not foam then depending on hardness you either use
a) an additive or
b) a salt-based softener like the Kent
Dishwashers use the same ion exchange mechanism which is why they need salt also. The dishes are washed in a consistent water quality that you set depending on your hardness. They don't use conditioners. They use a softener. Why? because softer water cleans better and uses less detergent. Up to 50% less than indicated on the box.
Less detergent in the machine, fewer problems later equals longer life, particularly in the case of front loaders. Top loaders are more tolerant but your wash quality isn't going to be great.
I know how salty as i have a fish tank too which needs regulated water.
So you must have a way of measuring the hardness in your aquarium then. What do you use?
How to use it in this video
. The one we want is GH I think. It uses German degrees of hardness so have to multiply by 17.8 to get ppm which the Aquasol gives.
I don't know what the KH means for laundry. It's a measure of Carbonate ions. It does have a meaning
for fish though.
In laundry, we want a count of Calcium ions which the total hardness tests gives us.
I exchanged my LG top loading mechine after almost 9 years of usage. Yes it was serviced twice during that period but both times not due to the hardness of water. The machine was used or rather abused almost everyday but never had issues with water being hard.
My current samsung top load is now around 2 years old and working absolutely fine.
Tanker water quality can vary. Good, sometimes other times not and if bad then how bad? You don't know. Unless you measure hardness there is no way to know.
When you measure and say this is how much my water is and this is what I do then we have reference data that others can use.
Borewell water where I am is somewhere over 200 ppm. Because the water table is relatively high and gets refreshed often. That's hard but manageable. Not ideal but if you use more detergent the builders in the detergent (if it's a from a branded company) will soften the water
However if you do want to get a softener then do consider the water flow rate. Else you could burn out the water pump in the machine.
If the water does not arrive in time it throws a water inlet error. This is on machines that have a timer that expires after a certain time period set by the manufacturer. Then you have to reset the machine and let it continue. This is a PITA. Older machines did not have this timer and waited.
I don't see how the pump can burn out. Because it's not used. The pump is for emptying the washer or recirculating like in models with jet spray or water tower. Not filling.
I think steam is taking longer because I don't think it's an effective way to clean cloths. That's why brands are keeping the steam cycle longer.
You would be right. a clothes steamer might be better if that's what you want
Do we really need washing machines with a steam function or is it just an expensive gimmick you really don't need
This is why I'd rather have a plain old heater than any steam in a machine.
They include this feature only because we had a pandemic.
Yeah, it's a marketing gimmick. Any laundry detergent, even soap for handwashing will do a lot of damage to the outer walls of the coronavirus. The odds of contracting coronavirus through infected laundry is ZERO.
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Seems to have gone out of stock these days. Wonder why.
I have seen some models and I like this model
suitable. I hope it holds up good. Your thoughts?
It's good except you cannot have more than one rinse unless you run an additional rinse+spin cycle
WOI755R0IN washing machine, top loader | BOSCH IN
That model has all the features of the IFB but allows to add more rinses. It's only 7.5kg compared to the 9kg IFB
Didn't know Bosch did top loaders
. They do only in India it seems. Prices are high as they might be imports from China. Will take time to make them in India I suppose. The Series 2 are made in India but requires
a hookup to a hot water tap.
Bosch offers three types of top loaders. Cold fill with no heater. A hot fill which also has no heater and requires a connection to a hot water tap and it then mixes the water. And the last has an internal heater as linked above.
I thought the water treatment at the run time would be fast. If the water discharge rate is like aquaguard or any RO system, I dunno how beneficial will it be even with the water from boring well since it will increase the wash time by a lot due to low pressure and less water.
Let's look at the specs
A large amount of calcium and magnesium salts in water causes hardness, which causes scaling in washing machines, yellowing of clothes, and reduces the efficiency of soaps and detergents. Bring home KENT Washing Machine Water Softener to make hard water soft at best price in India.
The Kent user manual
says it has a flow rate of 800L per hour which is good enough for a top loader and requires regeneration every 300-400L with a quarter kg of salt. You will have to test the water hardness with aquasol to get an idea of when to regenerate. It depends on your hardness. To delay this step requires their bigger
bathroom model which needs regeneration after 1,200L so three times longer. It has a 5.5L resin reservoir compared to 1.8L and costs 12k. The bigger model only increases flow rate to 1000L per hour according to the manual
They say every 6 months to call the service guys to do a backwash and clear any blockages. You could do that yourself if you learn how from the guy. Blockages depends on the kind of salt used from what i can see. Though reviewers have said they just use normal salt.