A big part of washing cloth diapers is knowing what type of water you have. Thankfully the internet is full of great water hardness information for almost every community in Canada! Soft, hard or a mix of both can make choosing the right detergent a little more challenging.
The Canadian Water Quality Association (CWQA) has a handy chart listing water hardness by grains per gallon (GPG) for most urban centres in Canada. If your water is too hard, you need to use a softener to help break down the calcium and magnesium carbonates that are in your water. So how do you know what type of water you have? Here’s a great map of the water hardness scale in Canada:
It is important to note, that there are variations in each area. For example, here in Langley, it depends on which area you live in. In Walnut Grove, Fort Langley and Aldergrove, we are on a mix of well and city water. This means we have moderately hard water. If you live in Vancouver or even a different area of Langley, you most likely have soft water. If you are unsure, give your local water department a call and they will let you know exactly how many GPG your water has.
We carry a variety of different cloth diaper safe detergents and we can help you pick the right one for your water type. Feel free to contact us with your cloth diaper questions!