The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #169078   Message #4104058
Posted By: Charmion
30-Apr-21 - 09:04 AM
Thread Name: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
Jon, if you had soft water in a limestone region, your water source was probably a river or lake.

The municipal water source here in Stratford is a group of artesian wells. The mineral content is so high that local bylaws on property standards require every plumbed structure to have a water-softener. Some types of soap do not work well here, and hand-washed glassware and cutlery left in the dish drainer are always spotted and streaked. Supermarkets here stock high-acid “cleaning vinegar” that people use to decalcify everything from the washing machine to the tea-kettle. I had never seen cleaning vinegar until we moved here.

In Ottawa, where I lived until 2017, the municipal water source is the Ottawa River. Nobody on mains water in Ottawa needs a water-softener. Over more than 30 years, I never had to run vinegar through a coffee-maker or a dishwasher, and a humidifier wick lasted three years. Here, it’s a good idea to change your humidifier wick half-way through the winter, around the beginning of February.