Is Rainwater Safe for Laundry?

Is it safe to wash your laundry with rainwater?

The Sisyphean task of laundry

Laundry is a part of life that nobody can avoid. It’s seemingly endless.
Not only that, it’s one of the largest contributors to water usage within the home. For this reason, it’s one of the first things people look to use their rainwater for, but the more fabric cautious among us may be curious as to how safe rainwater is for washing clothes with as compared to scheme water, or even bore water.
Well, in terms of rankings, bore water, or ground water, is certainly the worst. This is because of its mineral content – often high in manganese, iron, magnesium and calcium – ground water can impart these minerals on clothes, causing them to be grimy and hard, shortening their lifespan.
Scheme water, or tap water, is also high in minerals, as things such as fluoride and chlorine are often added to these water sources in order to make sure the water remains clean, potable and healthy as it gets delivered to homes and properties.
Rainwater however lacks these additives, and is often referred to as soft water, and it fluctuates between 5.6 and below on the pH scale, meaning during the rinse cycle, it will work to remove these compounds from your clothing, helping to make them softer and fresher.
The good news here is that it means you need less laundry detergent for each wash, and as such less rinse cycles, saving you both money and water in the long run, all the while ensuring that your clothes remain soft and fresh in the long run.

Rainwater tanks for your home

If you’re looking to get water storage for your home, or even to increase your existing water harvesting capacity, Southern Cross Water has a range of water tanks for your home.

Our Homestead Range includes tanks starting at 26kL (5700 Gallons) up to 146kL (32000 Gallons), or for those looking for a little bit extra, our Jumbo Range starts at 195kL (42700 Gallons) up to an impressive 600kL (131800 Gallons).

To learn more about our range of rural rainwater tanks click here.

Or for a quote on a rainwater tank for your property today, simply call us, on (07) 3441 5600

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