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Suggestions for removing hard water stains from bathing suits??

I think it's hard water... the water in the "swimming hole" the kids have lessons has a brown tint. It's treated with chlorine but it's spring fed. If the kids are in it for more than an hour the suits pick the color up and it looks gross. 

So far we've tried Oxyclean, bleach and white vinegar (all separately of course).... nothing's working.
All the white parts are yellowish brown! HELP!!


Asked by Crafty26 at 3:19 PM on Aug. 1, 2013 in Home & Garden

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  • It most likely is the dye that has faded on the white parts, I guess you could try adding a 1/4 cup of lime away to the wash, and it will at least be good for your machine.

    Answer by 2kids2dogs2cats at 3:25 PM on Aug. 1, 2013

  • Have you tried adding borax to the wash?

    Answer by Dardenella at 3:30 PM on Aug. 1, 2013

  • Nope, not the dye... It's not just us. It's anyone swimming there. If you go on the water in a white T shirt it happens too :(

    Comment by Crafty26 (original poster) at 3:32 PM on Aug. 1, 2013

  • ** in the water

    Comment by Crafty26 (original poster) at 3:33 PM on Aug. 1, 2013

  • Try the lime away, it is for hard water and lime build up, what the heck is in that water, copper, iron? Is this a city swimming hole? I think a water test is in order, you could test the PH yourself with the strips, usually the lower the ph the higher the metal content is, make sure your kids don't drink the stuff on accident.

    Answer by 2kids2dogs2cats at 3:37 PM on Aug. 1, 2013

  • It's a town park and it's tested regularly.... and treated too.They are nuts about testing and don't hesitate to close it if the numbers are off or if they they think it's off. It's very well taken care of really. I think it's iron... it's quite common in this area for the water to have a brownish tinge. The coloring got worse since they added extra chlorine after the recent hot weather & rain we had.

    Silly question... what section is lime away in??

    Comment by Crafty26 (original poster) at 5:23 PM on Aug. 1, 2013

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