Ooooh yeah! Charente maritime is all chalk, with a very thin layer of top soil, the water is very very hard. I would advise you to use "anti calcaire" tablets in your washing machine and you will find you need to put salt in your dish washer often, and use "eau déminéralisée! in your steam iron, supermarket stock it in small and large containers. Also check you water heater at least once a month, opening and closing valves other wise they seize up (just happened to us).
As for the kettle, make sure you only boil what you need and empty the remainder out or you are likely to get "tea bergs" as my daughter calls them : bit of scale floating in your tea :O)
Once a month, or when it needs it, boil some clear spirit vinegar in it, about quater or half a pint, and rince thorougly, same with coffee machines, filter through some spirit vinegar. The alternative is to only use a low mineral bottled water in your kettle and coffee machine, Volvic is the best, this is what my French Mother does, I think it's a bit crazy, but she has had her kettle and coffee machine for 20 yrs or more!
I lived in very soft water area in the UK, no need for salts and softener or even hair conditioner, here my towels are like cardboard even if I use softener, and hair can get dull and rough to the touch if you do not use a really good shampoo and conditioner :O(
Posted on: 04/10/2012 at 09:08