Are there any good reasons why I shouldn't wash clothes with rainwater?
September 7, 2007 6:00 PM Subscribe
Washing clothes with rain water - should I do it?
posted by tomble to home & garden (25 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So, like a lot of Australia, Melbourne is in for a long dry summer it seems. I now have a very large water tank connected to my house, which supplies water to all the toilets, a wonderful saving on fresh tap water.
I want to hook this up to my clothes washer, already a fairly economical front loader. However, my partner and others have mentioned that you shouldn't wash clothes in tank water.
Is this true? The only potential problems I can think of would be if the water was dirty (our roof is free of leaves etc) or if it was bore water rather than rain water. Is there any good reason why I should not use rainwater for general clothes washing?