In Austin, TX, our water is fairly hard, but nottttttt quite hard enough that water softeners are commonplace as they are in other parts of the country with (slightly) harder water. I wash in Tide Free n Clear and throw in a packet of RLR every few loads if I feel like diapers aren't smelling "clean or like nothing" when I pull them out of the washing machine. It really helps wash out any residual ammonia buildup better than anything else I've tried. I have no idea why it's so expensive. I have found it other places where I can order multiple packets at once and get a price break. My only complaint is that it's not more affordable.
(Posted on 1/12/2017)