Originally Posted by BreakPoint
It doesn't matter if the water is naturally soft or made soft by adding additives in your building/home. Soft water contains more minerals and those minerals could be turning your white shorts blue.
Oh right, I thought soft water had fewer 'things' in it as opposed to hard water which has more chemicals/minerals, therefore requiring more washing powder in the wash (since washing powders recommend greater dosage for harder water on the box)
But yeh this is definitely something to think about... though I'd already washed them a fair few times and they had stayed pristine. It seems the other whites in that load also got blue-tinged and turned a little dingy.
Thanks a lot for the response
PS While we're talking laundry do you guys wash nike dri fit socks with softener? Nike specifically recommend no softener for their general gear, though thorlo specifically does recommend it for their socks. Is it okay for socks or still no?