The US has some of the best water systems on the planet, nearly every home has access to clean running water that is safe to drink. The water comes from a wide variety of sources, underground wells, reservoirs, lakes, streams, and rivers as well. Every different type of water source is going to have its own different mix of minerals that are dissolved in the water, some good, and some not so good. But remember, for the most part, the dissolved minerals in the water might be good for our overall health, but at the same time leave water deposits on our dishes, or make it incredibly hard to lather up in the shower. So a lot of homes have installed what are called water softeners to remove most of the minerals from the water. Here are some of the benefits and disadvantages of using a water softener in the home.
You Can Save Money On Soaps, Shampoos, And Detergents
If you have hard water you’ll end up using a lot more soaps and detergents in order to get things clean. Some of the minerals that make the water hard also combine with the chemicals in soaps and shampoos to inhibit them from developing a lather. Since many soaps and related products are very expensive, the overall use of them adds up to quite a bit of money. The estimates of usage are that up to a 75% reduction in most cleaners and soaps is realized by water softener installation.
You can, on the other hand, buy special soaps, detergents and shampoos that are specifically designed for hard water. They are more expensive to buy, by a considerable amount, and most people agree that they are more harsh on the skin and hair. With a softener, you can use the most natural of soaps that leave your skin and hair even more smooth and silky than you thought possible.
The same problem occurs in the laundry as well. With hard water your laundry detergent needs to be increased, sometimes by as much as double, in order for the detergent action to be able to loosen the dirt and oils in your clothes. Dishes and plates will come cleaner with less dish soap too, plus, the remaining small amounts of water droplets won’t leave little tiny mineral deposits that we all know and recognize.
Another big problem with some kinds of dissolved minerals is the huge, crusty, mineral deposits that are left in bathtubs, showers, laundry machines, sinks, and faucet nozzles. These take hours of scrubbing to eliminate and then return after just a few short months.
There Are Some Myths About Water Softeners As Well
One huge myth is that, since they use salt in their process, the softeners are adding large amounts of salt to the water that passes through them. The way that the water softener works is by replacing the calcium and magnesium with sodium from salt. However, in most cases, the additional sodium added is very small and will be approximately 21 milligrams in an 8 oz glass of water. Impossible to taste, and not even close to the hundreds of milligrams of daily salt that we get in the food we eat. The recommended daily allowance is 2,500 mg of salt.
If you’re experiencing hard water marks, clogged faucets, and a lack of lather from your shampoo, you would seriously benefit from the use of a water softener. They are inexpensive to buy, easy to maintain, and will save you hundreds each year on soaps, detergents, shampoos and cleaners around the home.