Nationally, eight out of ten homes do not have naturally soft water. Even municipally treated water and water drawn from wells may still have excessive levels of hardness.
Health Benefits of Water Softening
There are also health benefits to softening your water. People with allergies and on medication should consider a water treatment system.
Conditioned water can also make your hair and skin healthier. Hard water keeps soaps and shampoos from lathering and rinsing off as they should. Your skin and hair may be left with a sticky film which blocks pores and attracts and holds bacteria. This causes chapping, itchiness, and dryness. Conditioned water reduces this wear-and-tear on the skin and hair, so they’ll be softer and shinier.
Not to mention, soft water has even been shown to reduce diaper rash!
Having soft water means having to buy and use less soap, dishwashing detergent, and other cleaners. Your soaps will be more effective and you’ll get cleaner with conditioned water. A water conditioner would actually pay itself off in savings from overuse of cleaning supplies.
Aesthetic benefits to treating water
There are more aesthetic benefits to treating water than we can list on this page, but here’s a start:
Softening your water will improve the health of your skin and hair!
- Your hair and skin will get cleaner. This is because hard water, with all of its minerals, keeps soap from lathering as it should and working as it ought to. With softened water, your skin will glow and your hair will shine!
- Your hair and skin will be softer, suffering less wear-and-tear. Hard water leaves an invisible film on skin that blocks pores and attracts and holds bacteria. This causes chapping, itchiness, and dryness.
- Your hair will become more manageable because it’s cleaner and softer.
- Extend the life of your hair color. Acid water or water containing iron can change the color of your hair, even turning blonde hair green!
Keep clothes, bedding, and other fabrics like new!
Fabrics wear out up to 15% faster. This is probably from residue in the fabric that stiffens it, increasing friction and wear on the fabric as it flexes. The increased wear-and-tear that fabrics washed in hard water suffer may also be because the effectiveness of detergents – which help lubricate fabric and prolong its life – is reduced by hard water.
Your house will be cleaner – and easier to clean with soft water:
- Eliminate staining of sinks, toilets, tubs and fixtures from acid and iron.
- Household surfaces and appliances are easier to clean. This is because hard water counteracts the alkalinity of household cleaners, such that it reduces their effectiveness.
- You can eliminate residue on your bathtubs, toilets, sinks, tile, appliances, etc. Hardness minerals combine with soaps and household cleaners to form a sticky, insoluble scum.
- You’ll also notice less spotting on dishes, windows, cars, etc.
Improve the appearance, taste, and smell of your foods and beverages!
- Untreated water can cause aesthetic problems with food and beverages that require water use, e.g. pasta, rice, tea, and coffee.
- Softening your water will make ice look clear not cloudy, taste clean, and smell fresh.
Have your water tested!
With all of these health benefits to removing contaminants from – and softening – your water, can you afford not to take advantage of our water test?