3 Soft Water Myths and Why They Are False
Everyone’s home is a little bit different. From the creaky stair to the way the afternoon light comes in the back window, living in your home is a unique experience created by the design, materials, and the environment around you. However, few environmental factors make more of a difference to your daily life than hard water. It’s exhausting constantly fighting scale on the faucets, dingy clothes, clogging pipes, and breakouts from the built-up mineral deposits. A home water softener is often the best solution to improve both the quality of life and the health of your plumbing. We’ve addressed some common water myths that you may have heard of and be curious about!
The choice of a home water filtration and softening system is always a personal one that should be made for each individual home. However, some people forego a great opportunity to fix their hard water problem because of a water myth about water softening. Today, we’re here to clear up these water myths so you can make the choice for yourself!
Water Myth One – “Soft water is dangerously salty”
Truth – The process turning hard water into soft water involves running it through a collection of salt and special beads that pull the excess calcium, magnesium, and iron out of the water. However, very little of the salt actually remains in the water when the process is complete. You can’t taste it, it doesn’t make an impact on your diet, and it doesn’t spoil the taste of your food, unlike some components of hard water. Soft water is not dangerously salty because it’s barely salty at all.
Water Myth Two – “Soft water leaves a slimy film on your skin”
Truth – The one thing most people notice first after switching to hard water is the difference in how your skin feels after washing. If you’re used to bathing and washing your hands in hard water, the final feeling is one of dryness, almost roughness sometimes called ‘squeaky clean’. However, this ‘squeak’ is actually caused by the mineral residue on your skin sapping moisture and creating friction.
That unusual silky smooth skin feeling after washing with soft water for the first time in a long time is actually what your skin feels like when there’s not hard water residue on it. There’s no layer of invisible soap or film, your skin is really that soft when it’s truly clean.
Water Myth Three – “Soft water prevents you from absorbing important minerals”
Truth – We’ve been trained by the food industry to react a certain way when we hear about minerals. Extra ‘vitamins and minerals’ in our edible products suggest getting healthier and taking care of our bodies. After all, it’s hard to get all the needed minerals with a modern diet of processed food. However, mineral really just means a solid inorganic substance, not anything healthy. While you do need a certain amount of calcium, magnesium, and iron, you get them in plenty from your diet so the hard water doesn’t make a health difference one way or the other in this case. Additionally, pulling these minerals out of your water in no way stops you from absorbing them in other forms.
Hard water running through your taps is bad for your skin, appliances, laundry, and plumbing. Removie the excess minerals from the water with an home water softening syetem and introduce your family to a completely new lifestyle. Soon you’ll discover what it’s like to have hair and skin not coated in mineral residue. Your clothing can finally get completely clean and you’ll no longer need to scrub with bleach and vinegar when cleaning your bathroom. For more information about water softening, contact us today!