Over 85 percent of all water in the U.S. is hard. Hard water plus soap leaves a soap scum on our bodies that we generally identify with a bathtub ring. We are covered in soap scum. Hard water high mineral content creates a soapy scum layer on the skin. This not only clogs pores, but also irritates the skin, making it itchy, flaky and dry. These impurities in water make it difficult for soap and shampoo to wash off, leading to dryness of the skin and scalp, which directly irritate skin and cause redness. Soft water and soap co-mix and are soluble. Therefore less soap is used and complete rinsing is a breeze.
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One way of determining if you have hard or soft water in your home is to look at the lather formation when you mix soap and water—hard water will suds up much less than soft water. Hard water shampooing will not lather as much. Your hair might be more dry and lack the shine you are expecting. You may also find that it takes a little longer to rinse out your shampoo and conditioner in soft water. This is usually a clue that you are using too much shampoo. Those with frizzy, thick or damaged hair definitely want soft water to better manage this type of hair. Hard water causes build up of minerals, sometimes noted as bath tub ring after a bath. This insoluble film also deposits on your hair and scalp, if not thoroughly rinsed an itch is born. Why not rinse with soft water also? Your shower heads will not plug or scale with soft water.
Dirty dishware is unpleasant. Your glasses, silverware and dishes should sparkle. Water spots and film can be gone with soft water. Soaps work better in lime free water. Meanwhile you are eliminating lime and scale build up inside the dish machine and on the coils. This extends the life of your machine. Dish wash machine manufacturers recommend less soap with soft water. Often no soap is used in open cup.
In washing machines, softened water can reduce detergent use by 50% and save energy by making it possible to wash in cold (60ºF) rather than hot (100ºF) water. Cold water washes with softened water achieved the same or better results when it came to removing stains and whitening fabrics. Since less chemicals and lower temperatures(less energy) are used, fabrics last longer and less lint in the dryer.A 2009 study commissioned by the Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF) and conducted by the Battelle Memorial Institute found that adding a water softener helps water heaters and laundry appliances operate as efficiently as possible, while preventing clogs in showerheads, faucets, and drains. For example, researchers ran washing machines for 30 days and 240 wash cycles. They ran softened water through half of the units, while using a hard water source for the others. At the end of the month, the washers using softened water were nearly free of scale buildup, but the washers using hard water required scale removal to work well.
Tired of doing cleaning around the house. You can not eliminate it, but you can make it go quicker and extend the time in between cleaning with soft water. The lime and calcium in the water make water hard. Calcium is in the family of sheetrock. Two thing happen with the hard water for cleaning: the lime combines with soap to create an insoluble residue that wants to stick to surfaces and is difficult to rinse. This happens with the soap and hard water on a shower door and other surfaces. Secondly, as you heat hard water, the lime comes out of solution, like on grandma's tea kettle. Tenacious scale builds up more around the hot side of faucets and ends of warm water shower heads and faucets.