Scientists Study Tea Made With Hard Water

If you drink black tea, you may have noticed a thin, oily film that forms at the top of the drink, especially if you live in a hard water area. Why does this happen? According to new research, the answer lies in its physics, fluid dynamics, and the chemist-tea! BBC’s...

Avoid Cold Showers After Sunburn

Phew, it’s been a scorcher recently, and with the easing of the lockdown, plenty of people have been taking advantage of the freedom to meet up with friends in the park, and get a bit of sunshine after spending the majority of the past 18 months cooped up inside. But...

Why Soft Water Can Make Your Cooking Taste Better

Many areas of the UK have hard water, especially in the south-east of England. This means that the water contains much higher levels of dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium than soft water. There is nothing unsafe about hard water, although it can cause...

How Do You Measure Water Hardness?

Hard water can be an annoyance in a home due to the build-up of limescale, issues with soap and damage to piping and kettles that is caused by the minerals in the water, which is why people use block salt softeners to reduce the strain on piping. It comes from where...

Can Hard Water Damage Your Skin?

People who have hard water know the damage it can do to taps and dishwashers, but it can affect your hair and skin as well. Hard water has its benefits; as it often contains a lot of calcium, zinc and magnesium, it can help provide the body with vital nutrients that...

Salt-Free Water Softeners Are Not What You Think

If you’ve heard of ‘salt-free water softeners’, and think it sounds like a great solution, then you might want to be made aware that all is not as it seems. These systems do not soften water, and it is, in fact, very difficult to soften water without salt. There is a...