You might have lived in a hard water area all your life and not even realised it, but once you experience life with soft water, you’ll certainly notice the benefits of switching.
Hard water has a high calcium and magnesium content, and you’ll be able to recognise this through spots appearing on your glasses after washing them, mineral stains on clothes, scum on hot drinks, limescale on taps and pipes, and low water pressure.
You might even feel a film on your hands after you wash them, as this is caused by the soap reacting to the calcium, while washing hair in hard water can result in dry, weak strands.
This is why many homeowners choose to buy block salt softeners, so they can have soft water running through their taps instead.
There are many benefits of soft water, including cleaner clothes, hair, glasses and hands. You can also have powerful showers, won’t have to remove limescale frequently, and could save money not having to rewash things.
Unlike hard water, which has calcium and magnesium, soft water has high sodium content. Consequently, it is able to create a thick lather, which makes showers more enjoyable, and you won’t need to use as much soap, gel or shampoo.
Your clothes won’t deteriorate as quickly, whether due to excessive washing to remove mineral spots or because the minerals speed up wear and tear. They will remain brighter for longer, as the minerals can cause colours to fade.
What’s more, soft water can save homeowners money as they don’t have to repair plumbing or appliances due to limescale build-up that can block pipes.