According to research, over 80 percent of homes in the United States are supplied with hard water, be it from the municipal, or a well. Well, if you know the effects of hard water, then you certainly know that hard water causes soap scum and scale, reduces the efficiency of water using appliances and ultimately costs you money.
Most of us are aware of the benefits of pure and clean drinking water, but did you know that soft water has multiple benefits? While water consumption is essential for human life, we ideally use it for other reasons. Water is also used for cleaning, cooking, bathing and even for leisure activities such as swimming.
Hard water contains magnesium and calcium, and there are various products in the market that can be used to remove the hardness in water.
So, what are the benefits of soft water?
We asked Pure Water Central for their opinion on this and here is what they said.
First and foremost, soft water saves you a significant amount of money. With soft water, you will use much less soap as well as fewer cleaning detergents and products. This will automatically reflect on the savings.
Secondly, your water heater will last longer. With soft water, you won’t have the issue of scale build up from the mineral products found in hard water, and this means longevity for your water heater. Ideally, if your heater does not have deposits build up, it will cost about 20% less to heat the water that your household uses. This might seem like a small percentage, but the savings can really add up in the long haul.
The plumbing system and appliances will last longer. As earlier mentioned, hard water can cause scale build up from the mineral deposits in the hard water. With time, pipes start to clog and diminishes water flow as well as pressure. Well, this does not happen with soft water, as it has low mineral content and so, it does not leave mineral deposits in the pipes.
Ideally, most of the water-using appliances such as coffee pots, hot tubs, and the humidifier will last longer. The build up of mineral deposits can really take a toll on the appliances, which is not the case with soft water.
The Additional Benefits of Soft Water
The first thing you’ll probably observe is that you will have to buy less soap. Whether it is shampoo, laundry soap or detergent, you will use less of it with soft water. Soft water has greater washing power, and lathers quickly with soap.
You will also notice a diminished razor burn by using soft water. This is because soft water makes the razor glide easily across the face and this, in turn, makes the blades last longer.
When you wash your clothes with hard water, they will last longer and remain bright for long. The reason behind this is because the minerals in hard water leave particles in the weaves of most apparels, and this results in a dull and dingy look. Ideally, with soft water, the washing machine will last for long as it will not be subject deposits build-ups.
Your dishes and glasses will not streak.
Also, scrubbing your floors and tiles will be faster and easier as you will not have to deal with the scum that hard water forms.
When you color your hair, it will keep it’s radiance for longer when washed with soft water. Your skin will ideally become softer when you bathe with softened case and will leave you truly refreshed and clean.
So, there you have it, the many advantages of soft water.