Soft water is commonly found in rural areas, and it is characterized by having fewer chemicals, additives and impurities than city water. This is largely due to the water treatment plants in cities, and the processes they use to purify water.
Soft water will have a sweet taste, no smell and is ideal for cleaning with. Hard water, on the other hand, will often have a bitter taste, a metallic smell, and will undermine the performance of soaps and shampoos.
This article will present several easy to follow methods for turning hard water into soft water, and thus enable you to get the most from your water no matter where you live.
Method 1: Boil your water
Boiling water is an ideal way for separating many of the mineral deposits in the water that can cause water hardness.
First, bring a pot of water to a boil and allow it to boil for several minutes.
Next, allow the water to cool down for a few hours. During this cooling process mineral deposits will settle to the bottom of the pot, forming a white residue.
Finally, simply ladle the water from the pot, being sure to scoop from the top in order to not mix the residue into the water again.
One downside to this method is the time it takes to achieve the result. This should only be done in a pinch, when other, more reliable methods are unavailable.
Method 2: Use an ion exchange filter
An ion exchange filter will appear and work much like a regular water filter.
The primary difference is that an ion exchange filter does not remove impurities from water, but rather removes unwanted ions from the water using the filtration medium, while also adding ions that serve to ‘soften’ the water.
Ion exchange filters can be added to a faucet, so there is virtually no installation required, and maintenance is minimal. This method is simple and effective, but it should not be used as an alternative for regular water filtering, unless the ion exchange system also includes a traditional water filter as well.
Method 3: Use water softening agents
This method is to be used only in the case of washing clothes. Laundry soap manufacturers have developed products that will soften the water when added to the washing machine.
These water conditioners act like a magnet, trapping certain minerals that contribute to water hardness.
By removing these harsh elements, softening agents help the laundry soap to perform at a higher level, resulting in clothes being cleaner and fresher than when using hard water.
Method 4: Purchase a water softening system
Similar to water filtration systems, water softening systems treat the water you use by targeting the minerals that cause water hardness.
Ion exchange systems are one such example of water softening systems, but others include sodium chloride and potassium chloride systems. By introducing sodium chloride or potassium chloride into your water, these systems create water that tastes better, smells better, and is more effective when used for cleaning.
It is recommended that you consult your doctor before using either of these systems, as increased levels of sodium chloride or potassium chloride can have adverse effects on persons with certain health conditions.
Following any of the four methods presented in this article will help you to turn hard, city water into softer, tastier water.
Additionally, your water will now help your soaps and shampoos to reach richer, fuller lathers, helping them to reach higher levels of cleaning power. Whether you need it for cleaning or for drinking, there is no doubt that soft water is best.
Now you can choose which method will work best for you!