Yes, all water is made up of hydrogen and oxygen. But oftentimes, your tap water will also come with some extra “ingredients.” The most common ones are the hard water minerals calcium and magnesium. You’re probably getting a good dose of chlorine in your water too. If you want to get back to basics—that is, keeping your home clean and simple—then opting for these soft water benefits is the way to go!
7 Delightful Soft Water Benefits
We use the phrase “hard water” to describe water that contains dissolved calcium and magnesium. These minerals occur naturally in source water, especially in the Midwest. Soft water, on the other hand, doesn’t have these “hard” minerals. A home water softener works to filter your tap water so you get soft water at every tap. The benefits are pretty varied, so this list can help you understand what’s really happening behind the scenes.
1. Bye-Bye Water Spots
Soft water can help you solve all kinds of annoying problems around the house. One of the first outcomes you might notice will be in the kitchen. You know those cloudy spots that show up on your clean dishes? That’s because of hard water. Soft water actually rinses clean, so you shouldn’t have to worry about vinegar-soaking your glasses anymore just to keep them clear.
2. Automatic Skin Care
Hard water is hard on your skin. Soft water isn’t. There are even studies showing that bathing with soft water can give you long-term eczema relief. Yup, no special treatments. The results are just from the type of water you have in your home!
3. Softer Clean Laundry
The same problems with hard water on your skin also relate to hard water with your laundry. You might be able to blame hard water for scratchy fabric. Before you load up on more fabric softener, see if your soft water will do the trick. A lot of homeowners don’t realize that they can cut back on their soap usage after they get a new water softener installed. It’s easier for soap to lather and rinse once those hard water minerals are out of the picture.
4. Chlorine-Removal Bonuses
If you really want to improve your bath time routine, just opt for a water softener with chlorine-removal. The water treatment plants use chlorine as a disinfectant. It’s helpful to filter that out to help protect your skin and hair. You’ll get refreshing water around the house instead of water that smells like a swimming pool. Plus, chlorine removal can help keep your favorite colors in your laundry from fading. Nice, right?
5. No More Crusty Faucets
Soft water also helps put an end to scrubbing the mineral deposits off your sink faucets and shower heads. That’s not a chore you’ll miss. And it’s an easy way to save a little time on your cleaning to-do list. Clean, shiny fixtures are way better!
6. Better Water Heater
Even your water heater can benefit from soft water. Just as the minerals pile up on the fixtures around the house, they’ve likely also coated the inside of your water heater. Putting an end to that mineral buildup with soft water can help extend the life of your unit. It will also help support the efficiency of actually getting hot water at the tap. In fact, you can get better results from all of your water-using appliances with soft water.
7. Smart Money Savings
Last but not least, soft water can save you some serious cash. By our estimates, it can be upwards of $700 per year. Of course, it all depends on your family’s water usage, but other calculations put that number even higher. Either way, you’re sure to save some money on your energy expenses when your water heater is more efficient. You’ll also be able to cut back on your dish and laundry detergent costs. Soft water is more effective with cleaning than hard water, so you won’t need to use as much soap.
Ready to Switch to Soft Water?
If you’ve been living with hard water for years, you’re definitely missing out. Finding the right water softener for you home doesn’t have to be a struggle. We help make the process easy by considering your home’s layout, your family size, and other special features you might enjoy. (Like the super-useful chlorine-removal!) Indy Soft Water is proud to serve clients all around Central Indiana. When you’re ready to learn more, we’ll be here to answer all of your questions. Send us a message or give us a call today to finally get these soft water benefits!