6 Tap Water Smells—and Where They Come From
We love sipping on fragrant hot coffee and tea. But smelly water? No thanks! If your faucet is giving you something “extra” with your water, it’s good to do a little investigating. The most common bad tap water smells each come with their own set of quirks. Once you figure out what’s going on, you’ll […]
Do Water Softeners Remove Chlorine?
When you start looking into water quality, one of the biggest concerns that pops up is usually chlorine. The water treatment plants add chlorine to our water as a disinfectant. So if you don’t have a way to filter the chlorine out, you’ll end up drinking chlorine and using chlorinated water for your showers, the […]
Can I Water My Plants with Soft Water?
Your house plants can really brighten up a space. They’re a symbol of vitality. But only if we can keep them healthy! A sad and yellow or wilted plant isn’t doing anyone any good. A little sun and the right type of water can help them thrive. About Tap Water for House Plants Water is […]
Drinking Water Concerns for Autism Spectrum Disorder
We all want clean water for our families. And as the recent news reports have shown, it’s even more important for our children to have safe drinking water. Concerns about lead poisoning and questions about autism keep causing people to take a closer look at their water. It’s a huge topic, but we’ll try to distill […]
4 Side Effects of Using Chlorinated Tap Water in Your Home
Water treatment plants in the United States have been using chlorine for more than a century. And as a disinfectant, chlorine works great. When it was first introduced to our municipal water supplies, it had a major impact on widespread disease. Cases of cholera dropped significantly, and in just 20 years, typhoid fever decreased by […]
How to Clean Your Dishwasher and Other Water-Using Appliances
It might sound strange to clean your dishwasher at first, but think of it like your vacuum cleaner. If you don’t dump out the dust, your vacuum won’t be clean enough to do its job properly. The same thing happens with our water-using appliances. When we don’t tend to them, these machines can start to […]
Is Bottled Water Any Better than Tap Water?
Don’t be too quick to trust the pictures on the label. Bottled water comes from a variety of sources. Fancy packaging won’t exactly tell you the whole story. When you dig a little deeper, the real source of your bottled water might surprise you. Types of Bottled Water Because bottled water is regulated by the […]
The Best Water Temperature for Your Tea
There’s nothing quite like curling up with a nice cup of tea, and with so many new varieties to choose from, it’s easier than ever to find a personal favorite. The only problem though, is that different teas require different process for brewing. When you follow the right steps for your tea, you can ensure you […]
How to Treat Well Water
When you use a private well, your tap water is probably pretty different from your city water counterparts. Your water might smell faintly like sulfur, whereas the city water could reek of chlorine. You might have rust stains, but they could have hard water spots or hard scale deposits out the wazoo. Even if you […]
Why Is My Ice Cloudy?
Wondering how to get your ice at home as clear as the restaurant version? Making perfectly transparent ice requires a lot more than just a freezer and some water. When you dig into the science of cloudy ice, you’ll start to see that timing is everything. Filtered Water The first step in getting clearer ice […]