You probably heard of me mentioning about soft water. So what is it?
What Is Soft Water?
Soft water lacks the same minerals that are present in hard water. Soft water often originates from bodies of water that are occupied by rocks that do not dissolve as easily in water, which explains the lack of mineral content in the liquid water.
The term soft water has also often been used to refer to water that has undergone the softening process.
Let us now compare the properties of hard and soft water by looking at specific points.
|Comparison||Hard Water||Soft Water|
|Mineral Content||Contains calcium and magnesium.||Normally it is just salt water.|
|For Cleaning||More detergent will be used.||No residue left behind.|
|For Showering||Slippery feel on hair after a shower.||Use less shampoo and soap.|
|For Drinking||Beneficial minerals calcium and magnesium. Unpleasant taste.||Salty water if treated with a salt-based water softener.|
|Water-based Appliances||Clog pipe, damage appliances.||Doesn’t pose a risk to appliances.|
Hard water is teeming with minerals such as calcium and magnesium, whereas you will struggle to find any content of that kind in soft water.
Soft water is preferred for cleaning around your home. With its lack of mineral content, you can clean using soft water and not worry about leaving residue behind.
If you use hard water for cleaning, you will have to use more detergent to achieve the same level of clean along with other items.
Once again, soft water is better for showering because it does not contain minerals that can adversely affect your hair.
The minerals that are typically found in hard water are known for drying out hair while also making your skin feel slippery.
This time, the minerals in hard water are good to have around. You can enjoy more health benefits from drinking hard water.
The only thing you’ll have to contend with is the at times unpleasant scent and taste of hard water.
Naturally, soft water may not even be palatable because of how salty it is. At the very least, you should drink softened water if you would prefer to steer clear of hard water.
The minerals present in hard water can clog up your pipes, water fixtures, and also deal lasting damage to your appliances. You won’t face the same problem if soft water entered your house.