If you’re a new homeowner or you’re on a strict budget, it can be challenging to deal with hard water issues. Hard water is a major problem; it will degrade the performance of your water using appliances and cause significant damage over time. Detergent and soap will not work as well, and you may find yourself using more to get mediocre results. The best way to deal with these issues is to install a whole home water filtration system. But, while you are saving for a system like this, there are some things that you can do to make your water easier to use. Here are three ways to soften your water on a budget.

  1. A Water Softening Shower Head

One of the worst parts about a hard water supply is the way it affects your skin and hair. The minerals that cause hard water prevent the soap from creating an effective lather, so it’s hard to get your skin and hair clean. Then when you try and rinse the soap or shampoo away, the minerals are left behind to dry on your skin and in your hair. This will block skin pores, dry out your skin and leave it feeling itchy and sore. Hair will be weighed down with dried minerals leaving if feeling dull and flat. A water softening shower head can help, the best ones have an activated carbon filter to remove minerals and other contaminants. Users will quickly notice that they need less soap and shampoo to get clean and skin and hair issues may improve considerably.

  1. Cleaning Products with Water Softening Agents

When you’re supplied with hard water, the minerals it contains will build up inside your water using appliances and plumbing. Over time, this scale will cause damage to parts that can be expensive to fix and it may even lower the useful lifespan of the machine. The cheapest way to prevent a build up of scale in your washing machine is to add a water softening agent. A typical product will contain Borax, it’s effective, but it can be a little harsh on delicate clothes. There are many different products on the market for the dishwasher that combine a detergent with a water softening agent. This will help to prevent a build up of scale inside the machine and improve the washing performance.

  1. Get Rid of Existing Mineral Build Up

If you’ve just moved into your home or you’ve only just learned about the damage that hard water can cause to your plumbing and appliances, a significant amount of mineral build up could have occurred already. This can be removed without spending a lot of money, but it may require some effort to remove these scale deposits. Here are three quick tips on ways to tackle scale in your home.

  • Put a little white vinegar into kettles, pans and pots, that have scale problems, leave them overnight and rinse well to make them like new.
  • Pour a little vinegar into the bottom of the washing machine after the clean clothes come out and it will help to remove minerals.
  • Soak your shower head in white vinegar overnight to remove the scale and rinse it off before you use it again.

Contact your local water treatment company to guide you through the appropriate water treatment options.

By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.