So, you’ve taken the plunge and invested in a new water softener for your home. Congratulations, you now have water that is easier and kinder to use all over your home. But, many people that have a new water softener professionally installed may not be using this technology to its full potential. When people have put up with using hard water for years, they can fall into patterns of behavior that are no longer necessary when they make the switch to soft water. In this article, we will take a closer look at four useful tips that will help you to get the most out of your new water softener.
- Reduce the Amount of Soap and Detergent
One of the qualities of hard water is that the elevated mineral content actually inhibits the formation of soap suds. As a consequence, people resort to increasing the level of soap and detergent that they use in an attempt to compensate for the lack of cleaning power. But, this is no longer a problem when you’ve switched over to soft water. Now, we cannot give you an exact formula for your soap use because everyone has different habits, washers, dishwashers, and plumbing fixtures. But, as a rule of thumb, start by reducing your soap use by half and see how things go. You may be surprised at the level of cleaning performance that you can achieve with very little soap when you’re using soft water.
- Don’t Buy Fortified Soaps
Fortified detergents and soaps contain harsh chemicals that are specifically formulated to deal with the residual mineral content found in hard water. As a side effect, these chemicals can cause skin reactions in those with sensitive skin, and they are no longer required. When you use soft water for washing, showering, and bathing, you can use pure soaps and enjoy soft clean skin with a natural scent.
- Don’t Waste Soft Water
Soft water is fantastic for a wide variety of household tasks, but it’s pretty much wasted outside. There is no difference between watering your garden or lawn with hard rather than soft water. So, why not give your water softener a rest when you need water outdoors and put it into bypass mode for a short while.
- Stop Buying Fabric Softener
When we wash clothes with hard water, the residual mineral content is left tangled in the fabric fibers. This is the cause of premature color fading, it makes the fabric feel stiffer, and the clothes usually don’t last as long as they should. Many people combat this with fabric softener, but that is no longer necessary when you’re using soft water as part of your laundry routine. The clothes and fabrics will feel clean and soft, the colors will be more vivid, and they will endure for far longer.
If you’re considering making the switch to soft water, contact your local water specialist, and they will be happy to help you with a professional installation.
By EcoWater Systems.
EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is the largest water treatment company in the state and is a member of Water Quality Association.