This week’s Product Pick of the Week relates to a post we posted a few months ago called “Why are my Dishes Spotty and Cloudy?” Aside from the reasons stated in that post, the type of water cleaning your dishes can effect whether or not they are cloudy as well. Who would have thought that there is more than one type of water? These differences are noticed in other everyday activities like showering and doing laundry. These different types of water can have an effect on how your water-using appliances are running, which in turn has an effect on your energy bill. So, what is the difference between hard water and soft water?
Hard water is water that contains dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium. This type of water contains essential minerals, and is many times preferred drinking water because it is tasty too (who ever said that water has no taste?). Hard water has many health benefits, but it is to blame for grimy looking clothing dishes with residue, and soap scummy bathtubs and showers. Hard water uses a lot of energy in your household appliances as they are working extra hard to prevent the dingy look.
Soft water is treated water that only has the ion sodium in it. When it rains, it is naturally soft water, but once it seeps into the ground, it then turns into hard water. Softened water is preferred for almost everything except drinking: laundry, personal grooming, daily chores, etc. Everything seems to look and feel healthier and newer with softened water. Your appliances will not have to work as hard to run, which is more efficient and prolongs the life of the unit.
Pros and Cons
Although soft water seems to have glowing reviews, it is not suggested for use by those with heart or circulatory problems, or those who are on a low sodium diet. When hard water is softened, minerals are removed but sodium content rises. Before going out and purchasing a water softener, be sure to weigh the options and factors that would be affected such as your family life cycle, your health, and the cost and maintenance of your appliances.
Product Pick of the Week
If you do not have a water softener, Lemi-Shine may be an awesome option for you. It is an additive dish detergent that reduces and removes hard water mineral spots and film from dishes during the main wash cycle. This is an easy, inexpensive alternative to a water softener, and it will certainly make your dishes, glasses and silverware shine!
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Written by: Madison Jezioro