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Hard And Soft Water: What Is The Difference

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Hard And Soft Water: What Is The Difference


Hard And Soft Water – What Is The Difference?

You may have heard the terms hard and soft water used, but not aware of what they actually mean. All of the water that ends up in our homes is originally soft, when it falls as rain. But, it can become hard when it comes into contact with certain minerals. Hard water is often treated to remove these minerals, but this is not always a good thing when it comes to your health.

In this article, we are going to explain the difference between hard and soft water in more detail. We are also going to look at why installing a water purification system might be the best idea---if you want a home water supply that meets all of your needs. 



The difference between hard and soft water

Water that is hard contains minerals such as calcium. It does not start off this way. The water which falls as rain picks up minerals from the ground and then finds its way into the water system.

This hard water can actually be beneficial to drink, as the body needs calcium, and other minerals, in order to remain healthy. The problem is that hard water is not ideal for tasks such as washing dishes, washing clothes or taking a shower. This is why many water companies choose to treat hard water.

This treatment involves the use of sodium. While we need sodium, in order to survive, too much can have an adverse effect on health, especially if someone has a heart condition. Water that has been treated in this way can also taste salty.

This means that treated soft water is excellent, when it comes to carrying out day to day tasks, but may not be so good to drink. It's much easier to use soap when it's not being affected by minerals in the water and kitchen appliances are not subjected to harmful build-ups when minerals are removed from the water. But, if you drink a glass of this soft water, it probably will not taste so good and it will not help you from a health point of view. 



The difference between hard and soft water
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The benefit of purifying water

The best way to have the use of water that you can use for all purposes is to install a water purification system in your home. If your water supply is hard, the system can remove minerals from the water you use for washing. If your water supply has been treated, so that it's soft, the system can remove the sodium from the water. What you are left with is clean and fresh water that you can use for washing and drinking.

As you can see, there are pros and cons to both hard and soft water; neither is absolutely ideal. The best way to get the effective water supply that you are looking for is to invest in a water purification system for your home. 

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  1. That's a great post and very insightful, thanks for sharing.

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  2. Good science lesson here! This explains why sometimes detergent we use for the laundry do not produce much foam. It is the type of water that we're using, not the detergent so don't blame it to the brand.

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  6. Good Read. At least I know now what is the difference.

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  11. I agree with you. Minerals in water is important to our health. That is why it is not advisable to drink pure water only.

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  13. I've never heard of hard water or soft water. I learned something today :-)

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  15. I didn't even know there was a difference between hard and soft water at all! I guess you learn something new everyday. It was interesting to be informed.

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