There are many things in life that we tend not to question because we’ve been brought up to trust them. A good example of this is the water in our homes, a vital yet often overlooked part of our well-being. Water is, without a doubt, important to our daily lives. We wash with it, we drink it, we boil it and use it for cooking. However, has it ever occurred to you that hard water could be causing you more problems than you think?
To help create a healthier home, we’re going to take a look at hard water and some of the problems that it could be causing.
Hard water isn’t as soluble
Due to the minerals in hard water such as calcium and magnesium, it’s difficult for detergents, soaps and other products to form a solution with the water. This means that it requires more of the product and water to create a lather used to clean your hair, body, surfaces and so on. This results in higher shopping costs because you’re using more of the product to create a lather and also means irritated skin because you’re exposing more of your body to the product.
Hard water can cause irritations
Not only does using more of a product cause irritation, but hard water has also been shown to dry out the skin more quickly and also trigger skin conditions such as eczema. It has also been shown to cause dermatitis, which could be the cause of any acne-prone issues that you’re experiencing. In fact, studies have shown a link between hard water and eczema due to the high levels of calcium and magnesium ions.
Hard water creates limescale
Limescale build-up in kettles is fairly common for anyone that lives in a hard water area. It forces us to clean our kettles and heating pipes more regularly, resulting in slightly higher living costs because of the products we need to purchase. However, it also makes our devices less efficient, resulting in higher energy bills and earlier replacements than we’d like.
What’s the solution?
As you can see, there are plenty of issues that hard water could be causing you, which is why it’s important to consider the solutions. For the kitchen, you could simply purchase a water filter and use it for any water that you plan to consume or cook with. Unfortunately, this doesn’t help with other uses such as washing, which is why we’d recommend a water softener. Water softeners help to balance out the hard water, turning it into soft water that doesn’t contain the same irritants.
This makes soft water better for the skin, it means less limescale in your devices and also ultimately less money spent managing it. These devices can be installed in various locations around the home and you could even get soft water entering your home through the main pipes, resulting in better overall health and money savings.
Hard water is a surprising problem in our everyday lives, and it’s a good idea to consider the damage it could be causing to both your health and your wallet.