Minerals Are Contaminants
Many homeowners are being tricked into thinking that the minerals in water are endangering the health of their families.
In reality, minerals aren’t contaminants at all. They’re nutrients. They’re natural, and they’re okay to consume.
Sometimes we forget there was life before in-home water purifiers that get rid of all these minerals. Anyone who has ever drank from a well can back me up in saying how much better it tastes than the even purest tap water—minerals and all.
A study by the World Health Organization shows that consuming hard water nutrients like calcium and magnesium can be good for your health.
Water Softener Filters Water
Similar to the last point, water softeners don’t filter your water.
Dirty, chlorinated tap water goes into your water softener, and it comes out as dirty, chlorinated, salty water. It may taste a little better to you, but it’s still dirty, and there still needs to be a filtration process to make the water safe.
Don’t be convinced that your water softener is a multi-use piece of equipment. It removes the magnesium and calcium ions. That’s it.
High quality water filters are still to thank for removing those nasty chemicals and contaminants in your drinking water.
Hard Water Ruins Clothing
When you wash your clothing, calcium and mineral deposits do stay in the fabric and may cause them to wear a little faster, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. Hard water is not the only culprit. You’ve got an entire team working against your to fade your clothing.
Chlorine does plenty of damage too, and as we just discussed, water softeners don’t filter chlorine. They don’t filter dirt either, which can also get trapped in the fabric.
Combating these issues can be as easy as choosing detergent-based products for your laundry rather than soap-based products. Detergent-based products work much better in hard water.
If you’re still worried, you can also add water softener to your laundry to get rid of those minerals. Just remember that the minerals aren’t the only problem.
Be careful when researching information on water softening and always consider the source. Plenty of businesses have agendas and will twist facts to make you believe that their products are more necessary than they really are.
Knowing the truth about hard water can help you sift through all the misconceptions and make sound decisions about softening your water.
What other misconceptions have you heard about hard water?
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