The Benefits of Water SofteningMarch 25, 2016
When we were in the market for a single family home last year, one of the items on our list of must-haves was a water softening system. Our geographic area tends to have fairly hard water, and as a chemical engineer, I’ve always appreciated the benefits of soft water. Today, I’m going to discuss how a water softening system works, along with the many benefits of soft water. I’ll also be sharing why I’m loving the Morton Salt Water Softening products!
The Benefits of Water Softening
Want to see a video that explains water softening in detail? Check out this video that features a stop-motion sequence on the actual ion exchange process involved in water softening!
Did you know that soft water is better than hard water? Yes, soft water leads to cleaner dishes, cleaner clothing, cleaner appliances and cleaner pipes. When water is considered hard, it means there are extra ions in the water, such as Calcium & Magnesium. These hard minerals (Calcium, Magnesium, & more) are responsible for that white build-up you sometimes see on appliances or plumbing fixtures. Not only is this white build-up visually unattractive, it is also responsible for shortening the lifespan of your appliances and/or causing plumbing issues over time. Here are some specific benefits of a water softening system:
- Glasses & dishes that come out of the dishwasher sparkling clean without a cloudy appearance
- Laundry that is softer & cleaner
- Less detergent required when doing laundry or cleaning dishes
- No hard water deposits on the tub, toilet, appliances & fixtures
- Higher efficiency of appliances
- Longer life for appliances
Now that you know why soft water is preferred over hard water, let me explain how a water softening system works. One may think that the process is very complicated or difficult to understand, but it’s really quite easy to understand! Here are the steps of a water softening system:
1. A water softening system contains polystyrene beads (also known as resin) that are negatively charged. These resin beads will typically have Sodium ions attached to them.
2. Hard water enters the water softening system. Hard water consists of water molecules, along with various hard minerals, such as Calcium & Magnesium.
3. As the hard water passes through the system, the positively-charged Calcium & Magnesium are attracted to & attach themselves to the negatively-charged resin beads, releasing a Sodium ion in the process. The water leaving the system is now soft, as it consists of water molecules and some Sodium ions.
4. The Morton Salt Water Softening products recharge the resin beads, replacing the Magnesium & Calcium ions with fresh Sodium ions. This allows the resin to perform at optimal levels.
In the above picture, you can see a few Morton Salt products that I picked up complimentary for testing purposes. I found these at my local home improvement store. These bags are really easy to carry with the durable built-in handle. It was also really easy to open these bags and pour the contents into the water softening system. There are different varieties of these Morton Salt Water Softening products, each designed to meet specific water softening needs.
With a water softening system in place, your home will benefit from bathroom fixtures that are clean & free of hard water deposits.
Your laundry will come out of the washing machine softer & cleaner than ever.
With soft water, your washing machine will need less detergent to achieve the same level of clean.
Furthermore, soft water will result in glasses & dishes that are sparkling clean without any cloudy spots!
Does your home have hard water? It’s really easy to find out! Simply visit Morton Salt and fill out a quick form. They will then send you a free water test kit that will determine whether you have hard water. You simply run the test strip under tap water for about one second, and the test will produce a particular color result that will correspond to a specific water hardness level.
Learn more about water softening and get your free water test strip HERE and tell me: Do you have a water softening system in your home? Would you love to save time & money by experiencing the benefits of soft water in your home?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.