Living in a hard water area can create extra chores, as hard water leaves limescale on kettles, taps, toilets, and even your dishes.
Hard water is caused by a high concentration of minerals such as magnesium and calcium in some areas of the country. This chalky white build-up of minerals is not harmful to human health, but can be stubborn and frustrating to clean away – discover our eco-friendly method to descale kettles and taps.
How can I soften water?
- Fit taps with a water filter
Hard water can prevent soap from lathering well and can leave a residue behind. A water filter fitted to your bathroom and kitchen taps filters water as it exits the tap, improving the quality of the water you use to shower and wash up.
- Add water softeners to your washing machine
Washing soda, or sodium carbonate, reacts with hard water minerals to soften your water inside the washing machine, which allows your detergent to lather more for a better cleaning action.
- Boil water before using it
Kettles attract lots of limescale because boiling hard water effectively removes many of the minerals. If you want to create small quantities of soft water, boil it in a saucepan and let it cool before filtering out the white mineral deposits.
- Keep a water filtration jug in the fridge
If you prefer to drink soft water, it may be worth investing in a jug with a water filter – simply keep it in the fridge and top it up as needed.
- Invest in a water softening system
The only way to protect your home’s internal water systems and appliances from mineral deposits in a hard water area is by installing a water softening system, which filters the water as it comes into your home.