Learning to Live with Hard Water

Living in an area with hard water takes a toll on your body and on the appliances in your home. When you cook with hard water, it leaves a film of residue on everything. When you try to clean dishes with hard water, especially if you’re using a dishwasher, the dishes are also left with a film of residue. This residue is difficult to remove, and it can tarnish the appearance of your utensils.

Additionally, when you live with hard water, you have to use more soap to clean your clothing, clean your dishes, and clean your body. Many are surprised to learn about the negative effect hard water has not only on their skin but also on their hair.

After bathing with hard water, people notice that their scalp and skin start to break out and their skin is very dry. When they iron their clothes, since the iron has accumulated massive buildup, it eventually leaves residue on the clothing. There are some things that a person can do to make life easier while living with hard water. For example, an alpine water cooler can make hard water more drinkable.

Another option is to keep your steam iron clean. A great way to do this is using a 50 percent vinegar and 50 percent water solution. Put this into the iron and turn the iron on high for around 15 minutes. Then let the iron sit for around one hour and repeat the process again. It may be beneficial to solely use distilled water in your iron as a way of preventing residue buildup.

When it comes to the water that you bathe with, the most effective way to solve the problem is to install a water softener. Another option may be an in-line water filter simply for the water head. This can trap some of the sediment from the water, making the water better for bathing and washing your hair.