The 13 Reasons Why You Need A Water Softener

Updated: Feb. 01, 2024

Having soft water can make your life a little more comfortable; here are the top reasons why.

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Water Softener Benefits

A water softener removes minerals from water; that means cleaner laundry, a longer life for water-using appliances, less mineral buildup on plumbing fixtures and a lot of other benefits.

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Better for Skin

Dry, itchy skin becomes a thing of the past with soft water. Hard water contains calcium and magnesium and will leave behind soap scum, which will clog pores. The minerals will also absorb some of the natural moisture from your skin.

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Less Soap

Hard water makes it tougher to build a lather of soap and shampoo. Soft water can mean using less soap and shampoo, meaning you can buy the fancy shampoo and not feel so bad about it.

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Lower Energy Bill

The thought is that appliances that use water will function more efficiently with soft water because there won’t be as much of a mineral build-up. Pocket some more savings with these energy saving tricks.

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Brighter Fabrics

Hard water can reduce the cleaning power of laundry detergent. The Cleaning Institute recommends adding more laundry detergent than is suggested to help soften the water. Those who use soap to wash their clothes in hard water will notice that a soap curd can form, which will make fabrics feel stiff. Get a better wash for your laundry with these 13 awesome tips.

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Longer-Lasting Plumbing

Limescale can build up inside pipes and begin to clog them. Make sure you know you can make fixes to your water softener after reading these tips.

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Better Hair

It’s tougher to rinse all the shampoo from your hair with hard water and it can make your hair feeling limp. Your scalp can feel dry and itchy, like your skin. Hard water can also fade hair coloring quicker. Got a problem with hair building up in the drain? Find out what a Zip-It Drain Cleaning tool can do.

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No More Hard Water Stains

Trying to remove hard water stains can be a painstaking process, and hard water stains are an eyesore. Soft water users don’t have to worry about those stains.

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Better Water Flow in Shower

It’s super frustrating when your showerhead is operating at only half capacity. A shower suddenly isn’t as refreshing and you can blame hard water for clogging up the showerhead holes. But there’s an easy solution to cleaning the showerhead, read about it here.

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Cleaner Dishes

That little white line of crust at the bottom of a glass or a ring around a plate is frustrating. But hard water makes getting clean dishes difficult. You can switch to soft water or find out why your dishwasher isn’t cleaning dishes.

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Reduce Greenhouse Gasses

A study by John and Candice Blount of Pure & Gentle Inc. claims that the cumulative effect of using a water softener can mean a greenhouse gas reduction similar to that of getting one and 1/3 cars off the road. That cumulative effect means products that use water lasting longer because of soft water, a decreased use of detergent, soap and shampoo.

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Save Money

A water softener will cost additional money but the savings will be seen with the increased longevity of appliances that use water, not to mention your plumbing, and decreased use of detergents and soaps. Here’s how to maintain a water softener to make sure it lasts.

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Water Tastes Better

Of course, this one is more subjective. There are likely people who will say they prefer well water to anything else, too. But some people think soft water tastes better.