As a company that installs water softeners in Farmington, we sometimes get asked about a few common misconceptions about water softeners. So we would like to take some time to address some of the most common ones we hear.
Myth: You cannot drink water from water softeners.
Some people have heard that there is a lot of sodium in water from water softeners, thanks to the way it is treated. While there is some sodium, it is a trace amount. There is only about 75 to 100 milligrams of sodium in one quart of water from a properly working water softener.
Myth: If you bathe in water from a water softener, the water will not rinse the soap off properly.
Actually, if you bathe in water from water softeners, soap and shampoo rinse off even better than they do in hard water. So that “slippery” feeling you feel on your skin is because the natural moisturizing agents in your body are better able to do their job, thanks to the softened water.
Myth: Water softeners are a waste of money and water.
Water softeners are actually the only household appliance you use that can save you money. Your water heating bills can be reduced, and they can also help to decrease the amount of cleaning chemicals you need to clean your bathroom and kitchen. Plus, they can help decrease how much you spend on laundry detergent. Not to mention, water softeners can extend the life of your water-using appliances.
Myth: Water softeners remove healthy nutrients from water.
Sure, water softeners remove calcium and magnesium, which are great nutrients for your body. However, when these two nutrients are in your water, they are not in the correct form for your body to digest and use the way it can when the nutrients come in the form of food or dietary supplements.