Health Effects from a Water Softener

Water softeners do more than just make hard water a thing of the past: they can also help with some health issues that were heightened by hard water. Here are some of the most common health concerns that a water softener can help address, and we also address a common myth:

Skin and hair condition

Hard water makes detergents less effective, and can cause soap scum to remain on the skin, which makes it harder to wash off dirt and bacteria. Hair can become dull and hard to tend to, but a water softener restores sodium to your water supply, thereby alleviating these problems. It will allow your shampoo to scrub your hair more completely, meaning a full head of soft, shinier hair that won’t need as much conditioning.

If you live in an area where the climate is dry or there is low humidity during the winter, then you might notice your skin becoming parched and dry. While lotions offer temporary relief, bathing in soft water is a more pleasant way to treat the irritation as the irritating minerals are removed from your home’s water supply.


Soft water will not permanently cure eczema, but can help alleviate some of the symptoms. Studies have found that installing a water softener can help to relieve itching and skin rashes, which are common symptoms of the skin condition.

Consuming softened water

There have been many reports that suggest consuming softened water is detrimental to one’s health. Despite what myths and rumors are being circulated, a water softener doesn’t generate salty-tasting water or greatly increase your sodium intake. According to the Mayo Clinic:

Hard water contains large amounts of calcium and magnesium. Some water-softening systems remove calcium and magnesium ions and replace them with sodium ions. The higher the concentration of calcium and magnesium, the more sodium needed to soften the water. Even so, the added sodium doesn’t add up to much.

However, water softening is not the same as water filtration. If you would like to know how to get the best tasting drinking water, check out our Drinking Water Systems.

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