These days, whether you are drinking well water or getting water through municipal water plant, there are chances that you might end up drinking or using hard water. There are many regions across the world that are still getting hard water for use which is not at all good for health and lifestyle. When a high content of dissolved minerals like calcium and magnesium are found in water, then water is considered as hard.
Hard water is not only harmful to health but it is also bad for your appliances, water pipes, and clothes. The hard water that we get in our homes is high in calcium, iron and magnesium content resulting in itchiness of skin and damage to hair. Usually, the measurements of hard water are expressed in PPM, which expresses the content of metals and minerals per million parts of water. If this PPM value of water is higher than a certain threshold value, then it is considered as hard which is fatal for our health and lifestyle. To make this hard water soft, there are certain tips you can follow at home, without having to make major changes. Of course, the long-term solution of converting hard water solutions is to invest in water softeners; other than this, there are smart DIY tips which you can try at home to protect your family from hard water:
Boil water before use
Make a regular practice of boiling your water before you use it for cleaning, washing or brushing. It’s the best way of removing the majority of impurities. However, it will not work for all homes as it’s a temporary method of removing hardness but you can try this once to see if it works for you.Once the water is boiled, let it cool for some hours and you can easily notice the visible impurities settling down the surface. After this, pour the top of the water which is softened now and ready to use without any harmful agents.
Adding washing soda to water
The hardness of water prevents soaps and detergents forming lather and cleaning effectively. Adding washing soda or Sodium carbonate (Na2CO3) can remove temporary hardness from water; make it soft enough to create lather more easily from soap and detergents.
This method does not completely remove limescale from water, so chances are that you might spot some minerals affecting the durability of your clothes. Although reasonably effective, this method requires time, storage and strength to carry large amounts of water.
Use of filters to your kitchen and bathroom taps
To prevent hard water from damaging your skin, hair, and overall health, you can apply water filters to taps in your kitchen and bathrooms. This method allows lather to form for your washing activities while reducing scale can build-up in sinks and faucets. However, these filters may not remove all of the impurities present in the water either.While these are the temporary methods you can try at home to reduce the hardness of water, they require time, efforts and usually don’t prevent the unseen damage caused to heating systems and boilers. So if you live in an area where hard water is the only type of water available, these short-term remedies or tips can help you to protect your family from problems caused by hard water.