If you find yourself spending too much time on household chores and not enough time with your family, there’s a simple solution that can make your life easier. The answer is to use softened water.
Dreary tasks such as washing dishes, doing laundry and cleaning up the bathroom and kitchen are easier and less time-consuming with softened water-and softened water brings added benefits such as softer skin and shinier hair.
Hard water forms when naturally occurring minerals enter water sources. It is also very common in this country. Eighty-five percent of the U.S. geography has hard water, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. As our population grows and becomes more diverse, many homeowners may be feeling the effects of hard water without even realizing it.
The naturally occurring minerals in “hard” water make it difficult for soaps, detergents and shampoos to lather, which in turn forces you to scrub harder when cleaning your home. In fact, the term “hard water” originally referred to water that was difficult or hard to work with.
Installing a water softener in your home can greatly reduce the natural hard minerals found in water. Inside the water softener, salt pellets are used to charge thousands of tiny resin beads with sodium ions. As hard water moves over the resin beads, the minerals are replaced with sodium ions, creating soft water.
While the joys of soft water greatly outweigh the maintenance of a water softener, one task most people dread is changing the softener pellets as instructed by the manufacturer. Carrying bags of salt to the water softener was a chore that hadn’t seen much improvement in a long, long time-until now. Diamond Crystal® water-softening salt now comes in a two-handled bag. When compared to other brands’ single rigid handle, the two-handled bag makes it easier and more comfortable to change the salt. Simple instructions are printed in English and Spanish, and the product works in any water softener.
After all, wouldn’t you rather spend more time and energy on family fun than tiresome household tasks?