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How to soften water without a water softener (4 effective methods)

Most people think the only way to soften hard water is by installing a water softener or water conditioner, but this is not the only solution. You can still soften water without a water softener using the following homemade DIY.

How to soften water without a water softener

How to soften hard water

Method 1: Boiling water

Fill the pot with water and put it on fire for boiling. As the water starts to boil, you will notice contaminants forming around the top side of the pot. Scoop those impurities out.

When water boils, remove it from fire and place aside to cool completely. You will see residue gather at the bottom of the pot.

Sieve the water in another clean container and leave the mineral residue at the bottom.

Boiling water makes your water taste flat because a lot of oxygen is lost. To restore the taste pour water back and forth between two clean containers for a few minutes. It will help regain oxygen lost during boiling.

Method 2: Using vinegar

This method works only for dishwashers and laundry using distilled white vinegar. Make sure you are using distilled white vinegar the other types of vinegar won’t work.

If you are washing dishes using hands pour 1 cup of vinegar in the rinse water. In the dishwasher pour 1 cup of the vinegar in the rinse aid dispenser or at the bottom of your dishwasher as the final rinse start.

The same case to laundry pours 1 cup of vinegar in the final rinse water if you are washing clothes using hands. In the washing machine pour 1 cup of the vinegar to the last cycle.

The vinegar may cause your clothes to have a smell if you are worried about it you can add fabric conditioner.

In case your water is extremely hard, add ½ cup of vinegar in wash water when using hands to wash dishes or clothes.

In the washing machine and dishwasher add ½ cup of the vinegar at the start of the wash cycle.

Method 3: using baking soda and borax

Add 1/2lb washing soda and ¼ lb borax in a container.

Add warm water halfway in the container that has a mixture of baking soda and borax.

Cover with lid and shake until the mixture fully dissolve in water.

Fill the container with the warm water and mix well.

Use 1 cup of the solution to each load of laundry.

Method 4: non-precipitating water conditioner to your laundry

Non-precipitating water conditioner traps hard water minerals during the wash. This method won’t work when using a precipitating water conditioner.

You can add the non-precipitating water conditioner during the rinse cycle or wash cycle.

When using during the wash cycle, add according to the label instructions.

How to soften laundry water without a water softener

Step 1:

Method 2, 3, and 4 explained above can help soften laundry water without a water softener.

Step 2:

You can use liquid detergent and not powder. The liquid detergent resists water hardness while a powdered bond with hard water minerals.

Then add a small amount of laundry borax to your washing load.

The laundry borax softens your water.

Add 1/2cup of borax in your washing machine per load. It is added in your wash cycle, not rinse cycle.

Step 3:

Wash your clothes in hot water a temperature the fabric can withstand.

How to soften dish cleaning water without a water softener

Method 2 and 3 explained above can help soften dish cleaning water without a water softener.

How to soften hard bathwater

Water hardness that has high concentrations of calcium and magnesium in water can leave your hair and skin feeling dry after bathing. If you experience dry skin and hair you need to solve the problem by softening bathwater

How do you soften hard bathwater

Bath salt- bath salt is commonly known to perfume bathwater but it also helps to soften water by adding sodium and potassium ions that replace minerals such as calcium and magnesium.

You don’t have to purchase bath salt from the store but you can make your right at home

Baking soda- adding ½ a cup of baking soda to the bath water help to soften it

Use of vinegar

Adding a cup of vinegar in the bathwater help soften it.

How to soften hard water for washing hair

Follow the this link to help guide on how to soften hard water for washing hair

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