Hey everyone – let’s just jump right into this one, shall we?
Hard water is water with high mineral content. It goes through processing (usually limestone and chalk) picking up minerals like magnesium and calcium, and sometimes iron – the more minerals it has the “harder” the water is . There are DIY water tests you can perform, but your water supplier should be able to provide this information. Signs of well water are curds, film on glass shower or walls, film on skin after washing. Hard water isn’t dangerous, but it can irritate the skin leave spots in your appliances and dishes, make the hair dry, brassy, sticky and/or unruly.
Another term that’s often used when you hear hard water, is well water. There is a no difference other than that well water is the name of a source of hard water. Well water, as you can imagine, is water that comes from a well in the ground. Other sources of water are ground water, surface water, and springs.
Water should have a ph balance of about 7. pH less than 7 is considered to be acidic and greater than 7 is basic. The average range for water in groundwater systems (the main source of water we get in our homes) is 6 to 8.5. Hard water has a PH greater than 8.5.
So what can you do about it?
Well there’s a few options, it really depends how much money you want to spend and how much effort you want to put into it. There are filters that you can purchase to install in your shower and faucets, as well as, filters you can install on the water line to your house. These can run anywhere from $30 to $100’s. You can also incorporate chelating shampoos (shampoos that work to specifically remove the buildup of hard water) to your routine.
Below I’ve also provided a list of chelating shampoos you can explore. I personally have the Ion Purifying Hard Water Shampoo. I hope this helps answer some of your questions about hard water and what to do if you do have it. If you have any other questions drop them below.
- Malibu Hard Water Wellness
- Ion Purifying Solutions Hard Water Shampoo
- Kenra Clarifying Shampoo
- Ouidad Water Works Shampoo
- Joico K Pak Chelating Shampoo