What is hard water .vs. soft water?
How to check if you have hard water in your area!
Enter in your Eircode or general area to the Uisce Eireann website to find out the water hardness rating (milligrams per litre).
Why we don’t soften hard water?
What impact does hard water have?
- Kettles or other drinking water boilers: Limescale build up from the minerals in hard water tend to precipitate and form scale deposits on the heating element of kettles and water boilers. This scale buildup can reduce the efficiency of the heating element and make it less effective at heating water. Over time, it can also lead to a reduced lifespan of these appliances.
- Hot water heating systems: Similar to kettles, hard water can cause scaling in hot water heating systems, including boilers and water heaters. This scale buildup can insulate heating elements, reducing their efficiency and increasing energy consumption. It can also lead to clogs and decreased water flow.
- Washing machines and dishwashers: react with soap or detergent, forming a curd-like substance called soap scum. This can reduce the cleaning effectiveness of detergents and lead to the formation of deposits on clothes, making them feel stiff and less comfortable to wear. It can also cause discolouration over time.
What about the affect hard water has on your hair?
Several noticeable effects on your hair:
- Buildup: The minerals, especially calcium and magnesium ions, can build up on your hair over time. This buildup can make your hair feel heavy, stiff, and less manageable. It may also affect the natural shine and softness of your hair.
- Dryness and Frizz: Strip away some of the natural oils from your hair and scalp, leaving your hair feeling dry and prone to frizz. This can result in hair that looks dull and lacks moisture.
- Colour Fading: If you have coloured or treated hair, this can lead to the fading of hair colour more quickly than with soft water. The minerals can interact with hair dyes and cause them to wash out faster.
- Difficulty Rinsing Shampoo and Soap: Make it more challenging to rinse out shampoo, conditioner, and soap completely from your hair. This can leave residues on your hair and scalp, which can lead to issues like dandruff or an itchy scalp.
- Reduced Lathering: Inhibit the formation of a rich lather when you use shampoo or soap. As a result, you may end up using more products to get a similar cleansing effect.