What Does Soft Water Feel Like?
Slippery When Wet is music to the ears for bona fide Bon Jovi fans. It’s also a commonly expressed feeling of those with newly installed water softeners. They are rinsing, rinsing, rinsing themselves off under the water, yet still feel covered in soap.
These bathers can rest easy. They are cleaner than they’ve ever been. What they are experiencing is simply science.
The Science of It All
Hard water contains an abundance of calcium and magnesium ions. When these ions react with soap, they prevent it from lathering, so often people will use more soap than necessary. Then, when rinsing the soap off in the hard water, the ions in the water leave a crusty residue on the skin.
With soft water, sodium and potassium ions replace the calcium and magnesium. Sodium and potassium allow soap to mix with water, so it instantly lathers better. When rinsed away, the skin is not covered in soap scum. What people are feeling is their skins own natural hydration instead of a scummy residue.
What Can You Do About It?
If it’s taking longer than you’d like to rinse with soft water, make sure you aren’t using too much soap – a habit you may have gotten into with hard water. Another option if you are having trouble adjusting to this new clean: soften only your hot water. When you take a shower, mix the hot and cold water, so the water you’re showering with isn’t as soft.