Now that you know why hard water is a problem and the signs to recognize, the next step is to get rid of it. Here are a few hard water treatment options you can try out in your home.
5 hard water solutions for your home
Since the majority of hard water is calcium, it is highly reactive with acids like vinegar.
Place small fixtures that are covered in buildup into a bowl of hot, all-natural vinegar to dissolve the calcium deposit in about an hour. Another common hard water treatment recommendation for white film and spot problems on your appliances is using distilled vinegar. This will kill mold, bacteria, germs, and help clean dishware through regular wash cycles.
You may also notice a build-up of soap scum from hard water that vinegar can help get rid of. A simple rinsing with 1-part apple cider vinegar and 3-parts filtered water will do the trick.
2. Lower your water tempurature
Not many people realize that running hot water through the hot water heater contributes to hard water stains and mineral buildup. This is due to the mineral precipitation process that takes place in the hottest part of the plumbing system. Over time, the hot water heater will accumulate scale from hard water buildup. Reducing the temperature of the heater will help delay the accumulation.
It is also important to flush the heater every so often to keep sediment from clogging up the fixture. In areas with hard water, this is especially problematic as it contributes to the amount of time it takes for your hot water heater to accumulate unnecessary junk at the bottom of the tank.
3. Rinse aid
Ever notice with hard water, you usually have to use extra soap for it to foam? This is because soap molecules are negatively charged on one end to help the molecule dissolve in water.
The other end of the molecule works to keep oil particles suspended in the water. Hard water works against the molecule because it contains positively charged calcium atoms. The two form a bond with no charge, rendering the soap molecule unable to dissolve.
To help get rid of hard water deposits on dishes and glassware, use a product similar to Lemi-Shine. Products like this work to treat years of hard water buildup, stains, and film. Products that are specifically formulated for hard water are made to withstand the positive charge of the calcium atoms so that soap can be rinsed off easily.
4. Appliance cleaners
As mentioned above, it is important to treat hard water buildup on appliances. This rule applies to pipe systems as well. Over time, calcified buildup becomes hard to remove. We recommend cleaning pipes and appliances regularly to keep from having to replace them too soon with simple appliance cleaning solutions that are available from many brands. These solutions include cleaners that are acidic, abrasive, chlorine-based and more to help with hard water problems.
As mentioned above, vinegar is an inexpensive substitute for some more expensive packaged appliance cleaners. For smaller appliances such as coffee makers, run two cups of strong white vinegar water through them on a regular basis to help prevent hard water buildup. This will ensure that it’s being cleaned thoroughly in areas that are hard to reach and will keep tea and coffee tasting great while lengthening the lifespan of the appliance.
5. Aquasana Whole House Salt-Free Water Conditioner
For the long-term, comprehensive protection for pipes and all appliances against hard water, the best thing to do is invest in a descaler. The Aquasana Whole House Salt-Free Water Conditioner connects to your main water line and protects your entire home by dissolving excess minerals from hard water into microscopic crystal particles that easily pass through your plumbing system and don’t build up over time.
Unlike salt-based water conditioners, the Aquasana Salt-Free Water Conditioner does not expose your immune system to excess sodium and it does not demineralize your water which affects its taste and health benefits.
Furthermore, using our Salt-Free Water Conditioner means you won’t need to worry about purchasing heavy salt bags and doing complicated and frequent replacements (most water softeners need new salt every 6-8 weeks). In fact, our Salt-Free Water Conditioner is incredibly low maintenance, as it does not require electricity or wastewater drainage and the system lasts for 6 years. As a testament to the quality of our system, it comes with a 6-year warranty.
Take a look at our Salt-Free Water Conditioner to learn how it can help get rid of hard water problems including scale buildup on plumbing, stains on dishes, and calcification that shortens the life of frequently used appliances such as your washing machine and dishwasher.
Which hard water treatment solution should you use?
We outlined several options to get rid of hard water problems in your home, but the one you should use depends on the severity of your issues. If you only have slightly hard water some of the signs may barely be noticeable so you could try some of the easy fixes like vinegar or hard water cleaning products. If your water is moderately hard or above, you should consider investing in a descaler to ensure hard water doesn’t damage your home’s plumbing system.
We recommend our low-maintenance Salt-Free Water Conditioner to prevent scale build-up without affecting the taste and health benefits of your water. For questions about how this product can help get rid of hard water, check out the product page for more information or contact us!