Aside from being damaging to your hair and skin, hard water can have lasting effects on your fixtures and appliances. It’s a common issue homeowners and renters face in high sediment places. Water is considered “hard” when it contains high levels of minerals within its makeup, which leaves behind deposits when it is evaporated. Although it is completely healthy for humans to drink and use, it can wreak havoc on your plumbing and reduce the overall lifespan of its systems.
A few solutions to fix those hard water problems include:
- Vinegar: Because vinegar is acidic, it will remove the scaly buildup stains caused by hard water minerals.
- Self-care: Look for soaps or shampoo/conditioners that are formulated for hard water. Soap doesn’t lather up as much with hard water because it reacts with the minerals in the water. This can also cause a buildup on your skin and hair. Rinsing with apple cider vinegar can also help ensure your hair is staying free of that dulling buildup.
- Appliance Cleaners: Cleaning your appliances and pipes regularly is crucial. This will keep you from having to replace and add additional maintenance to your plate. As mentioned above, vinegar is a cheaper alternative for descaling, but this method is more successful for smaller things such as Keurig’s or other small appliances. For those larger appliances, chlorine-based or acidic cleaners are going to be your best bet.
- Heat: Turn down the heat in your water heater. Hot water is a contributing factor to hard water stains and buildup. Keeping the temperature down will help delay the scale accumulation.
- Water softener: Although not an option for most renters, investing in a water softener is a safe fix for homeowners when it comes to hard water. It’s going to help not only the life of your pipes/appliances, but long-term, your clothes, skin, hair and wallet are all going to be thanking you.