Reduce or eliminate the use of fabric softeners.
Fabrics washed in hard water retain soap curd or residue, making them “crackle” when removed from the dryer or stiff if air dried. Fabric softeners are necessary with hard water to keep your clothing soft, but with soft water, you can reduce your use of fabric softeners or eliminate them altogether.
Take special precautions with automatic dishwashers.
Soft water, when combined with caustic phosphates in some dishwasher detergents and very high temperatures in the dry cycle, can etch dishes and glassware. To prevent this possibility:
- use the “no heat” dry cycle on your dishwasher
- use the minimum amount of a good quality, low phosphate dishwasher
- detergent needed to clean your dishes. This may be as little as 20 percent
- of the amount recommended by the appliance manufacturer or on the
- dishwasher soap box
- wash good china and crystal by hand
Special care for plants and fish.
Depending on your water hardness level, amount of rainfall and how often you water, you could use soft water for outside watering, but why waste your soft water? Water your garden, shrubs and outside plants from an outside hard water tap or put your Kinetico 2020c in by–pass before watering.
Many house plants can be watered with soft water although some can be highly sensitive to the elevated level of sodium ions in soft water. You may prefer to water with hard water or water from a Kinetico Drinking Water System Plus. Fish accustomed to hard water may have trouble with an abrupt change to soft water. Make the transition gradually over a period of seven to 14 days by blending hard and soft water until the tank contains 100 percent soft water. Once you begin using soft water, you should notice that your fish tank stays cleaner longer.