When my brother-in-law installed a water softener, he installed a
reverse osmosis unit after it to remove the sodium. I simply took the
feeds for the irrigation system, the outside hose bibs, the
drinking-water spigot and the ice-maker from ahead of the water softener.
As another poster said, the soap is coming off. More or less.
However, you aren't feeling clean skin, you feel the sodium carbonate
in the water that was left after the ion exchange between NaCl (salt)
and CaCO3 (calcium carbonate). It is a base and bases generally feel
slick because of their reaction with the oils in your skin. With
strong bases, that reaction yields soap and glycerin, no idea what the
sodium carbonate is doing. Maybe the same thing.
Soft water that is not artificially softened doesn't give that slick,
Comparing essentially deionized water to softened only water is not a
fair comparison. The TDS and other things in softened only water
changes the 'feel' of the water. The same applies to RO water.
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I remember rainwater from the old farm back in the UK when I was a child
before we had a piped water supply. It *did* feel slippery. And I just
tried washing my hands with distilled water; it *did* leave them feeling
Last year I moved into a house with a water softener. I got used to
the slick feeling fairly quickly and like the way it leaves my hair and
skin (soft). The thing I really like about softened water, though, is
the way it leaves my tub, shower, sinks, and laundry! I can use half
the laundry soap, yet the clothes are cleaner, and it's much easier to
clean the tub, glass shower doors, sinks, and fixtures.
I have an unsoftened water line to the kitchen sink. I drink that to
avoid the taste of softened water (although lots of people don't mind
it), and I fill my indoor watering can from that. I have an unsoftened
line to the back yard spigot, too; I'm not sure if it would hurt the
plants, but I don't see any reason to pay for soft water for them.
Eddie G wrote:
People should avoid drinking softened water.
It contains too much residual sodium.
The most economical way to plumb the softener,
is to have it feed your hot-water heater.
That way you use softened water for washing.
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