Hard vs. Soft Water: What’s The Difference?

You may have heard that bathing in hard water can be bad for you, but is that true? What’s the difference between hard and soft water?

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Hard facts about tap water
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-04-25/health/sc-health-0425-hard-soft-water-20120425_1_hard-water-soft-water-calcium-and-magnesium
“Apparently, all tap water is not created equal. Some water is deemed ‘hard,’ and other is considered to be ‘soft.’ And here’s the confusing part: Hard water isn’t better than soft in all situations, and soft isn’t always preferable. Confused yet? We explain the ins and outs of each below.”

Hardness of Water
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/triple_ocr_gateway/chemistry_out_there/hardness_of_water/revision/1/
“Hard water contains dissolved magnesium and calcium ions. These make it more difficult for the water to form a lather with soap. Temporary hardness is caused by dissolved calcium hydrogen carbonate (which is removed by boiling).”

The Expedited Explainer: Hard vs. Soft Water
http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/a10893/expedited-explainer-hard-vs-soft-water-17008740/
“Not all water is created equal. Namely, some is hard (about 85 percent of the water in the U.S.) and some is soft-and the difference is important. It comes down to minerals, which are annoying in some circumstances and helpful in others.”
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Written by: Jennie Butler

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