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Slippery-When-Wet; Feelings you can expect from softened water.

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It's harder to work up a lather in hard water, yet rinsing in softened water may leave you feeling slippery.

If you have or are considering a softener for your water please take note: Softened water is different than hard water and to some people the feeling of softened water will take some getting accustom to. For most, the benefits of softened water far Outweigh the slippery-when-wet feeling.

Do you have hard water? If you do, you may have or be considering a water softener to help protect your plumbing from scale buildup, prevent soap scum, and lessen the amount of soap and detergent needed for cleaning. You've probably heard that cleaners work better in soft water than in hard water, but does that mean you will feel cleaner if you bathe in softened water? Maybe not. Rinsing in softened water may leave you a totally different feeling than rinsing with hard water. You may feel a little slippery or slimy and soapy, even after a thorough rinsing. In order to understand why softened water can leave you feeling slippery or slimy you have to look at the chemistry of soft water and soap.

Hard water contains calcium and magnesium ions which is what makes the water hard. Water softeners remove those ions by exchanging them for sodium or potassium ions. Two factors contribute to that slippery-when-wet feeling you can get after soaping up with softened water.

First, soap lathers better in soft water than in hard water, so it's easy to use too much. The more dissolved soap there is, the more water you need to rinse it away.

Second, the ions in softened water lessen its ability to 'stick' to the soap molecules, making it more difficult to rinse the cleanser off your body. Essentially, soap would rather stick to you than get rinsed away in soft water.


What can you do to mitigate the slippery-when-wet feeling?

If the slippery-when-wet feeling is a problem for you there are a few things you can try to mitigate the problem. You can use less soap, try a synthetic liquid body wash (synthetic detergent or syndet), or rinse with naturally-soft water or rainwater.