Moms and dads often make big sacrifices for their families. They do so willingly because being a parent changes priorities and allows them to see the world differently.
“Suddenly, this little life comes into your world and all the things you want for yourself become meaningless compared to what you want for your child,” writes Stef Daniel in an article for professorshouse.com.
“The best-dressed kids in any given middle school across the country have a mother in blown out flip-flops who hasn’t bought a new bra in a decade,” Daniel says. “Her roots probably need to be done and her wardrobe is comprised of school fund raising t-shirts and jeans.”
Thankfully, not every parental decision is a them-or-us situation. Sometimes doing what is best for your family also benefits you. A good example is buying a soft water system for your home. While it’s easy to justify wanting it for your children’s health and cleanliness, it is also practical for mom and dad.
Here are some of the reasons soft water is a good choice for every member of the family.
While drinking plenty of pure water is essential to good health, soft water offers some additional benefits. It is great for keeping hair from becoming dry and brittle. It also improves skin tone and keeps skin cleaner. With hard water, soap leaves sticky residue on skin and can clog pores. A water softener can prevent clogged pores by allowing soap to lather better on your skin which helps shed minerals and dirt. You’ll be able to clean your body with less soap and your hair with less shampoo.
Soft water makes cleaning easier. Toilets, sinks, showers and tubs have less mineral buildup with soft water so they don’t need scrubbing as often. Soft water is also more effective at getting rid of dirt and stains on clothes, dishes and everything else. For example, research showed dishwashers and washers cleaned better than hard water while using 50 percent less soap.
Improved appliance performance
Using a water softener helps water heaters and major appliances operate more efficiently, according to a study commissioned by the Water Quality Research Foundation. Researchers ran dishwashers and washing machines for 30 days and 240 wash cycles. They ran softened water through half of the units, and used a hard water source for the others. At the end of the month, the washers using softened water were nearly free of scale buildup, but the washers using hard water required scale removal to work well.
The reduction in mineral buildup means everything in your home that uses water is likely to last longer — sometimes significantly longer. When it comes to expensive appliances like refrigerators, washers, dishwashers, hot water heaters, hot tubs and more, a few extra years of use can mean lots of dollars left in the family budget for other things — maybe a vacation at the beach.
The savings from soft water isn’t reserved only for big ticket items. Things like faucets, carpet cleaners and coffee makers will last longer as well. In addition, you’ll save money on household cleaning products, laundry and dish soap, bath soap and shampoo because soft water allows those products to work better even when using less.
Perhaps you are currently scrubbing your toilets too often in order to get rid of hard water stains or your bath water has an orange tint. Or maybe your children complain because your home’s water has a metallic taste. If so, you and your family probably deserve the benefits of a soft water system.
Flint Stephens has a master's degree in communication. He writes regularly on business, financial and medical topics.