Should Drinking Water Contain Minerals?

Taking a Closer Look at Truly Healthy Drinking Water Millions of people are paying extra attention to their health these days and with good reason. Sicknesses abound, and a continually growing number of medical issues seem to be coming to light. For quite some time, studies have shown that drinking water is one of the … Read more

Water Softener Winterization Guide

Cabin during winter; how to winterize your water softener.

In the Midwest, when the days get shorter and the nights grow colder, it’s time to start the process of winterizing your cabin for the long months ahead. You may have many “to-dos” on your winter checklist before you can officially close up your cabin, but make sure water softener winterization is at the top … Read more

Can Hard Water Cause Hair Loss?

Hard water on hair.

We all know the minerals in hard water can cause dry hair and frizz, but will hard water cause hair loss, too? The higher the concentration of calcium and magnesium in your water supply the harder the water (USGS). And if these minerals have the ability to irritate our skin, create soap scum buildup, and … Read more

How Does Hard Water Affect Your Skin?

cream on hand with dry skin caused by hard water.

Hard water—it makes our linens stiff and leaves our showers covered in soap scum, but did you know it can also affect our bodies’ largest organ? Our skin doesn’t exactly take kindly to hard water minerals, and the after-effects of prolonged use can cause skin irritation, too! So, what does hard water do to your … Read more

How to Make Cabin Water Taste Better

Iron-stained shower head at cabin

For us Midwesterners, traveling to our family cabin or lake house is at the top of our summer priority list! There’s nothing more refreshing than heading up north to enjoy fresh air, woodland surroundings, and plenty of free time fishing on a nearby lake. Though we all love spending our weekends and well-deserved PTO at … Read more

How to Clean Your Shower Head of Hard Water Buildup

A man cleaning a dirty showerhead from hard water build up.

Whether you like to shower in the morning or late at night, there’s nothing more refreshing than feeling the full blast of water wake you up or rinse off the dirt and residue from a long day. But if your shower head is starting to show signs of calcium deposits (e.g. unattractive mounts of a … Read more

Does Hard Water Make Soap Scum Worse?

Woman washing hands and leaving soap scum behind on bathroom sink

Did you know that the minerals in hard water can make bathroom soap scum problems even worse? Let’s take a quick look at why hard water and soap never seem to get along. When hard water reacts with soap it forms a white, scaly layer on the surfaces of your shower, bathtub, sink, and other … Read more

Is Hard Water Bad for Your Hair?

Woman checking mirror for signs of dry skin and hair from hard water

Dealing with a dry, itchy scalp or brittle hair? The reason may have more to do with your home’s hard water system than your hair type or shampoo products. Hard water and hair have a complicated relationship. And there’s two reasons for this: Hard water causes mineral buildup on your scalp and hair, which can … Read more

Remove Hard Water Stains in Your Shower for Good

Freshly cleaned white porcelain bathroom tube and shower tile

Tired of seeing orange stains inside your shower? The reason why your white porcelain bathtub may now show traces of orange spots is likely due to hard water build up. Hard water contains higher amounts of iron, calcium, and magnesium. And when these minerals oxidize with the air, they adhere to soap scum (wikihow) and … Read more

Is Softened Water Safe for Plants?


We’ve said it time and again—softened water is better for your hair, skin, laundry, and plumbing system. Even so, some people still wonder if soft water is good for plants. Well, the answer depends, as different kinds of treated water can be beneficial for your lawn, plants, and garden.  Soft Water and Plants  If you have … Read more