Does Soft Water Mean Salty Water?

If you know anything about how water softeners work, you’ll know that they use a salt solution to barter with the offending hard water minerals — swapping out calcium and magnesium for sodium. But if that’s so, wouldn’t that make soft water very salty? …Not exactly. Here’s why:

Does soft water increase my sodium intake?

If you’re worried about overloading your body with sodium, rest assured. While water softeners do exchange minerals for salt, the end result actually leaves very little sodium behind. To put it into perspective, you’d have to drink between six and eight glasses of softened water in order to be on the same sodium level as a single slice of white bread. Your ham and cheese with a side of soft water is perfectly fine!

Will I be able to taste the salt in soft water?

This really depends on the hardness level of your water to begin with – but typically, no. The harder your water, the more minerals it will possess. That means, it will require more salt to strip the calcium and magnesium away. More salt equals a higher chance of a more flavorful aftertaste.

Pro Tip: We suggest coupling your water softening system with a reverse osmosis system for best tasting results!

Interested in learning more about how you and your family can benefit from installing a water softening and/or RO system? Don’t hesitate to give the water treatment experts at Aquarius Water Conditioning a call! For more information, call 1-888-741-9058 or contact us online today.


Laura Schara

Kinetico is an essential part of my home because I care about my health.  Kinetico K5 drinking system removes 99% of contaminants, including chlorine, out of my drinking water.  Not only can I taste the difference, but I feel good knowing that I am only consuming clean pure water.  When you have kinetico, less plastic water bottles are used, which is beneficial to our environment.  

Laura Schara

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