Water Expert Andy Ball: Slimy Water


Make text smaller Make text larger



Photos



  • Andy Ball



Why does soft water feel slimy or slick in the shower?


The minerals that make water hard usually contain calcium and magnesium. Calcium and magnesium in water interfere with the cleaning action of soap and detergent. They do this by combining with soap or detergent and forming a scum that does not dissolve in water. Because these minerals react with soap and detergent, they remove the soap and detergent, thereby reducing the effectiveness of these cleaning agents. You can overcome this by adding more soap or detergent. However, the scum that is formed can adhere to what is being washed, making it appear dingy.

An automatic water softener connected to water supply pipes removes magnesium and calcium from water and replaces them with a trace amount of sodium. Sodium does not react with soap or detergents. This will reduce the amount of soap you would need to use, and insures it will not remain in or on the item being washed, whether the item is tile, glassware, clothes, skin or hair.

Andy Ball
862-354-7698




Make text smaller Make text larger

Comments

Pool Rules



MUST READ NEWS

'Dave the Potter' shifts his focus from clay to wood, and a second career
By Linda Fields
— David Greenbaum isn’t one to fear the changing tides of time. In fact, you might say the currents have...

Read more »
Image

Transitioning to selfhood
By Frances Ruth Harris
— Petra Simone Kraus said she went through "the whole male thing." She had a job in...

Read more »
Image

Thanks to Newton Hospital and Belle Reve for A+ care
To the Editor:
My family and I want to thank Newton Hospital for the wonderful care I received from everyone on the staff when I fell and broke my arm at midnight on the...

Read more »

Pike District Attorney finds no voter fraud in the November election
— Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin said he has found no evidence of voter fraud in the Nov. 6 election.
The Pike County...

Read more »
Image

VIDEOS



Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Community Newspapers



MOST READ

Letters to the Editor
Thanks to Newton Hospital and Belle Reve for A+ care
  • Nov 20, 2018
Local News
'A heart as big as the universe'
  • Nov 20, 2018
Local News
Transitioning to selfhood
  • Nov 20, 2018

MOST COMMENTED



Weather in Milford, PA