There are quite a few myths swimming around about softened water regarding what you can and can’t do with it. We’ve taken the top 5 myths out there and have the real answers for you.
1. “You can’t drink softened water”
Softened water is safe to drink, there are only a couple of exceptions. People who are on a low sodium diet, prescribed by a doctor, are not advised to drink it and it is also not advised to mix it with baby feeds. Otherwise, it is perfectly safe.
Drinking water must comply with Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) who advise that the maximum limit of sodium is 200mg/l (milligrams per litre). This will only be exceeded where the water is extremely hard, for example 450ppm (parts per million).
The NHS recommends that “Adults should eat no more than 2.4g of sodium per day, as this is equal to 6g of salt.”
For example, in an average hard water area, a 250ml glass of softened water would contribute to 1% of your daily sodium intake.
Make sure not to get salt and sodium figures mixed up. To convert sodium to salt, you need to multiply the sodium amount by 2.5. For example, 1g of sodium per 100g is 2.5 grams of salt per 100g.
To put this in to context, here are a few comparisons of sodium levels in other products
2. “Softened water tastes salty”
Contrary to popular belief, softened water doesn’t taste salty, the salt is used to soften the resin inside the water softener and doesn’t enter your mains water supply. It is your incoming water supply that will determine the taste.
Everyone has their own preference when it comes to drinking softened and hard water.
When a Minimax supplier installs your water softener they will also offer to install a hard water drinking tap to give you both choices. We also offer a Minimax Water Filter which produces purer and fresher tasting water straight from your tap.
3. “You can’t cook with softened water”
Yes, you can cook with softened water. It is actually thought to improve the taste of some foods. The softened water is free from minerals, which helps ingredients keep their flavour.
4. “You can’t use softened water in hot drinks”
Softened water will actually significantly improve the taste of your hot water drink. When you use hard water in your tea or coffee it mixes with the calcium present in the water and creates a horrible film that floats on the top. With softened water you won’t get any scum!
Softened water will make your tea or coffee taste even nicer, due to there being no limescale, and brewing times are also much quicker.
Watch our hard vs soft water tea video below to see the difference it can make.
5. “Softened water doesn’t contain fluoride”
A Minimax Water Softener only switches positively charged ions such as calcium, magnesium and potassium. Fluoride, chloride, sulphate and nitrate are negatively charged, so will not be removed during the softening process and therefore still remain in the water.
A reverse osmosis, distillation or activated alumina system will be able to reduce fluoride.
To find out more about this speak to your local Minimax supplier.