How to Make Hard Water Softer at Home

Calcium and magnesium are common minerals found in hard water that are beneficial for drinking water, but harsh when used for bathing. Small amounts of chlorine is also found in hard water, which can lead to skin irritation due to the chemicals and minerals stripping your skin of its natural oils. The key to eliminating hard water is by softening it, which filters the minerals and chemicals out of the water to reduce skin irritation.

Things You'll Need

  • Shower head filter
  • Wrench
  • Water-filter pitcher


  1. Bathroom Water Softening

    • 1

      Unscrew your current shower head from the water pipe.

    • 2

      Screw the filter onto the end of the shower head, and screw the connected pieces onto the water pipe to complete the installation.

    • 3

      Turn the shower's faucet to run the water through the filter.

    Kitchen Water Softening

    • 4

      Submerge your water filter in tepid water for 15 minutes to prepare it for the pitcher.

    • 5

      Insert the filter into the water-filtration pitcher, and fill the pitcher with cool water.

    • 6

      Place the pitcher in your refrigerator to chill it.

    • 7

      Replace the filter every two months or as directed in the pitcher's manual to maintain clean water.

Tips & Warnings

  • Purchase a mechanical water softener for your home's water-supply system. Contact your local water supplier to have a professional install the water-softening device to your home's water system.
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