Finding yourself in Hard Water

Hard water, it’s a phrase that you may have heard of when talking about the area that you live in. It may mean that your water tastes better[1], but it can cause spotting on glass, film on bathroom surfaces, and a buildup in your dishwasher that can be difficult to remove by hand.

What is Hard Water?

Water is “hard” when it contains relatively high levels of calcium and magnesium, as well as other minerals. The more minerals that appear within the water, the harder water can be. The phrase itself is thought to have come from the difficulty by which it can be to get lather from soap, essentially, “it’s hard”.


The Kettle Effect

One of the easier ways to demonstrate the effect of hard water is to take a look inside of your kettle. If you live in a hard water area, you may notice a white, scaly substance at the bottom of the kettle, or advancing up the sides if it’s been there a while without a clean. Over time, the same limescale that you see can have an effect on the parts that heat the kettle too, which could lessen the effectiveness of it. Your kettle could boil slower, or eventually break, without cleaning or replacement.


How to deal with Hard Water Build-Up

In your dishwasher, hard water can have two results: cloudy glasses, and limescale build up. There are a number of ways to deal with this problem, ranging from simple cleaning solutions to adding a new tank to your home.

  • Finish Dishwashing Salt can help you avoid scale deposits in the dishwasher, and on dishes, by softening the water inside the machine. It boosts cleaning performance by preventing spots and watermarks that hard water can leave on your dishes.
  • Helps achieve the perfectly dry result and clear away food residues and water spots with Rinse Aid Shine & Protect. It saves you time, by dispersing water droplets, and leaves your dishes with a brilliant shine.