Hacks for bathing with a broken water softener
October 4, 2013 3:46 PM Subscribe
While I am waiting for the return of the plumber, what can I put in my very
hard water bath to make it not feel like a hard water bath?
posted by kmennie to home & garden (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We are a few days into the breakdown of the water softener and my well water is horrible. If you understand the chemistry of "hard" and "soft" water better than I do, tell me what to dump into my bathtub.
The untreated water means instant hangnails, all-over scratching, wiry hair. I am leaving my child unshampooed, but I am highly bath-reliant for stress relief.
Things I have tried: vinegar. Baking soda. Bath salts. Apple cider vinegar. Bath oils.
If I need to try any of the above in enormous quantity, great. If I need to dissolve several pounds of water softener salt pellets in a stock pot to have a pleasant bath, no problem. Assume I am already drenching myself in various lotions the second I step out. Aesthetics are no longer a concern; my coming out smelling weird or with bad hair is fine -- it just has to feel nice to soak in, and not further dry me out.