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

How vaccines protect the whole community
Did you know that when you get vaccinated, you’re protecting yourself and your community too?
This concept is called community immunity, or herd immunity. And...

Read more »
Image

Pike's Peek


Here is the next clue: where have you seen this detail? If you think you know visit pikecountycourier.com and click on the Fun & Games tab at the top of tghe...

Read more »
Image

Pike's Peek
Congratulations to Pike County Commissioner Matt Osterberg who correctly identified the detail in last week's clue at 113 East George St. in Milford.



Here is...

Read more »
Image

Report details sexual abuse by more than 300 Pennsylvania Catholic priests
BY ERIKA NORTON
After a two-year statewide investigation, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office released a grand...

Read more »

VIDEOS



Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Community Newspapers


MOST READ

Where in clues
Pike's Peek
  • Aug 17, 2018
Where in answers
Pike's Peek
  • Aug 17, 2018
Columns
Journalists are not the Enemy
  • Aug 16, 2018

MOST COMMENTED



Weather in Milford, PA