M asked in Home & GardenCleaning & Laundry · 4 months ago

How to know if water is hard or soft without using those testing kits?

12 Answers

  • 4 months ago
    Favorite Answer

    Wash your hands. Soft water and soap will make lots of lather, feel very slippery and it will seem like you can't get all the soap off. Hard water is the opposite and you will likely have mineral stains on the sink, tub and toilet.

  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    If you boil water in a tea kettle, then look inside the kettle. If there is a white color, that is mineral salts. Which is ALWAYS common with WELLS. If your source water comes from a river or mountain lake that has WAY LESS dissolved minerals in it. Rainwater is just water, there are no minerals. Snow is the same as rainwater. Really, neither are harmful to you as your body just uses some of the dissolved salts for bones and teeth and the rest is eliminated. People have lived for well over 100 years on well water.

  • 4 months ago

    do you have to add more soap to get suds or does your water suds up a lot even with a small amount of soap?

    Lots of suds easily and you have soft water.

    Gotta add lots of soap to water to get some suds going? Hard water.

  • chris
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    Find a clean glass or plastic bottle with a tight-fitting cap. Fill the bottle 1/3 full with water straight from the faucet (should be about 8 to 10 ounces).

    Add 10 drops of ​dishwashing liquid; use pure liquid soap (not "detergent") and shake well for at least 10 seconds. Set the bottle down and observe the results:

    ■ If the soapy solution foams up quickly, creating a lot of suds, and the water below the suds layer is relatively clear, you probably have at least fairly soft water.

    ■ If the solution does not foam up well, creating only a shallow layer of suds, and the water below the suds is cloudy, you likely have hard water.

    Source(s): Googled it!
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  • 4 months ago

    When you shower does your shower gel lather easily or not at all?

    Soft water produces more lather than hard water.

    Source(s): Many pompous years
  • Me2
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    Put a few cups of water in a saucepan with a shiny interior, then boil dry (turn the heat to low when only a film of water remains).  The amount of residue indicates the relative hardness.

  • 4 months ago

    look inside your kettle

  • Bill
    Lv 6
    4 months ago

    put dish washer detergent in it

    soft water and it lathers really well

    hard water and there will be little froth

  • 4 months ago

    If it melts plastic don't drink it

  • 4 months ago

    Do you have a humidifier. Pour some water into it and let it run for a few cycles. Turn it off and let the wet area get dry. If you see a lot of white crusty stuff then the water is hard. If you see nothing then it’s soft. Hard water is caused by calcium deposit. Calcium has a higher boiling point than water so if you boil away the water, the calcium deposit remains.

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