If you’ve been using a water softener for a while, you may have noticed that your softened water feels slimy. This feeling is caused by the minerals in your hard water interacting with the soap and detergents used in your household. While it’s not harmful, it can be a little off-putting.

Here’s what you need to know about why your softened water feels slimy and how to fix it.

Water that contains a lot of magnesium and calcium, such as hard water, is packed with magnesium and calcium. Mineral deposits and limescale begin to build upon your house: in the sinks, showers, and even on your skin as a result of this. Soft water substitutes the magnesium and calcium ions with sodium ions.

The salty nature of the water prevents the build-up of these minerals but also results in a slimy feeling.

You may feel slimy and slippery after a shower as if you haven’t gotten all the soap off of you. When calcium and magnesium combine with soap, they form soap curds. They’re usually insoluble and might remain on your skin for longer periods of time. The replacement of these minerals with sodium ions prevents this soap curd buildup.

The sliminess only lasts while you’re showering, however. When you rinse your body, the water rinses away any soap curds that may have formed on you while you showered.

Once you’re out of the shower, the sliminess stops.

Is it normal for soft water to have a slippery feel?

In comparison to hard water, softened water can feel smooth or silky on the skin. Since hard water makes it harder for soap to lather up, you’ll find that you need to use more shampoo and soap in the shower when you have a lot of buildup on your skin.

With softened water, your shampoo and soap will lather much better since there’s no build-up on your skin or in your pipes. This results in cleaner hair and skin, as well as less soap used.

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So you should use less soap in soft water than you do in hard water. Softened water is clear and pure and leaves no residue behind like hard water does when used with soap.

Softened water will also not leave limescale or mineral deposits on your bathroom fixtures. It’s free from these contaminants which makes it more difficult for soap curds to form while you shower.

Can a water softener make water too soft?

Do you ever worry that your water softener is making your water too soft? You’re not alone. Many homeowners are concerned that their water is becoming too soft, but is this actually a problem?

In reality, there is no such thing as too soft water. Metal ions and nonmetal anions are present in hard water. In a water softener, sodium ions are used to replace the cations, and chloride ions are used to replace the anions.

Once this process is complete, the softening process stops. There’s no way to somehow over-soften your water.

The human body needs a certain amount of potassium in order to function properly, but too much sodium can be harmful for your health in high quantities. So the best way to balance out your hard and softened water is by purchasing a home filter that removes sodium from the water.

When it comes time for you to purchase a new softener, consider what you’ll use it for. If you have a lot of mineral buildup in your home, then a softener will help with this. You’ll save money on water heating bills since hard water heats up faster, but you may find that softer water flows through your appliances more easily than harder water does.

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Does soft water leave residue?

Is there a downside to using soft water in the home? Some people believe that it can leave a residue on dishes and surfaces. But is this really true? Let’s take a closer look at the science behind this claim.

Soft water can sometimes leave a residue due to the sodium content in it. Some dishwashers and dishwashing detergents claim to remove sodium from water if it causes residue.

But even with the best cleaner, some residue may still form on your dishes at times.

Having soft water doesn’t mean that you’ll always leave a residue behind though. It simply means that your water is less likely to leave mineral deposits behind than hard water would be.

It’s really up to you whether or not you want hard or softened water in your home. If you’re concerned about the residue left behind by soft water, consider purchasing a filtering system for your shower or appliances which remove sodium and chlorine from the water.

If you’re worried that your shower isn’t as clean as it could be, then you can purchase an ​ion-exchange filter for showerheads to reduce limescale buildup and help prevent soap residue from forming.

Is soft water oily?

Does the water in your home feel oily? You might think it’s a strange question, but if you have soft water, it’s a valid one. Many people assume that because their water is soft, it must be free of any oils or residue. But that’s not always the case. In fact, depending on your plumbing and filtration system, your water might feel oily.

In most cases, a homeowner won’t notice a difference in their water’s texture, but there are some instances where it might be more noticeable. If you have a showerhead that filters out minerals from your water, then the soap residue left behind will likely feel oily on your skin.

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You can get around this issue by purchasing an ion-exchange filter for your showerhead. This will remove the residue from your water without stripping it of all its minerals, but if you’re really looking for a way to get rid of this issue, then you may want to consider installing a whole-house filtration system.

In some cases, homeowners with hard water find that their water feels sticky or slimy. They may even notice slime on their appliances or bathroom surfaces. If you find that your water feels like this, then it’s probably the result of high calcium levels, which are common in hard water. A whole-house filtration system can reduce these levels and help improve the texture of your water.

If you live in an area where your water is naturally soft, then you probably won’t notice any of these problems. However, if your home has a higher than average amount of minerals in the water and it feels oily or slimy, then you may want to consider purchasing a filtration system to help improve the quality of your water.

Final Thoughts

Many homes have softened water, and most people enjoy the feel of soft water. In some cases, you may be able to fix the problem of slimy water by trying a few of these different solutions.

If you’re worried that the water coming out of your shower is slimy, then you can purchase an ​ion-exchange filter for your showerhead. This will remove the residue from your water without stripping it of all its minerals.

If you’ve tried these solutions and still find that your water feels slimy, no matter what you do, then you may want to consider installing a whole-house filtration system.

About the author

I started working as a quality control manager with the Water Authority of Nassau County in 2005. After a few years, I moved into Water Waste Prevention, where I currently work as the production supervisor. I love my job and the people I work with, but most of all I love spending time with my family.