WHAT IS HARD WATER &
WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?
Hard water is water that contains dissolved minerals, and is present is 85% of US homes, so chances are good that you have hard water in your home! But don’t worry – it’s perfectly natural. In fact, hard water is formed when water comes into contact with minerals like limestone. This is like what happens in the natural aquifers that provide drinking water to our homes.
These dissolved minerals and heavy metals are not harmful (which is why they’re not filtered out by city water treatment systems), but they are the surprise culprits behind some of your toughest cleaning challenges. That's because these hard water metals and minerals can trap residues and odors like a glue.
SIGNS OF HARD WATER
IN YOUR HOME
You may not realize it, but every time you clean, your water is working against you. The dissolved minerals and heavy metals in hard water are invisible at first, but as they build up over time, they start causing problems all over your home.
While these things may not seem related, they can all be caused by hard water:
Surfaces in your home:
- Spots on Glasses
- Soap Scum on Glass Shower Doors
- Grime In Bathtubs and on Tiles
- Clogged Shower Heads
- Limescale or Buildup on Faucets
Fabrics like clothes, sheets, & towels:
- Dingy Whites
- Faded Colors
- Stiff Fabrics
- Lingering Odors
As the invisible deposits in hard water build up, they become like a glue that traps in residues and odors. And as this glue hardens, it becomes nearly impossible to scrub or wash away. While this hardened glue can’t be scrubbed away, it can be dissolved away with the right products. Clean smart, not hard!
VINEGAR ALONE ISN’T POWERFUL ENOUGH
Even though vinegar has low pH cleaning power, it isn’t powerful enough on its own to clean the hard water problems around your home. That’s because the vinegar you buy at the store isn’t concentrated enough to clean on its own, especially when mixed with water.
In fact, vinegar’s low pH gets neutralized almost immediately when it comes into contact with water, meaning it loses its cleaning power almost as soon as you use it.
VINEGAR DEEP CLEAN
9 Elements supercharges the power of vinegar with plant-based cleaning ingredients, making it longer lasting and bringing vinegar into the 21st century. And while we love a good DIY, homemade vinegar cleaners don’t have the right concentrations or the right ingredient combinations to give you the effective clean you’re looking for.
9 Elements gives you the best of vinegar without the things you don’t want. And with never more than 9 ingredients, it’s an easy choice for an everyday, effective clean.
TRY OUR 20 MINUTE FABRIC SOAK TO RESTORE FADED FABRICS
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
- 9 Elements Purifying Softener or 9 Elements Laundry Detergent
- Large bucket, sink, or tub
STEP 1. Using the water temperature recommended on the care tag label, fill your bucket, sink, or tub with enough water to fully submerge the garment.
STEP 2. Combine the following recommended amounts of either 9 Elements Purifying Softener or 9 Elements Laundry Detergent with water.
9 Elements Laundry Detergent: 2/3 cup of detergent to 9 1/3 cups of water. If more solution is needed to submerge the garment, increase the amounts proportionately (7% detergent to 93% water).
9 Elements Purifying Softener: 1/2 cup of softener to 9 1/2 cups of water. If more solution is needed to submerge the garment, increase the amounts proportionately (5% softener to 95% water).
STEP 3. Soak the garment for 20 minutes then rinse thoroughly.