Why Softened Water Feels Slimy and How to Prevent It

Your water should be wet – not slippery - Cascadian Water

Gabe Ergler |

Have you ever wondered why your softened water sometimes feels more like a soapy slide than a refreshing cleanse? If "slimy water" or "slippery water" ring a bell, you're not alone. The truth behind this common water softener phenomenon might surprise you.

The Soft Water Slippery Dilemma

A large majority of homeowners turn to water softeners to tackle the challenges presented by hard water. From scale buildup in pipes to stubborn soap scum, hard water has its downsides. While soft water remedies many of these issues, an unexpected twist is its slippery feel. A whopping 97% of our customers have experienced this concern, often seeing it as an unavoidable aspect of enjoying soft water.

The Science Behind the Slippery Sensation

Why does softened water feel slimy? This slippery feeling typically originates from salt-based water softeners. Here’s the science: the ions in these softeners enhance the bond between soap and your skin more than the bond between soap and water. Consequently, as you rinse, it requires more effort to wash off the soap, leading to that slick sensation.

Tackling the Slippery Challenge: Solutions at Hand

  1. Use Less Soap: The quickest fix is reducing your soap usage. With softened water, you don’t need as much soap. Using less diminishes the slippery aftereffect.
  2. Opt for Synthetic Bodywash: A non-soap body wash can be a game-changer. While it's not everyone's cup of tea, it might be the solution for some.
  3. Switch Your Softener: Consider an alternative to salt-based softeners. Not only can you relish in natural-feeling water, but you'll also potentially save money with a salt free softener.

Cascadian Water recognized this slippery concern and innovated the PolyHalt® ICS Systems, which offer numerous advantages over traditional salt-based systems. Apart from eliminating the slimy feel, Cascadian softeners are cost-effective, eco-friendly, and highly efficient.

Unraveling the Slimy Water Mystery

It's baffling: you've lathered, rinsed, yet still feel slippery. That sensation is a result of an ion exchange in salt-based water softeners. The sodium ions alter the behavior of the water, making it challenging to rinse off soap, hence the persistent slippery feel.

Steps to Prevent the Slippery Feeling

  1. Consider PolyHalt®: Our salt-free ion bond softener changes how hardness minerals behave. Instead of replacing them with slippery ions, it modifies their behavior, preventing the slimy feel.
  2. Experiment with Different Soap Options: As mentioned, using less soap or switching to synthetic detergents can make a difference.
  3. Rinse with Naturally-Soft or Rainwater: If available, this is another option to counteract the slimy feel.

In conclusion, if "why does softened water feel slimy" has been your pressing question, we hope this guide sheds light on the issue and offers actionable solutions. The battle against slippery soft water is one you can undoubtedly win.