Hard water and soap do not work well with each other. The dissolved rock in the water react with the chemicals in the soap creating a sticky scum or an insoluble residue called soap curd that’s difficult to wash away.

A water softener prevents the formation of soap curd which can leave a thin layer of film on your skin clogging pores leaving your skin dry and rough, making your hair dull-looking and sticky and possibly cause skin infections due to bacteria being trapped in pores beneath the soap curd build-up.

Most soap is made with compounds of sodium and potassium, such as sodium stearate. Sodium stearate reacts with the calcium compounds in the water and produces calcium stearate. The ingredient found in soaps, sodium stearate, dissolves in water; however calcium stearate, the compound formed by the combination of hard water and soap does not dissolve. This means less lather for you and more soap curd, this is the deposits and residue of the combination of soap and hard water that is left on your skin.

The “squeaky” feel or sound many people associate with being clean is actually your skin sticking because of the residue.


Hard water can create other problems; such as water spots and a chalky build up on fixtures, clogged shower heads, soap rings on the shower and tub. By eliminating soap curd, a WaterBoss® water softener will reduce the amount of elbow grease needed to keep your bathroom sparkling clean.


Because your WaterBoss water softener has prevented the formation of soap curd, you will need less shampoo for you hair, less soap for your body. There will be no need for conditioners for your hair or lotion for your skin, the soft water provided by your WaterBoss water softener lets your body’s natural oils keep your hair soft and shiny and your skin smooth and silky. You will also use up to less all-purpose cleaning products for your bathroom. The Water Quality Association estimates that a home water softener will save a homeowner up to 75% of the cost of all cleaning products.