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Differences between a salt-free and salt water softener

Compare Salt-Free Softener with Salt Water SoftenerWhat are the differences between the Pelican NaturSoft Salt-Free Water Softener/Conditioner and a traditional salt-based water softener ?

Pelican NaturSoft Salt-Free Water Softener/Conditioner

The Pelican NaturSoft Salt-Free Water Softener/Conditioner causes a physical change to the minerals. The minerals are breaking apart from the water molecules and bond together. Operating on principles of polarity, the calcium and magnesium are attracted to each other rather than attaching to pipes and other surfaces. The minerals are put into a suspended state, making them less adhering. Technically, this is called “increased calcite nucleation”. This system does not add any chemicals to the water thus not requiring an expensive Reverse Osmosis filter for drinking water. It is recommended that a GAC carbon filter be used in addition to remove contaminants that may be present in your water.


Natures Water has more of the feel of naturally softened water (water with lower mineral content). It does not feel slippery, slimy, or mushy soft, like salt softened water. No water in its natural state feels like salt softened water. Soaps produce more lather with Pelican NaturSoft Salt-Free Water Softener/Conditioner water versus untreated water. However, these soaps will rinse off quickly and cleanly, leaving your skin squeaky clean unlike salt softened water. Less soaps, shampoos, coffee grounds, tea, etc., are needed with The Pelican NaturSoft Salt-Free Water Softener/Conditioner.

The Pelican NaturSoft Salt-Free Water Softener/Conditioner water will tend to sheet. If water is left to dry on any surface it will leave something behind, this is true with the NaturSoft System and Traditional Salt-Based Water Softeners. These spots will simply wipe off versus untreated water where more work and special products may have to be used. Those who are replacing a salt softener must be told that there will be fewer suds with The Pelican NaturSoft Salt-Free Water Softener/Conditioner. The sodium content of salt softened water causes more suds. This is particularly true with some of the biodegradable laundry detergents. You should not use more soap to get more suds. Clothes will get clean without the excess soap and suds and rinse out and dry easier. The same with your dishwasher – use the appliance properly and with less powdered detergent. The taste of the water will not be affected because there are no chemicals being added to the water (Sodium). When showering, the Pelican NaturSoft Salt-Free Water Softener/Conditioner water rinses off quickly and cleanly leaving your skin feeling squeaky-clean (doesn’t feel like there is still soap left on your skin). The Pelican NaturSoft Salt-Free Water Softener/Conditioner makes the water easier to clean up, just like a traditional salt based water softener. A dishwasher still needs to be used properly, toilets need to be cleaned, and surfaces need to be wiped off. It is recommended that phosphate-free soaps be used. The Pelican NaturSoft Salt-Free Water Softener/Conditioner will prevent new scale and corrosion in pipes, and will de-scale existing pipes and fixtures. Older water heaters should be drained to remove scale and sediment after the initial installation. Water heaters will work more efficiently, and a savings on fuel and/or electricity will result. After de-scaling water heaters, they should be drained at least once a year. Water heater manufacturers recommend this procedure as preventive maintenance.

Traditional Salt-Base Water Softeners

Salt softened water is based on ion exchange. For each ion of calcium and magnesium (the hardness minerals) two sodium ions go into the water. A salt softener usually has a reverse osmosis drinking and cooking system at the kitchen sink to remove the added sodium so that the water is drinkable. A traditional salt softener does not filter contaminants commonly found in water. It is recommended that a GAC carbon filter be used in addition to remove contaminants that may be present in your water.


Salt softened water will feel mushy and has a slippery or slimy feel when showering or bathing with soap. Many people do not like the way softened water feels, because it feels like they can’t ever completely rinse off the soap. Your skin feels like it has a slippery coating on it. Consumers are told that salt softeners bring out the natural oils of your body. This is not true; it is a sign of over softening and over regeneration.


Salt-based water softeners can prevent the scale build-up in pipes and water heaters by removing the hardness minerals of calcium and magnesium. Because of the sodium content in the water, softened water unites with soap limiting rings in the bathtub, allowing for better results with clothes washers and dishwashers, and leaves shower doors virtually free of the usual soap scum build-up. Most laundry and dishwashing detergents contain a lot of sodium. Sodium causes more suds, however suds do not clean. Even though the minerals are gone, the total dissolved solids in the water has not changed and therefore when water is left, it will leave a residue on surfaces or around faucets which is simply wiped up. Salt softened water can also cause spotting depending on how much sodium is in the water.

Corrosiveness of Salt:

Salt is corrosive. Traditional Salt-Based Water Softeners use the same salt that is spread on icy roads, which destroys the underside of cars. Those living near oceans know the harmful effects salt has on their cars, houses, etc. Many people with galvanized pipes found that salt softened water did prevent scale build-up, but the trade-off was the salt also corroded their pipes and fixtures..
Homeowners with salt softeners will go through more hot water heaters because of the salts corrosive effect on the heating coils. Always check with a manufacturer’s warranty related to water. Softened water should not go to a pool or spa. Hard water and naturally soft water have their maintenance issues, however softened water offers potential problems that may imply or outright void the warranty on certain products.

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