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Tired of Buying Salt Bags? Water Softener Alternatives That Won’t Break the Bank


Nothing can complicate your monthly trip to the store quite like a 40-pound bag of sodium or potassium chloride. Lugging these heavy bags to your home is a complete hassle, and refilling your brine tank every week is a chore that eats up hours and hours of time during the lifespan of your salt-based water softener.

Salt bags for water softening are costly. If you choose the top-quality salt with a high rate of purity your bags could set you back up to $15 for each purchase. Salt bags destroy the idea that your water softener can function independently – in order to protect your home from water hardness and scale buildup you have to interact with the unit once a week to replace the salt.

In addition to the hassle salt for softeners is extremely expensive over time. We recently published a post that breaks down the cost of using a salt-based water softener. For a family of four salt bags and other maintenance costs will set you back $686 more per year compared to salt-free water softener alternatives.

That’s right – there are affordable alternatives to salt-based water softener technology. Contrary to what you might believe, the ion exchange process that takes place within salt-based water softeners isn’t necessary in order to reduce scale buildup and combat the effects of water hardness.

We feature an in-depth scientific examination of the processes that occur in salt-based and salt-free water softener systems on our water softener education page, but here’s a brief summary: salt-based systems remove “hardness” particles by swapping them with sodium ions, hence the bags of salts.

Salt-free systems have a more complicated process at work that neutralizes the harmful effects of “hardness” particles by capturing them within calcium carbonate crystals so they can’t stick to appliances and plumbing fixtures.

The Pelican Water Salt-Free Water Softener is the ultimate alternative to traditional salt-based units. It is the only salt-free water softener certified to prevent scale buildup at a rate of 99.6%. Of course, if you’re tired of buying salt bag after salt bag this maintenance-free system will have you leaping with joy. Due to the nature of the process at work within salt-free systems they don’t require any bag replacements or in-depth maintenance.

There are many other benefits to getting rid of your salt-based system and making the switch to salt-free water softening. Our units do not require any electricity to operate, saving you a hefty utility bill every month. Salt-free systems also leave in minerals that are beneficial for your health, and won’t increase the sodium content in your drinking water.

If you want the softened water generated from a salt-based softener to be drinkable you’ll also need to invest in a reverse osmosis filtration system, which will carry its own additional costs in the form of regular filter replacements. Salt-based water softeners do not remove chlorine from your water, and thereby neglect 50% of most water quality issues. By opting for a water filtration system that reduces the chlorine content in your water you secure a more holistic solution with one purchase.

At Pelican Water we are committed to making products that are good for consumers and good for the environment. The technology inside our salt-free systems doesn’t require the dumping of salt brine for use, meaning that our systems generate zero water waste. For this benefit alone many eco-conscious homeowners have switched to salt-free alternatives for their softening needs.

For your wallet and for your planet, ditch the salt bags. Save money and save time by going with a salt-free system from Pelican Water.

Pelican Combo System Salt-Free Water Softener Whole-House Water Filter