Water softener benefits

A few months ago I was approached by BWT (best water technology) who were looking for a case study to show water softener benefits. As it turned out, the timing was perfect. We were right in the middle of a home renovation which meant replacing and redoing all of our plumbing. My knowledge of water softeners was limited but I did know we lived in a hard water area and as a result of this, our appliances have suffered. For that reason I was happy to be part of their case study and to see what the results would be.

BWT water softner tested by Interior Pippa Jameson, photos Jo Henderson

The softener was installed once our kitchen had been fitted and most of the plumbing completed. Our initial surprise was the size of the unit, it was much smaller than expected and fitted neatly into our base unit. We had to decide very early on where the softener would go, this is worth bearing in mind if you are designing your kitchen as you will need to make sure you have the right amount of space allocated.

The operating instructions were straightforward and once the water hardness was tested, we set the digital control accordingly. How much salt you use depends largely on how hard the water is in your area; the harder the water, the more salt you will need. Whilst the salt might seem expensive, it is still cheaper than replacing appliances that have broken due to the build up of limescale.

BWT water softner tested by Interior Pippa Jameson, photos Pippa Jameson

A period of a few months passed before we started to notice the difference. We use a pulley-maid in our utility room (clothes airer attached to the ceiling) as it’s a really cost-effective way to dry clothes, the downside is that it can make the fabric feel a little rough. Since having our water softener, the garments definitely feel softer to the touch. We now use less detergent (as advised if you have a softener) and this may also be contributing to our garments feeling softer.

BWT water softner tested by Interior Pippa Jameson, photos Pippa Jameson

Due to hard water in the area, my family suffers from dry skin in the winter, especially on the hands and elbows. My daughter often needs eczema cream during the winter months, we are now February and she hasn’t needed the cream. Hair is another area where I have felt the benefits; it definitely looks shinier. Apparently, bath products should lather more richly with softened water, meaning you use less products but if I’ honest, this is impossible to notice as my children use so much bubble bath!

BWT water softner tested by Interior Pippa Jameson, photos Jo Henderson

One big change that we have noticed is the reduction of limescale on the shower screen. Gone are the familiar watermarks that become increasingly hard to clean. I would go as far as saying that the glass almost gleams after the shower. Let’s hope it lasts.

BWT water softner tested by Interior Pippa Jameson, photos Jo Henderson

It will be a while before we can really quantify the savings and see all of the health benefits but as a result of the softener, we know that the amount calcium carbonate has been greatly reduced. As long as we keep our softener, we know that our appliances are going to have a longer life and that is a huge saving!

**This is a collaborative post with BWT. No money was exchanged and all thoughts and views are my own**

Photographs by Jo Henderson & Pippa Jameson


Meet Pippa

Pippa Jameson is an author, tv designer and interiors expert. The previous interior editor on several leading UK titles, Pippa has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Throughout her 25-year career, Pippa’s unique and creative approach has won her commissions for large retail brands and celebrities to deliver exciting and engaging projects. 

She’s written the curriculum for the British College of Interior Design, produced and styled shoots for well-known brands including John Lewis, H&M & Team GB/DFS, worked as an International Stylist for leading paint brands in Asia, consulted on the launch and creative direction of major retail names including George Home and Wren, and most recently, published her first book, The Sensory Home. Pippa possesses expertise unmatched in the interior industry.