You Need A Water Softener, Here's Why

You Need A Water Softener, Here's Why

Water is a basic human need but most of us overlook its importance in our lives.

Water is a basic human need but most of us overlook its importance in our lives. There is no doubt that we need water to stay alive as 70% of the human body comprises of it. Apart from diet and health, it plays a major role in our homes as well. The liquid medium is great at dissolving and suspending things. However, it doesn’t come with an instruction manual like other tools. This is why most people can’t find answers to queries like “why there are spots after dishwashing?” “what obstructs the plumbing system?” or “why my hair and skin feel so rough?” Well, if you only knew, the answer lies in the question.

What is the hard water?

When water is underground, passing through different drains, it absorbs soluble bits of whatever it passes through which results in making water contaminated (hard water). What usually makes the water hard is calcium, iron, and magnesium particles. The hard water creates numerous problems like blockage of plumbing pipes and hot water heaters which cost people millions of dollars annually. If you want to get rid of this problem of hard water, there are many great water softening systems which improve your health as well as homes. Following are the benefits of a good water softener.

1. Health

It improves your health and makes your skin and hair smoother and cleaner. It does not cause any harm to your body as it does not contain any soluble particles.

2. Money Saving

When you use soft water, you can save a lot of your money on laundry agents and soaps. The hard water and hard chemicals in detergents make a combination which results in poor cleaning ability. With soft water, you don’t need to buy harsh chemical detergents and cleaners.

3.Whiter and Softer Fabrics

Fabrics have been washed by both hard water and soft water. The results were – fabrics were foamy and rough when washed with hard water. On the other hand, when fabrics were rinsed with soft water, it needed little detergent and the end result was softer and whiter fabrics.

4. No Spots

When there is no use of hard water in your home, you don’t experience orange rings, water spots, and hard water deposits on different areas like sinks, bathtubs, showers, and toilets.

5. Dishwashing

When it comes to dishwashing, soft water does not cause water spots on glassware and silverware.

6. Time-Saving

You can save a lot of your time because you don’t have to remove hard water deposits from different areas of your house.

7. Plumbing System

Usage of soft water does not cause any blockage in your plumbing system hence it lasts much longer. The replacement of a plumbing system usually costs $2000-$4000.

People usually don’t realize the advantages of a water softener and keep facing numerous issues. When you buy a good water softener for your home improvement, you can get rid of so many problems and save money at the same time. In fact, if you are good with tools, you can install a water softener by your own.

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To The Person Who Feels Suicidal But Doesn't Want To Die

Suicidal thoughts are not black and white.

Everyone assumes that if you have suicidal thoughts that means you want to die.

Suicidal thoughts are thought of in such black and white terms. Either you have suicidal thoughts and you want to die, or you don't have suicidal thoughts and you want to live. What most people don't understand is there are some stuck in the gray area of those two statements, I for one am one of them.

I've had suicidal thoughts since I was a kid.

My first recollection of it was when I came home after school one day and got in trouble; and while I was just sitting in the dining room I kept thinking, “I wonder what it would be like to take a knife from the kitchen and just shove it into my stomach." I didn't want to die, or even hurt myself for that matter. But those thoughts haven't stopped since.

I've thought about going into the bathroom and taking every single pill I could find and just drifting to sleep and never waking back up, I've thought about hurting myself to take the pain away, just a few days ago on my way to work I thought about driving my car straight into a tree. But I didn't. Why? Because even though that urge was so strong, I didn't want to die. I still don't, I don't want my life to end.

I don't think I've ever told anyone about these feelings. I don't want others to worry because the first thing anyone thinks when you tell them you have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself is that you're absolutely going to do it and they begin to panic. Yes, I have suicidal thoughts, but I don't want to die.

It's a confusing feeling, it's a scary feeling.

When the depression takes over you feel like you aren't in control. It's like you're drowning.

Every bad memory, every single thing that hurt you, every bad thing you've ever done comes back and grabs you by the ankle and drags you back under the water just as you're about the reach the surface. It's suffocating and not being able to do anything about it.

The hardest part is you never know when these thoughts are going to come. Some days you're just so happy and can't believe how good your life is, and the very next day you could be alone in a dark room unable to see because of the tears welling up in your eyes and thinking you'd be better off dead. You feel alone, you feel like a burden to everyone around you, you feel like the world would be better off without you. I wish it was something I could just turn off but I can't, no matter how hard I try.

These feelings come in waves.

It feels like you're swimming and the sun is shining and you're having a great time, until a wave comes and sucks you under into the darkness of the water. No matter how hard you try to reach the surface again a new wave comes and hits you back under again, and again, and again.

And then it just stops.

But you never know when the next wave is going to come. You never know when you're going to be sucked back under.

I always wondered if I was the only one like this.

It didn't make any sense to me, how did I think about suicide so often but not want to die? But I was thinking about it in black and white, I thought I wasn't allowed to have those feelings since I wasn't going to act on them. But then I read articles much like this one and I realized I'm not the only one. Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, and my feelings are valid.

To everyone who feels this way, you aren't alone.

I thought I was for the longest time, I thought I was the only one who felt this way and I didn't understand how I could feel this way. But please, I implore you to talk to someone, anyone, about the way you're feeling; whether it be a family member, significant other, a friend, a therapist.

My biggest mistake all these years was never telling anyone how I feel in fear that they would either brush me off because “who could be suicidal but not want to die," or panic and try to commit me to a hospital or something. Writing this article has been the greatest feeling of relief I've felt in a long time, talking about it helps. I know it's scary to tell people how you're feeling, but you're not alone and you don't have to go through this alone.

Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, your feelings are valid, and there are people here for you, you are not alone.

If you're thinking about hurting yourself please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit to live chat with someone. Help it out there and you are not alone.

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4 Ways Clutter Is Negatively Affecting Your Health

Clutter affects your physical, emotional, and psychological health.


If you're aware that your cluttered space is causing you stress and discomfort, it might be helpful to understand how and why clutter affects our health. When we clear our space we are more likely to feel at ease, relaxed, and tranquil. There is no better time to freshen your space than at the start of the new year when we are already setting new intentions and re-assessing goals and putting new ideas into motion.

1. Clutter produces dust and exacerbates allergies

Have you ever gone through your closet or bookshelf, only to see the visible layers of dust and dirt that were hidden behind your items? Clutter gives dust and other environmental fibers a place to accumulate. If you find yourself sneezing, coughing, or tired and fatigued in your space, it might be time to de-clutter - your itchy eyes will thank you!

2. Lack of organization in your belongings leads to stress and anxiety

I know I'm not the only one who has had the experience of needing an item before running out the door, only to realize it wasn't where you left it...and now you need to tear apart your entire room looking for it. Sound familiar? Having too much clutter leads to a disorganized space that provokes anxiety and stress and can have a strong, negative impact on your day to day life. Whoever came up with, "a place for everything and everything in its place" was definitely onto something.

3. Clutter puts your nervous system in overdrive

Cluttered environments are taxing on the nervous system. The sensory overload prevents us from being able to relax and rest, and keeps us activated in our sympathetic nervous system, AKA "fight or flight". This means we're more likely to be on edge and hyper-aware than calm and relax when at home.

4. Living in a cluttered space impacts your mood and self-esteem

Our brains thrive off of order and organization. When things are disordered and chaotic around us, it's natural to feel irritable and frustrated in response, lowering mood and reducing our self-esteem and self-worth. Rather than thinking about the things you want to get rid of when de-cluttering, focus on what things you want to keep and what you want to have in your immediate environment.

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