What is hard water and does it impact Ethique bars?

What is hard water and does it impact Ethique bars?

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Ever used a bar of soap and struggled to get it to lather? You might have hard water!

We often get asked what hard water is, whether it impacts our products, and what Ethique shampoo bars lather the most. So, here’s everything you need to know about hard water and Ethique bars.

What is hard water?

Hard water simply means water with a higher concentration of dissolved minerals, like calcium and magnesium.

Pure rainwater is referred to as soft water, but as the rainwater runs through sand, soil, and rock, it collects minerals and salt deposits. The higher the calcium, magnesium, and sodium content, the ‘harder’ the water is deemed to be.

Scaling on your bathroom taps and showerheads or on glassware and kitchen appliances are all signs of hard water.

What impact does hard water have on your shampoo bars?

If your shampoo bar doesn’t lather up as much as it should, you could have hard water.

While not harmful in any way, the high concentration of naturally occurring minerals like magnesium and calcium can have a direct effect on soap products’ lather.

Why do soap-based products struggle to lather in hard water?

When soap mixes with hard water, it becomes less water soluble, leading to fewer bubbles.

Thankfully, Ethique’s soap-free shampoo bars don’t have a problem with hard water.

If you have had a shampoo bar that didn’t work with hard water, chances are it was soap, as many shampoo bars out there are.

What impact does hard water have on Ethique solid shampoo bars?

All of our shampoo bars, conditioner bars, and facial cleansers are 100% soap-free and won’t have any trouble lathering in hard water.


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