The real cost of baths and showers without a water softener

It’s well known that without a water softener installed, hard water from the mains can cause limescale to form on household appliances. Perhaps that’s because the upfront costs of replacing a boiler or a dishwasher can be eye-watering – after all, spending hundreds or even thousands of pounds to replace them will tend to stick in the mind.

However, without a water softener you also get through shampoo, shower gel, soap or hand wash twice as fast too. Over a whole year it really adds up. However it’s the hidden costs of hard water that are actually the most surprising, like the fact that you get through shampoo, shower gel, soap or hand wash twice as fast as you would do if that water was softened.

Let’s say you use one bottle or bar of each per month at the moment – with soft water you’d only need one bottle every two months instead. A few extra pounds for a new bottle twice as often might not seem much on its own, but over a whole year it really adds up.

Here’s how much your hard water could be costing you unnecessarily each year on your everyday brands*:

Brand Cost p/m Cost p/a Possible saving p/a
Imperial Leather Bar Soap 4x100g Original £1.75 £21.00 £10.50
Baylis & Harding Sweet Mandarin & Grapefruit Handwash (500ml) £1.99 £23.88 £11.94
Addidas Pure Gameshower Gel (250ml) £2.45 £29.40 £14.70
Radox Bath Smoothies Almond, Coconut & Myrrh (250ml) £2.99 £35.88 £17.94
Avalon Rosemary Liquid Hand Soap (355ml) £4.49 £53.88 £26.94

And for luxury brands, the possible savings** look even more impressive:

Brand Cost p/m Cost p/a Possible saving p/a
L’Occitane Milk Shea Butter Soap (250g) £8.00 £96.00 £48.00
Liz Earle Orange Flower Botanical Body Wash (200ml) £12.00 £144.00 £72.00
Molton Brown Templetree body wash (300ml) £18 £216 £108
Clarins Tonic Bath and Shower Concentrate (200ml) £19 £228 £114
Estee Lauder Modern Muse Shower Gel (200ml) £30 £360 £180

This is only a small sample, but it’s shows just how big the savings can be in just one area of your home when you choose soft water. Not only will your toiletries go further, but baths and showers will be more bubbly and the water will feel more luxurious.

It’s just one of the benefits of water softeners that can only be fully appreciated once you own one, when your toiletries, cleaning products and energy bills all cost you less.

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*Examples taken from on August 11th 2014. **Examples taken from on August 11th 2014.

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