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 Posted: Thu Aug 10th, 2006 11:24 pm
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Samurai Appliance Repair Man

Joined: Mon Mar 21st, 2005
Location: Otterville, New Hampshire USA
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Fun facts to know and tell about water softening:

- the salt is NOT there to soften the water; salt does not and cannot soften water.

- the purpose of the salt is to recharge the ion exchange resin on dishwashers with built-in water softeners, such as the Mieles. It is this resin that does the actual softening by removing hardness ions, such as ca+2.

- adding salt to dishwashers that do not have a built in softener does nothing to soften the water, but does a pretty good job of giving you salty dishes!

- the reason for not using table salt is because the iodine added to the table salt can damage the resin.

Very good. Carry on, sailors.

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