The Q&A Archives: Softened Water

Question: I have soft water in the house and need to know how to adjust this treated water for my houseplants. It wouldn't be practical for me to buy water or flush the plants because of the size of some of them. Or is it possible that I need not worry?

Answer: It's a good thing you asked. The chemicals used in the softening process are not good for plants and some are extremely sensitive to them. In most homes there is a faucet where you can draw water before it runs through the softener. Alternatively you might save rain water in a rain barrel just for watering your plants. A thin coat of vegetable oil on the water surface will keep mosquitoes away.

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