Should I use sodium or potassium salt?

Discussion in 'Water Softener Forum, Questions and Answers' started by amateurplumber1, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. amateurplumber1

    amateurplumber1 Member

    Mar 10, 2013
    Any differences, besides cost? I wonder if it will increase my sodium intake a lot. Thanks!
  2. Cameron Fields

    Cameron Fields Implementer/Inventor

    Mar 5, 2013
    2 year lawn , Theorist, Designer/inventor,Animator
    Heart Doctors recommend potassium because sodium will sometimes leave some sodium behind and personally its less slippery feeling.
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  4. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

    Feb 6, 2011
    NW Ontario, Canada
    LOL Cost is a huge difference in and of itself. Efficiency is another... salt being more efficient. The amount of sodium added to the water depends on how much hardness it had to remove. Unless you are on sodium restricted diet, I would not worry about it. If you are worried, use an RO filter to remove the sodium.
  5. ditttohead

    ditttohead Water systems designer, R&D

    Jan 9, 2012
    Water systems designer, R&D, Technical Director
    Ontario California
    Sodium. Potassium not only cost a lot more, it also should be set up differently than sodium. It is too technical to go through right now (I have to get to my daughters Hockey game), but... potassium is not a good idea in general.
  6. lifespeed

    lifespeed Member

    Apr 27, 2007
    RO water is really nice to drink. Once you try it it is hard to settle for less. I have taste tested my carbon-filtered, softened water against the RO water and it is night and day. RO systems are not that expensive.

    It does kind of spoil you. Every once in a while I'll have a fountain soda and taste the chlorine. :p
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