View Full Version : Do you have hard water? Free test strip!

January 21st, 2014, 11:09 AM
I saw this link for a free hard water test strip on Couponing to Be Debt Free, and I thought LHCers would appreciate it. Hard water can cause mineral build-up on your hair, which means you may need to chelate.


January 21st, 2014, 11:57 AM
In the UK so not eligible, however I already have water test strips that I use for my aquarium, and yep, the water in my area is uber hard. London and surrounding counties are pretty much known for it. Thing is though, when I spent some time in a soft-water area, my hair looked like crap and I was desperate to get back to hard water again!

January 21st, 2014, 12:10 PM
Thank you for sharing :)
I will definitely order a test strip although the 8-10 weeks for shipping is going to be a killer wait.

January 21st, 2014, 12:11 PM
We have fairly hard water but I use a filtered shower head which helps!

January 21st, 2014, 12:40 PM
Free one for UK'ers here if anyone wants one:


Brita used to do them, but it doesn't look like they do any more (link on right of page):


January 21st, 2014, 01:04 PM
Thank you! I just ordered it

January 21st, 2014, 01:12 PM
It's easy to tell if you have really bad hard water in the UK, just check the kettle :lol:

January 21st, 2014, 03:01 PM
You can also sometimes look up the info on a website. I found all sorts of interesting info for my local area, including hardness, arsenic levels, all sorts of good stuff. I can't recall what website I found it at, however.

January 21st, 2014, 03:20 PM
In the US, local water departments typically publish yearly water reports, so you may be able to look up the hardness there. If you have a well, you may also be able to bring a water sample to a local well/filter company and have them test it. But really, if you have hard water you'll have scale (calcium) deposits wherever water sits--faucets, pipes, shower doors, kettles, etc. The more scale, the harder the water.

January 21st, 2014, 05:55 PM
Thanks! I ordered one.