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Thread: Hard water and Citric Acid

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    Default Hard water and Citric Acid

    I had been reading about Citric Acid being used with hard water to help lather. I forgot to fill my water softener and now my water is hard. I finally found some citric acid and tried it for the first time yesterday. No lather whatsoever

    I wonder what I did wrong. I placed my brush into soak into my scuttle with hot water and citric acid. After my shower, I dumped my scuttle, put the normal amount of water into the scuttle, added citric acid and tried to make a lather - not one bubble. I ended up grabbing my shower brush and using some more Arko to do my shave. I dumped the water out of the scuttle and just used the bare scuttle to keep my brush warm for a second pass. The left over (not visible) Citric Acid killed the lather on that brush. And when I tried to place lather on my face ---- what burn ---- almost like alum burn.

    How much Citric acid do you use? The stuff I found is used for canning and it looks like it is pure citric acid, nothing else.

    Any ideas?
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    Simple solution just use bottled water
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    Or you can add glycerine.
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    I have both!!! I had heard about the citric acid before so wanted some on hand for when I use hard water. I typically microwave some bottled water. However, I am still interested if anyone has any information about how much to add.

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    Next time try some vinegar. You have to experiment with amounts. It won't soften the water but will act like a buffer to make the water act soft.
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    My water is very hard (over 300mg/l calcium carbonate)
    and have never needed to do anything with it except add a table spoon of water to soaps for 10mins or load a bit more product. Saying that I do notice the difference when any lathering product when in areas with softer water.
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    Same as Mark. I have to chew mine before swallowing.

    Letting some water set on a puck while showering, helps.
    And yes, it will take a bit more product to produce a good lather.

    As for glycerin, just a few drops will richen your lather
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    My water is so soft my kettle looks the same as the day it bought it 6 years ago and when I shower I feel like i can't get the body wash off.

    I usually face lather and a 10 second swirl in the soap loads my brush for a 4 pass shave and i still feel like I'm wasting some when I wash my brush out.
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