Kay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1887 posts, RR: 3 Posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2280 times:
Whenever I am in South France or Italy, I am amazed at the properties of tap water, I don't know if it has more "calcaire" but it is much less slippery and feels lighter. It simply wipes out soap from your hands much quicker.
In other places in the world, like California and Austria, the water is extremely slippery, such as wiping out soap takes twice the time, and for example flossing by holding a wire between your fingers is almost impossible because the wire slips. Also, bathing causes massive amount of hair to fall as opposed to other countries (it's still normal though).
What's this thing between the regions I mention above that causes this?
Elite From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2006, 3027 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2275 times:
Just as a comment to drinking water, the water in India is pretty dangerous... I know a few friends who went there for a backpacking trip, and they were advised to not take a shower or rinse your mouth with the water there. It could even lead to death because normal people are not used to the chemicals inside the water.
Want to drink clean water? Drink Fiji water! (Even though they're expensive)
L410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5870 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2255 times:
Quoting Kay (Thread starter): It simply wipes out soap from your hands much quicker.
In other places in the world, like California and Austria, the water is extremely slippery, such as wiping out soap takes twice the time
I think this just result of different hardness of water. The higher degree of water hardness the more difficult it is to wash soap from your hand or requires higher dosage of laundry detergents.
Klaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21615 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2219 times:
Quoting L410Turbolet (Reply 5): The higher degree of water hardness the more difficult it is to wash soap from your hand or requires higher dosage of laundry detergents.
The first part should be the other way around - the "harder" the water, the easier it is to wash off the soap and the more detergent you need (same principle in both cases).
I'm actually glad that we've got rather "hard" water where I live because I find it rather tedious to get the soap off after washing my hands or showering when the water is very "soft"... It actually saves quite a bit of water that way!
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 12040 posts, RR: 59
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2191 times:
Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 4): Its all down to the base rocks that the water has been running through, different rocks leave different minerals in the water, resulting in the differences in texture.
Yeap, even within countries you get changes because it depends on the geology. When I'm up in Birmingham in the UK the water is very different from that of Plymouth, its got a lot less chlorine in it for one!
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