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Water containing little or no dissolved salts of calcium or magnesium, especially water containing less than about 85 parts per million of calcium carbonate.
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Either pure water or water containing salts that do not react with soap to form insoluble soap scum. Before the use of water-softening chemicals, the primary source of soft water was from rain, and rainwater was often caught and saved in washtubs or barrels.
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|Noun||1.||soft water - water that is not hard (does not contain mineral salts that interfere with the formation of lather with soap)|
H2O, water - binary compound that occurs at room temperature as a clear colorless odorless tasteless liquid; freezes into ice below 0 degrees centigrade and boils above 100 degrees centigrade; widely used as a solvent
hard water - water that contains mineral salts (as calcium and magnesium ions) that limit the formation of lather with soap
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