How Much Salt Do You Put in a Water Softener?

The reason for using a water softener is mainly because of hard water. Hard water is water that contains too much calcium and magnesium. Hard water is difficult to use and can cause problems flowing through pipes. It also does not dissolved soaps as well as soft water.

Water softeners do require some cleaning but other than adding a little salt the maintenance is low.


For the best results keep your water softener clean and check it often.


Keep salt levels half full unless directed otherwise.

  1. Choose the salt. When choosing salt, price is not necessarily what you should be concentrated on. Cheaper salt such as rock salt makes a bigger mess in your water softener reservoir. Because of this you will have to clean the reservoir regularly. The best kind of salt to use, if you notice that your water softener is requiring a lot of salt, is the evaporated kind. Even if the solar or evaporated salt costs a little more, you will not have to clean out extra buildup quite as often.

  2. Check the salt amount. The amount of salt that you must add will depend on how much your personal system uses. In order for your water to stay soft, you need to check the salt holder each month.

  3. Add salt. You will need to add salt if the salt levels are less than half way full. For the best results keep the levels fifty percent full.

  4. Mix the salt. It is best to only use one kind of salt completely before you change the salt in a water softener. In most cases, it is not recommended at all. This will help you to avoid complications such as clogs in the softening area.

  5. Give the salt time to start working. If you maintain your water softener monthly, you still may need to give new salt time to dissolve and start working. After time, if you still notice no change in the water, there may be a problem with the system or with the kind of salt you are using. In this case, do an evaluation of the salt product.