How To: Soften Your Water?

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Of all the things we love about LA -- KCRW, hiking trails, easy access to the beach, our car, the weather, our apartment -- there are some things we hate. The water coming out of our faucets is one of them.

In our native city, our hair is bouncy and Breck Girl beautiful. In our adopted city? Definitely the before picture, with itchy skin and lime-encrusted tiles to boot. Short of getting a heavy duty water filter (a budgeted expense for when we buy a house; the regular ones don't filter out lime), we're willing to try anything. So, lately we've taken to rinsing our hair in baking soda dissolved in water but we'd like something to attack the itchy skin problem as well. We heard about a solution involving magnets: placed on the incoming pipes, they apparently act to ionize the water. As we said, we're willing to try anything so we've taped on a half dozen to the pipe leading to our showerhead. Has anyone heard about a filtration system that's affordable for renters?

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