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We solved this problem by installing a small reverse osmosis filter for the ice maker as well as for cooking and drinking. Such a filter will soften the water without adding any chemicals at all. The only downside to this is expense. You will have to periodically change filter cartridges. That isn't outrageously expensive, but certainly more than salt. ...


After enough research and talking with a few different companies, this is what I have found out. Water Softener - this is good for removing Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, etc out of the water. It mainly used for getting a small degree of minerals out of the water. Using it primarily for high iron removal will decrease the life of the softener. Chlorination - ...

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