Can I Put Bleach in My Water Softener?

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For one reason or another, there comes a time when your water softener will need to be cleaned. You come home from vacation, it ran dry and the whole house reeks. If that is the case you have to do something to clean it, but how should you go about it?  Make sure to open your instruction manual and read that first as it might have specific tips based on the unit itself. If you are wary, you can always call in a professional to have them take a look, they would be happy to assist for a charge. There is one thing that you should refrain from doing no matter what.

Don’t Use Bleach

When your unit starts to smell or you see stains on it, it’s pretty inevitable to ask “can I put bleach in my water softener?” Unfortunately, you can’t. Never use bleach on a water softener as it can wreck it. It will interfere with the resin and wreck it completely. Although bleach might sound like a safe alternative it is a very harsh chemical and should only be used when it is recommended by the manufacturer which is almost never with a water softener. They always sell specialty products for cleaning out your water softener when such a disaster occurs. Also filling it up with salt and allowing it to complete a cycle a few times is usually all it takes for it to clean itself.

How to Clean a Softener?

As mentioned previously never use bleach on your machine as this will wreck the resin. The resin is both costly and time-consuming to replace. It is also not something we recommend people doing unless they are experts. So calling a professional would be the way to go. In order to clean it out, the best bet would be to run the tank through multiple cycles and that should do the trick. When it comes to water softeners always follow the manufacturer’s directions. If you can not find them in your home, they can usually be found online.

Importance of Keeping Your Water Softener Clean

Keeping your water softener clean will allow it to work efficiently. This is important because once it stops working well, hardness can become more of a problem again. It is always a good idea to make sure that you have a professional come out and look at your system once a year as a well-being checkup for the softener. It is easy to forget this but it is a machine and regular maintenance will have it working correctly which will help it last much longer in the long run.


Just a brief reminder of the important rules we mentioned. Never use bleach in your water softener, it is harsh and can wreck the resin. Make sure you schedule annual maintenance to keep your water soft which will cut down unneeded expenses such as costly repairs and replacements of appliances. Always go with what the manufacturers say first when taking care of your water softener. All of these tips and more will help increase the longevity of both the machine and the other appliances around the house. Don’t forget about all the money you will be saving in the long run.

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