If you live in a home with hard water you probably know the hassles of showering with regular soaps, gels and bath products on the market. One of the main problems with hard water is that the soap doesn’t create that nice lather that you get when you have soft water.
Another kind of nasty side effect of hard water is that the minerals in the water react with the soap and create “soap scum” –
which is why people in hard water areas have a harder time keeping their showers and tubs clean. The bad news is that scummy residue leaves that feeling on your skin and in your hair giving the impression that you didn’t get totally clean.
The good news is that there are products on the market there are bath products designed to work well in hard water.
We set out to find the best bath wash for hard water and decided on this Natural Body Wash for Women & Men by Maple Holistics as it seems to stand out from the rest.
Continue reading to see full reviews of the other options we reviewed as we’ll be explaining each product’s qualities in further detail below.
Matching your body wash with a good shampoo: Many people living with hard water also buy a good quality clarifying shampoo designed for hard water (click to see our top picks).
Best Body Wash for Hard Water – Products to consider:
Natural Body Wash for Women & Men by Maple Holistics:
This body wash by Maple Holistics works incredibly well with oily skin. It properly cleanses the body’s outer layer while also managing to leave the skin feeling soft and smelling great. The main ingredients in this body wash are Argan Oil and Cocount oil. If you have not tried Argan oil bath products, you are in for a treat. I first saw Argan oil products 20 years ago in Morocco on a short trip from a tour we were doing in Spain and went down to Tangiers for a day tour.
I noticed the local Moroccan women in the market were all buying these small bottles of oil, the basic label just showed a woman with dark flowing hair. The local women all appeared to have very healthy looking hair and skin!
I asked around and one of the vendors in the market stalls knew the word in in English- “Argan Oil”. I actually had to look it up when I got home…but now it’s become pretty common in bath products in the US and well known around the world for it’s beneficial properties as well as the eco-friendly fact that argan trees are slow-growing, the argan forest in Morocco was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1998.
It also has a Sandalwood scent that isn’t too strong, but the fragrance lasts for quite a while and its softness should feel pleasing for anyone around you. Any fragrance is personal preference of course, but I love the smell of sandalwood.
The only downside you may find could be the size of the bottle considering the price you’re paying for it. Granted, you’ll almost assuredly be purchasing a quality product, but it might feel a bit too expensive given the relatively low amount of liquid you’ll get.
If your skin tends to get greasy after showering or if you need to constantly apply lotion on it, this product could be ideal for you. You might find that your skin will have a softer feel when touching it after applying this product. Its components should also work well with hard water, which is a great plus!
- Great product to remove oil from your skin.
- Contains Argan Oil, Coconut Oil and Sandalwood
- It should be very effective when exposed to hard water considering its powerful cleansing ability.
- Has a very pleasant smell.
- It’s not as ‘bubbly’ as other brands.
- The packaging is pretty small
If you are struggling with the hassles of hard water, you may also want to consider adding a hard water filter to your showerhead, it’s a simple and relatively affordable way to soften your water.
Anti-Fungal Body and Foot Wash by Pure Body Naturals:
This relatively small bottle by Pure Body Naturals is more powerful than it seems. It’s a multiuse body wash that is ideal to clean your feet after a long day of exercise. It’s also ideal if you suffer from rashes or acne, as its mild concentration of components keeps the product friendly to the weakest of skins while also managing to stay as effective as possible.
Just like Maple Holistics’ product, it doesn’t really offer much liquid given the price of the body wash. There also seems to be an issue with the size of the dispenser, so we advise you to keep another bottle nearby before buying this product, if you choose to get it.
The product leaves your skin feeling soft like most quality soaps do, and its composition should make it an ideal accessory to use when showering in hard water.
- Works very well to cleanse your feet and your body.
- This skin friendly body wash is great for people who have issues with rashes or acne.
- Leaves the skin feeling soft and works well with most types of skins.
- Small-sized bottle could make the product feel too expensive.
- Issues with the dispenser might annoy buyers when using the bottle’s mechanism.
Body Wash by Deep Steep:
This alcohol-free body wash by Deep Steep has a strong lilac scent that doesn’t feel artificial at all. It has a silky feeling to it and it’s also very soft for the skin – you should barely notice in when you apply it. That doesn’t take away from its cleaning quality, though.
The scent’s strength isn’t overwhelming and it’s actually one of the main reasons people buy this product, along with the moisturizing effect it has on the skin without turning it too greasy or heavy.
Keep in mind that this product doesn’t create too many bubbles when bathing – if you’re into bubbly baths, you might want to look somewhere else.
- Strong yet not overwhelming scent leaves the body smelling very nice after showering.
- Oil-removing, moisturizing effect makes it an ideal shower companion.
- Thoroughly cleans the skin and leaves you feeling fresh after bathing or showering.
- Doesn’t create as much bubbles as some owners would like.
- The Vanilla Sugar scent doesn’t appear to smell as its name would suggest.
- It’s a bit too ‘watery’.
Puracy Natural Body Wash, Sulfate-Free Bath
This body wash by Puracy is an ideal option for sensitive people who have a tendency of being affected by rashes and red-skin conditions – particularly in hard water environments. The main thing about this body wash is that it can easily make your skin feel very soft.
It doesn’t even matter if your skin is naturally rough; this body wash will almost definitely improve its condition.
The smell is actually incredible as well. Some of the most effective soaps on the market tend to suffer from poor smells, considering the makers often focus their resources entirely on their natural features.
This body wash offers owners the possibility to clean the skin to the fullest while also giving it an amazing smell.
If you suffer from dry skin and constantly need lotion to fix it, then this body wash is ideal for you. It moisturizes and softens the skin, without even needing to apply it for a long time. Just bathe or shower naturally and this body wash will work for you.
- The product has an incredible smell
- It’s an ideal body wash for hard water environments
- It makes the skin feel very soft
- Great product to prevent rashes
- If you use it, you might not even need to put on moisturizer after bathing or showering
- It might not work very well on certain types of skin, although most people shouldn’t have issues
Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lavender Sugar Soap. 4-in-1
Granted, the color of this soap might not be incredibly attractive… But its features certainly make it one of the most appealing options on the market.
If you’re not familiar with Dr. Bronner’s brand, you are in for a treat. The body wash can be used both as soap as well as a shampoo replacement, and it’ll do wonders for your scalp and your skin.
We highly recommended their organic bar soap here as a great option for a hard water shampoo bar…while it’s not technically a “shampoo” bar it works great as an all around soap for body, face and hair and we really like all o their products.
Dr. Bronner’s leave you squeaky clean and its natural components work wonders for people who often bathe in hard water. In fact, if you use this soap you might not even need to bathe that often… It cleans extremely well and efficiently.
The only clear issue is that some buyers say that it doesn’t really smell like lavender, but the smell is pleasant nonetheless. If you are not a fan of lavender, the same soap comes in peppermint and Lemongrass/Lime
- Cleans extremely well and thoroughly
- Creates a lot of bubbles, making it ideal for baths
- It has a great smell
- The soap is scented with organic ingredients
- The color isn’t too visually-pleasing
Nurture My Body Fragrance Free Organic Body Wash
Are you looking for a strong body wash free of toxic ingredients such as parabens and sodium lauryl sulfate? Then look no further. This organic body wash is made with a lot of vegan components capable of thoroughly cleaning your skin without having to utilize harming chemicals to do so.
It has a formula rich in vitamins and natural components. A lot of products tend to use chemicals to clean the skin better, but these also tend to cause rashes and damage the skin on the long term. This product is free of such components, and it still somehow manages to have a very neutral fragrance.
Some people might not entirely like the smell, but the product doesn’t bombard the user’s nose with a strong fragrance. It keeps the smell to a minimum, so even if you don’t like it, it shouldn’t be a detriment for not buying this effective body wash.
- High-quality product
- It can wash the skin incredibly well
- It has a neutral smell
- Vitamin-rich formula
- The product is made with natural ingredients
- The neutral smell is not too pleasing
- The bottle is pretty small – especially for a product with such a hefty price tag
Antifungal Tea Tree Oil Body Wash
This multipurpose product is ideal to be used in the shower or bathtub. You can use it to thoroughly clean your whole body, and it’s specifically made to combat feet odor and athlete foot. In fact, any type of body odor created by athletic practices can be very well fought if you use this body wash.
It can also treat conditions such as rashes and acne. Its formula is based on tee tree oil, which comes directly from the leaf of these trees and makes the body wash a cooling sensation when applied to the skin.
The bottle is actually pretty massive. Most of these body washes only provide the buyer with enough liquid to last for a short amount of time, but this one can last for a decent while if you use it in moderation.
If you suffer from any type of skin condition (or if you have VERY sensitive skin), you should definitely give this product a try. Make sure you’re not allergic to any of its components, though!
- Made entirely with natural substances
- It can treat most skin conditions and rashes
- Smells very well
- Antiseptic properties make this body wash a solid option for your health
- It doesn’t treat nail fungus too well
- Other products make the user feel cleaner after bathing or showering
Organic Men’s Face & Body Wash
There’s a common misconception with the skin of men. People tend to assume that men have tougher skin and they don’t require a potent body wash, but that’s a huge mistake.
This body wash by Era Organics is specifically made to suit men’s washing needs, while also providing the buyer with a powerful fragrance that should suit most male consumers out there.
This body wash is ideal for those male buyers who need to hydrate their skin without using creams or moisturizing. Its organic nature makes it a great option for those buyers who hate to apply chemicals on their skin as well.
- Formula made with organic ingredients
- Ideally made for men with skin-care needs
- Can be used to wash the body as well as the face
- Powerful but pleasing fragrance
- Doesn’t have chemicals that could harm the user’s skin
- It doesn’t produce a lot of bubbles
- Doesn’t wash the skin as thoroughly as other products do
Hard water body wash: what to consider:
Cost: What many people don’t realize is that hard water can lead to using 50% to 75% more soap, body wash and shampoo.
Because normal soaps don’t create as many bubbles and lather in hard water, most people end up using more and more to get the desired amount of foam. Because of that, using a body wash that is especially designed for hard water can save you money over the long run. Although the options reviewed here may be a little more expensive, if you are using twice the amount of normal body wash to get clean it could end up being more affordable to buy a good body wash designed for hard water.
Cleansing effectiveness: The composition of each body wash will not only determine how effective it is when exposed to hard water, but also how much of a ‘clean feeling’ it will give to its buyers. A good product should thoroughly clean the skin and remove any traces of oiliness when applied correctly.
Scent: There are two aspects to consider when referring to a product’s scent. The first one is how good the smell is, and the second one is for how long the smell will last. Some of these products tend to keep a strong scent, even hours after being applied. It is important that the scent is gentle and that it doesn’t feel too artificial.
The Natural Body Wash for Women & Men by Maple Holistics has a great balance of attributes that make it an ideal accessory to use when showering with hard water. It’s a good product to consider if you want to thoroughly cleanse your skin and remove any residue of oiliness from it, as it also offers a nice and soft scent for your skin. check out these online forum recommendations from people with hard water.
Now you probably know which type of body wash to buy, but what about your shampoo? Does it resist hard water well enough?
You can check out our reviews on other bath products for hard water on this website!