If you notice a good deal of soap scum and other buildup around your bathroom fixtures and glass shower door, that seems impossible to keep at bay, no matter how often you clean it, then it's likely you have hard water. Hard water can be found in homes that have a well or get municipal or city water. There are several solutions to fixing the issue, from magnetic water conditioners, to water softeners. Overall the best method of getting rid of hard water and other minerals from your tap water is to install a water softener in your home. To find the best water softener for your home, you first need to understand the quality of your water. The easiest way to determine the quality of your water is to have your water tested in a laboratory. Many municipal water companies offer water testing for under $20 or you can purchase a water testing kit from your local hardware store.
In case you have limited space, such as in a condominium or apartment, then there are other solutions like the NuvoH2O Water Softener which rather rely on a membrane of citric acid, which water is forced through. The advantage of the NuvoH20 softener is that you don't have to plug it into an electrical outlet and it weights under 20 lbs and can be installed and removed in the event that you live in an apartment building and need to move. The maintenance using a citric acid water softener is also a whole lot less than a tradititional salt water softener. The only real maintenance that you have to do with a NuvoH20 system, is to replace the easy screw off cartridge once every three months or so. Since there are no moving parts to the NuvoH20, you do not have to worry about it breaking down or remember to run a cleaning cycle, like you may have to do with a conventional water softener.