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Potassium Chloride: Frequently Asked Questions

What is Potassium Chloride or the "no salt" alternative?

It's not bananas or a healthy potassium (K). It is potassium chloride (KCl), a substitute for salt (sodium chloride) to "soften" the water. It is also based on ionic exchange. The drawbacks to potassium chloride are: a) Anyone with diabetes, heart disease, or other conditions should be advised that using a potassium softener product with the increased potassium chloride intake might be a concern to their health and may negate the medications used to treat these conditions. ...

What is the difference between sodium (chloride) and potassium (chloride)?

Both do the same job. They replace calcium and magnesium on the softener resin during the regeneration process. When you use sodium chloride, sodium will be added to the soft water during use and when you use potassium chloride, potassium will be added to the soft water. People whose physicians have advised them to eliminate sources of sodium from their drinking water normally use potassium chloride. In some people who have kidney or other renal problems, potassium can aggravate those problems. ...

Is potassium chloride mined the same way as salt?

Yes, the Morton product is mined the same way as salt.

Is water softened by potassium chloride safe for houseplants?

Yes. Potassium is one of the 16 elements necessary for plant growth. It also helps plants resist disease and optimize moisture utilization.

Is water softened by potassium chloride safe for pets?

If your pet suffers from heart disease, diabetes or kidney disease, consult your vet as to whether or not your pet can drink potassium chloride softened water. For healthy pets potassium chloride softened water is safe to drink.

Can I use Potassium Chloride in my water softener?

Yes. Potassium chloride can be used in place of water softener salt, though you may have to adjust the fill time. As a result more potassium chloride may have to be used than salt. Potassium chloride is generally more expensive than salt. Call 1-866-725-9662 for advice.
Yes. Potassium chloride can be used in place of water softener salt, though you may have to adjust the fill time. As a result more potassium chloride may have to be used than salt. Potassium chloride is generally more expensive than salt. Call 1-888-64WATER (1-888-649-2837) for advice.

What is the potassium level of water softened with Morton® Potassium Chloride Pellets?

Using potassium chloride in your softener will contribute approximately 32 milligrams of potassium per 8 ounces of water for each 10 grains of hardness softened.

Do you make potassium chloride in block form?

Morton® Potassium Chloride is only available in pellet form. Blocks are not available.

What are the health implications of using a potassium chloride-based product?

The level of potassium contributed from potassium chloride softened water is safe for normal healthy people. For healthy individuals, potassium from the diet is absorbed slowly from the gastrointestinal tract and the excess potassium is excreted. However, in certain individuals with medical conditions such as kidney disease, diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure, the body may not excrete excess potassium. Individuals with these conditions must consult a doctor prior to consuming potassium-softened water. ...

Can I mix potassium chloride with salt products?

Yes, if you wish to reduce the sodium content of the softened water. The products can be mixed in any ratio you desire. We would recommend starting with a 50/50 ratio and see how that works for you. If mixing potassium chloride with salt, it is important to note that softened water will contain a higher ratio of sodium to potassium at the beginning of the service cycle and a higher ratio of potassium to sodium near the end of the service cycle.

Why do you use Potassium Chloride (Potash) instead of Potassium Hydroxide (Lye)?

You may know that you can also use potassium hydroxide (the more common chem. to use), also known as Lye to make biodiesel, but it is extremely hazardous for the person using it as well as the environment (if not handle appropriately). We've found that using potassium chloride, which is Potash an ingredient in fertilizers, is much safer (for both handler and the environment) and does just as good or better job of it. It's also biodegradable. It's also cheaper and easier to find. Your local feed store should have Potash. ...

What kind of salt do you recommend using and do your softeners also use Potassium Chloride in place of salt?

We recommend buying salt for your water softener that is very clean; around the 99.5% salt content and up. All softeners can use Potassium Chloride in place of salt. Potassium Chloride tends to melt when it gets wet, sometimes forming a "bridge" inside the salt tank, so we recommend filling the Brine tank only halfway or a bit more when using Potassium Chloride, so you can easily monitor it going down inside the tank after the unit regenerates.
We recommend using Solar Salt which is available at most larger hardware stores. The primary concern when buying salt for your water softener is to make sure it is very clean; around 99.5% salt content and up. All of our softeners will use potassium chloride in place of salt. ...

Can I use Potassium Chloride in my water softener instead of Sodium Chloride (Salt)?

Yes. Any CUNO water softener may use either Potassium or Sodium Chloride as a re-generant without changing settings. This is of special interest to anyone on a sodium-free or low sodium diet.

What are the benefits of using a potassium chloride-based versus a sodium chloride-based water softening product?

The benefits of potassium chloride-based products include: • Reduces sodium contribution to soft water by 99% • Provides a means to increase potassium, an essential human and plant nutrient, through softened water • Reduces chloride discharge by up to 20% as compared to sodium chloride softened water

Will Morton® Potassium Chloride Pellets affect the resin beads?

Use of Morton® Potassium Chloride Pellets will not harm the resin beads. However, if your raw water has a high iron content of over 2 ppm, you may want to use Morton® Rust Remover Super Pellens®. This product contains a resin bead cleaner which will help prevent fouling of clean or new resin beads. Morton® Pellets with System Saver® II Formula also contain two food grade resin cleaners that keep resin beads from fouling if your water contains less than 2 ppm of iron.

Can potassium chloride regenerant wastes from a water softener be used for irrigating lawns?

It is true that living plants take up and utilize potassium, whereas plants cannot use sodium. However, there is far more potassium in softener KCl brines than plants or grasses can normally use. Potassium that is not taken up by plants is held in the soil by clay and organic matter. Excessive build up of either potassium or sodium in the root zone of plants can inhibit plant growth. ...

In the Make Your Own Gummies Kit, what are potassium chloride, agar, and carrageenan?

These three ingredients help to change the gummy candies from a liquid to a gel form. Potassium chloride is a salt, while agar and carrageenan are derivatives of seaweed.

I have heard about using potassium chloride instead of salt. Can I use potassium chloride in my softener?

Yes. Potassium chloride can be used in place of softener salt, however, you may have to set your softener to a higher hardness setting. As a result, more potassium chloride may have to be used than salt. In addition, potassium chloride may be more expensive than salt. ABOUT SOFTENERS I TROUBLESHOOTING I ABOUT SALT I REGENERATION I WARRANTIES I MAINTENANCE WATER SOFTENER REGENERATION / RECHARGE

Will the water taste different if I use a potassium chloride-based product?

If your raw water is 22 grains of hardness or higher, a metallic, bitter taste may be noticed. If you find this objectionable, you may wish to switch back to a sodium chloride - based product, such as Morton® Pellets with System Saver® II Formula or use bottled water for drinking.

How will the Morton® Potassium Chloride Pellets or Morton® Pellets with System Saver® II Formula affect my plumbing or septic system?

There are no detrimental effects on plumbing or septic systems if Morton® Potassium Chloride Pellets or any of the Morton sodium chloride-based products are used.

How do I switch over to Morton® Potassium Chloride Pellets? Do I have to empty the sodium product from the water softener?

No, you do not have to empty the water softener. When you are ready to add more salt, simply pour the potassium chloride product on top of any remaining salt product.

Does Morton® Potassium Chloride Pellets contain the resin cleaners found in other Morton® Pellets with System Saver® II Formula or Morton® Rust Remover Super Pellens®?

Morton® Potassium Chloride Pellets do not contain any additives. Therefore, you will not get the benefit of the resin cleaners found in Morton® Pellets with System Saver® II Formula or Morton® Rust Remover Super Pellens®.

Will it take the same amount of Morton® Potassium Chloride Pellets to do the same job as the sodium pellets?

In most cases the same amount of Morton® Potassium Chloride Pellets and the same settings can be used. Only softeners at the 4-pound or less setting require a slight adjustment. Simply increase the setting by 12% i.e. at 4 pounds increase to 4.5 pounds.

Will mixing Morton® Pellets with System Saver® II Formula or any other Morton water softening products with Morton® Potassium Chloride Pellets result in any extra benefits?

We recommend the occasional use of Morton® Pellets with System Saver® II Formula, Morton® Rust Remover Super Pellens® or Morton® Rust Raze® Resin Cleaner to clean the softener system. For example, Morton® Pellets with System Saver® II Formula could be used every fifth bag.

Will Morton® Potassium Chloride Pellets work in any softener that can use Morton® Pellets with System Saver® II Formula?

Yes, you can use Morton® Potassium Chloride Pellets in any softener that uses sodium chloride (salt). We do not know of any brand of water softener in which Morton® Potassium Chloride Pellets would not work.

If I am using water softener salt right now and I want to switch over to potassium chloride, do I have to empty all of the salt out?

No, just simply start adding the potassium chloride on top of the salt.

Sodium chloride (table salt) retains water in the body; does No Salt, with potassium chloride, etc. do the same?

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