I NEED HELP starting my natty dreads!
Ok. I checked Irvine, Ca. You've got Very hard water:
If you're going to use BS or Dr. Bronners, you'll run into some issues unless you do a few things
FIrst, you could boil your water. Let it cool, and then very gently pour off most of it. Don't rush, and don't pour of all the water into a container. That'll leave most of the minerals in the original pot. Then you can mix the BS and be fine.
Or you can get a soft water filter for your shower head. You won't have to boil anything, and can use either the BS or Bronners.
If you're feeling inventive, you can make a distillery. It's really easy. There are videos all over youtube for how to do it. You just need 2 containers. 1 bigger than the other. about 15-20 feet of hose or piping. black and white spray paint, and a platform of wood or something about 3-5 inches tall.
Paint the big container black, and put it on the platform. Fill it with normal hard water. Paint the hose and small container white. Coil the hose so that it's about 3 feet long. And attach it to the smaller container.
This should all be done outside. As he hard water absorbs heat, it'll evaporate, and run through the coil, cooling it down. When it's cool, it'll condense and drip into the smaller container. That new water ill be pure distilled water. Perfect for anything you want to use it for.