How Is Morton Salt Made?

October 17, 2019 3:11 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

For many Americans, the name “Morton” is synonymous with salt. Across the country, the Chicago-based company has a place on seemingly every American table. It’s a place it’s been slowly earning since the company was officially founded in 1910, more than a century ago.

Over the following hundred years, Morton took simple sodium chloride and elevated its creation into high art. Today, in addition to its spot in the pantry, Morton salt is used in agriculture and in various industries. When the weather turns bad, Morton salt is spread across hundreds of American roads. And, for homeowners with hard water, Morton salt just might be the perfect addition to a water softener system in Shelby County, OH.

So, it’s just table salt?

No way. Though Morton water conditioning salt and Morton table salt may have the same basic chemical formula, the final products are two different animals. Table salt tends to be a little bit cleaner—“dirty salt” isn’t a problem in your water conditioning brine tank, but no one wants to put anything but the highest-grade salt into their body.

The primary difference between table salt and the salt in your water softener system in Shelby County, OH is the added resin beads. These microscopic objects are designed to latch on to calcium and magnesium and then swiftly help remove them from your water.

The solar method

The most ancient form of refining salt comes courtesy of the sun itself. Though the modern solar method has been updated over the last thousand years, the general concept behind gathering salt with the help of solar rays remains the same as it did when it first began.

Salt-heavy water is gathered into shallow pools, called concentrating ponds. Under the sun’s harsh glare, the water evaporates until only a small amount of salt crystals remain in a kind of brine. From there, the salt and brine are collected, and the brine is strained. What remains is salt.


In addition to its presence in the ocean, salt also appears in the Earth’s crust. It can appear as a vein, like coal, or in a kind of plug shape, a result of large salt deposits pushed up from the depths of the Earth.

When a deposit is located, it’s removed carefully, in a checkerboard pattern (to avoid cave-ins), until only about 30 percent of the original amount of salt remains.

Vacuum heating

The most recent innovation in salt creation is the vacuum heating method. When a salt deposit is uncovered, two wells are drilled deep into the salt. Then, a third well is drilled that connects the original two wells. At that point, water is pumped into one well, where it dissolves the salt in the deposit. Then, the water is forced through the connecting hole and out the other well. The resulting salt brine is stored in tanks.

From there, the brine is fed into vacuum pans that heat the brine until nothing remains but an ultra-high purity salt.

Your friendly Morton distributor

Is it time to add Morton salt to your water softener system in Shelby County, OH? If so, come to Fogt Water Conditioning, where our team of experts has years of experience serving our friends and neighbors in the Dayton area. For 60 years and counting, we’ve been the go-to choice for people seeking to eradicate their water problems. Now, it’s your turn. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

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