Install a Shower Filter & Reduce Your Chlorine Exposure

by Ron & Lisa Beres on August 7, 2012 · 10 comments

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If you are one of over 200 million Americans bathing in chlorinated water each day, then listen up.  Don’t assume this doesn’t include you, because today, over 98 percent of U.S.municipal water systems treat water with chlorine-based disinfectants.  With all of the bottled water hype and diligence to assure our drinking water is filtered and safe, there is little attention being placed on our bathing water. Hence, most people are only addressing half of the problem.  The concern with bathing in chlorine treated water is that – although effective at killing biological agents such as germs, bacteria and viruses – chlorine reacts with organic matter in raw water to form disinfection by-products (DBP’s).  These DBP’s include haloacetic acids (HAA’s) and trihalomethanes (THMs) – the most common being chloroform, a carcinogen.  All of this in addition to chlorine’s link to breast, kidney and bladder cancer.

Additionally, if you bathe or shower in unfiltered tap water, then you are absorbing chlorine directly into your body.  After all, our skin is our largest organ and for most people, 50% of their daily exposure to chlorine is coming from bathing water. Why?  Because, chlorine isn’t just absorbed dermally. In a hot, steamy shower, chlorine vaporizes and is inhaled directly into the lungs; which can also be an asthmatic trigger.

Did You Know?  Chloroform [a known carcinogen] levels increase up to 100 times during a ten-minute shower in residential water. ~Dr. Lance Wallace, EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) 

WATCH  BELOW as Ron demonstrates how to install both a shower filter, a handheld shower filter and a bath filter – quickly, easily and affordably!

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Janet August 10, 2012 at 7:50 am

Thank you for this info about chlorine in the shower. What about chlorine in swimming pools? I do water aerobics 5 times a week at my local YMCA pool.

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Ron & Lisa August 10, 2012 at 11:38 am

Great question Janet – and definitely a concern. Many pools owners nowadays are switching to salt water systems. Converters can even be purchased for reasonable rates for residential pools. In regards to commercial pools, and in particular, the YMCA, you may want to read this great article about YMCA’s in the mid south that have converted (4) of (8) pools to salt water or saline. You can present this to your local YMCA and see if they are interested in following suit: http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2011/apr/12/gone-saline/

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Robin M August 10, 2012 at 11:36 am

Hi Ron & Lisa love your site and all the info you guys supply! I have wanted to get a filter for my shower for awhile where can I find one and the bath ball thing? I havent been able to find that anywhere.

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Ron & Lisa August 10, 2012 at 11:45 am

Hi Robin~
Thank you :) YES…you can find a large range of options for both shower filters (including hand-held varieties) and bath ball filters HERE: http://tinyurl.com/6lrkoox

P.S. The site above appears to having some technical difficulty. You can either check back later – or – here is another resource for shower filters: http://tinyurl.com/8hj5pr4

Once you use one – you’ll wonder how you lived without it!

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Betty Remy August 17, 2012 at 11:27 am

love to have one thank you

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Ron & Lisa August 17, 2012 at 6:39 pm

They make a huge difference – and start as low as $24.99! Plus, no tools required to install (my favorite part) :)

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Felix March 12, 2015 at 12:05 pm

Hi, The links above don’t seem to be working Thank you

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Ron & Lisa April 8, 2015 at 5:41 pm

Thanks for letting us know Felix! They should be working now :)

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