I need my shower. Whether it’s for just a few minutes of relaxation or a hydrating refresh after a hard core workout, I don’t think I’m alone in saying it helps to provide me with just enough peace and balance.
So when I take a shower, the last thing I want to be wondering about is whether my water is safe. But when I ask myself questions like ‘is this shower going to make me smell more like my water or my soap?’ or ‘what is that what stuff clinging onto my shower head?’ – that’s what I’m wondering about. At least, that’s what I used to wonder about. I mean, I’m a mom that works for an online water filters retailer that offers an incredible shower filter selection. Of course I’ve made sure our shower water is safe. So here’s my advice for you.
If you are wondering about the quality of your water, installing a shower filter is an easy, affordable and obvious solution. But there are a few things I would recommend first.
First – is your shower water pumping from your city or from your well? If from a well, there are any number of sediments and particulates that can cause quality issues especially as we move into autumn. If you live in the city, and you smell a clean, chemical scent, you may have too much chlorine.
City water commonly uses chlorine to reduce the levels of pathogenic bacteria in water. But if there is too much, it can cause health problems, ranging from eye irritation to stomach discomfort. According to the EPA, some people who drink water containing excess chlorine for many years may even experience anemia.
Fortunately, there are regulations and legally enforceable standards in place for the use of chlorine in water, with 4 milligrams per liter being relatively safe. With well water on the other hand, you are a bit more on your own. If you are worried about the levels of chlorine or sediment in your shower water, I would suggest using a water test kit, in addition to installing a shower filter. The WaterSafe ALL-IN-ONE shown above, is affordable, and tests for chlorine, lead, bacteria, pesticides, nitrates, sediments and water hardness.
When we talk about sediments and water hardness, we are talking about the ‘ugly’ in your shower – the thick, white junk that forms in hard to clean places. Also called scale, sediments can build up and be an enormous pain to clean. Hard water is caused by a high level of dissolved minerals. It’s murder on your skin and hair, causing dryness and breakouts.
A good shower filter will help to reduce sediments, but the white stuff caused by hard water will still eventually build up. But with the right DIY solutions, these stains will seem downright wimpy. For cleaning your shower head, I found soaking it in warmed white vinegar will do the trick. If you are cleaning hard water stains off chrome fixtures, try lemon.
Of course, if you’re looking for the nuclear option to stop hard water before it even pours through your fixtures, I’d suggest looking into a water softener. Water softeners can also help to pay for themselves over time by extending the life of your plumbing and appliances.
Bottom-line – your shower is your time. If it’s getting ruined by stinky or hard water – you need to take it back, whether that means installing a quick-fit shower filter or hard core water softener. Your hair, skin, fixtures and family will thank you.
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