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Chlorine Shower Filter          Chlorine in your shower water is one of the leading causes of dry skin, dry hair and rashes on the body from exposure to chlorine. Much of the same effects as swimming in a swimming pool filled with chlorine are the same as showering in it. For example you may remember as a child swimming in a pool with chlorine and how it would make your eyes red and your skin itch after you got out of the pool. This is due to the drying effects of chlorine. It can make your skin very dry and cause allergic reactions in many people such as rashes that resemble eczema. Worse you may not know what is causing these rashes you have every week and think it is some type of fungus or something else. So many cases of skin rashes go misdiagnosed and mistreated as fungus or other infections when it fact they are just being caused by exposure to chlorine from your shower water every day.



Step 1

Learn the different types of shower filters on the market and how they work. There are several different types with different strengths and weaknesses which you can use. However there are drawbacks to each style that you should consider before purchasing any filters.

KDF Shower Filters

Shower FilterKDF Shower Filters are one of the most common type of shower filter on the market today. The reason for this is because they have the best chlorine conversion in hot water. KDF filters are made of copper and zinc fines or flakes usually held within some kind of mesh filter to keep the copper and zinc from flying out into your shower water. KDF shower filters such as the Aquasana, Culligan, and Sprite brands to name a few, work by creating an electro chemical reaction between the copper and zinc particles within the filter. As electrons are passed and exchanged between the plates they convert certain particles in the a to others. For example chlorine is converted into a harmless chloride. Copper lead and mercury also attach to the KDF material’s surface. However there are also negative by-products produced by the KDF filter as in most shower filters. For example there is much controversy surrounding KDF filters because they also produce OH and peroxide radicals during their filtering process. Many claim that these oxidative radicals can burn the skin and cause small rashes on the skin, inflammation, and itching. In addition there is another effect of certain KDF filters. Because KDF filters attach electrons to many molecules, your shower water may come out somewhat charged in a similar way as static electricity collects when you walk on carpet or wear certain clothing. Your skin may retain this “charge” and when you get out of the shower you may notice cotton balls from clothing will stick to your skin.

Carbon Activated Filters

Carbon activated filters do not make good shower filters only because their effectiveness at removing chlorine at higher water temperatures goes down. They are more effective at removing chlorine at cold water temperatures. Also at higher temperatures bacteria may form on carbon filters. However this point is moot with shower filters because you are not drinking your shower water. There are not many if any at all shower filters on the market that are pure carbon filters. Although some shower filters such as Aquasana add carbon fines to their other filtration technology as an extra step in the filtration process.



Vitamin C Shower Filters

Vitamin C shower filters are much less popular than the KDF filters for shower filtration. As far as chlorine conversion they are some of the most effective shower filters because they remove more chlorine than any other type of shower filter. They use Vitamin C which effectively turns chlorine into a harmless compound for the skin. However one of the byproducts of this chemical reaction is the creation of hydrochloric acid or HCL which evaporates into the air as you take your shower. Breathing in hydrochloric acid can have disastrous effects on the lungs, esophagus, and bronchial tubes causing inflammation such as a tightness in the chest after taking a shower. So, yes Vitamin C filters are effective at removing chlorine. However the creation of HCl as a byproduct is not a good result.


Step 2

Review the pros and cons of each type of shower filter. Decide which one you want and install it onto your shower head. Most shower filters come with ½” NPT fittings to attach to your existing shower head. You may have to use Teflon tape to wrap around the shower fitting to create a better seal with the shower filter attachment fitting such that water does not leak out of it.


Step 3

Start noticing results within a week and see if you have smoother skin and silkier hair. This is as a result of removing the chlorine from you shower water. Chlorine has a drying effect on hair and skin. Its removal from your shower water will definitely help your skin.



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