My family recently started getting our water from natural springs and I’m so excited to have such pure, fresh water- for free! I recommend checking out www.findaspring.com to learn more about finding a natural spring in your area.
Up until moving to Alameda, we didn’t have a bath or shower filter. With my little guy having baths every couple of days, it’s important to me that we filter out chemicals like chlorine, which may disrupt the skin’s microbiome and is a known carcinogen. And after recently learning that we absorb more chlorine from bathing and showering than from drinking water containing chlorine, I know it is important for adults too. Ideally we’d filter out fluoride too but unfortunately, as far as I know, the only way you can do that is through an entire home filtration system. This may be a great idea if you own your own home. Chlorine is important to filter out of bath and shower water as it is especially problematic when it is heated and the vapor is inhaled. Hmmm, this does make me reconsider going in a hot tub….Here is an article by The Healthy Home Economist on ways to protect yourself if you do swim in chlorinated pools.
We chose to get the S0naki Vitamin C shower head (it comes with one replacement filter) after reading this post by Wellness Mama where she recommended vitamin C filters. This was easy to instal and each filter is said to last up to 3000 gallons of water, which means you’ll need to replace the filter about every three months. It filters out 99.9% of chlorine and chloramines (a mixture of ammonia and chlorine). This is a low flow shower head but has great pressure.
At first I thought I’d just run the shower to fill the bath but that takes too long and the bath water ends up a little too cool for me. I was going to purchase The Crystal Ball but you have to swish it in the bath water fro 5-8 minutes which seems like a hassle! Instead we chose to get the Cuzn Bath Ball filter that attaches to the faucet so that the water runs through it. If your area’s water system has chloramines (you can talk with customer service at Cuzn and they can search your area) then you will want to make sure to select the BB-104-85 model, which is not available on their website but not on Amazon. Sara at the company told me, “The water quality will affect the filter’s life, but most customers find that the filter last about 12 months. The new filters are a bright gold color but turn dark as they oxidize and become harder to the touch. Once the filter is entirely black the filter has reached it end of life and will need to be replaced.” I wish the design of this filter was a bit better. If the top had a higher and wider edge then the water wouldn’t so easily splash out and more easily run through the filter, but it works. Since we don’t have a traditional faucet, I was able to secure it to hang int he right place using a rubber band.
In this post Wellness Mama also recommends adding a couple teaspoons of bentonite clay to some filtered water, shaking and then adding this mixture to the filtered bath water to further reduce toxins. In his book, Eat Dirt, Dr. Axe is a big fan of bentonite clay and while it may seem counterintuitive to add “dirt” to bath water, I think this sounds like a good way to get exposure to bentonite clay and have a little detox bath!
Do you use a bath and shower filter? What do you use?