Thursday, November 20, 2008

Chlorine Filter in Shower

Since I moved to our new house a little over a year ago I have experienced very dry skin. I think most of it is due to the fact that I now have chlorinated city water instead of well water like I was used to.

In iVillage's Green Your Routine newsletter today they present different ways to make your bathroom more eco-friendly and one of the items listed is a KDF Shower Filter. Apparently this filter "uses the patented KDF copper-zinc alloy (manufactured by KDF Fluid Treatment, Inc.), the most effective media there is to remove chlorine in high temperature shower water. KDF's performance actually improves the higher the water temperature, whereas carbon's (used by some) performance decreases! With this technology, our filter has been shown to effectively remove 97+% of this damaging chlorine, for up to 15 months (for 2 people) - 2 to 3 times longer than other filters. Treats about 18,000 gallons--get approximately 1800 five minute showers. KDF also removes iron and other heavy metals, sulfur, pesticides and it controls the mold and mildew in your shower."

I wonder if this product would really help my dry skin?

Also iVillage says that "More importantly, a long, hot shower can be harmful to your health. At high temperatures, the chloroform evaporates into harmful vapors that in an enclosed bathroom space, you will be breathing in." This product would solve that problem as well.

Other tips they give for making your bathroom more "green" are switching to a non-toxic shower curtain, organic towels, and green cleaners and bath products.


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