A bath water filter can help remove many unhealthy substances from unfiltered tap or well water that you would normally bathe in.
The cumulative effect of bathing or showering in unfiltered water (especially chlorinated tap water) may affect your health, according to numerous studies.
As soon as I learned about the potential health risks associated with bathing in chlorinated water, I stopped taking baths. The thought of bathing in a tub of chlorinated water became highly unappealing.
Since then I have used a few effective bath water filters that have allowed me to enjoy baths again.
The same is true for shower filters. Both the bath filter and shower filters are relatively inexpensive and well worth the value.
When chlorine combines with organic matter in our bodies or in the water itself, harmful by-products are formed which create the primary health risk. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
“The predominant byproducts that result from use of chlorine as a disinfectant are trihalomethanes (chloroform, bromoform, bromodichloromethane, and dibromochloromethane) and haloacetic acids (monochloro-, dichloro-, trichloro-, monobromo-, dibromo-).
“Trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acids (HAAs) form when chlorine reacts with organic and inorganic material in source water (which comes from decomposing plant material, pesticides, etc.).
“The amount of trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids in drinking water can change from day to day, depending on the season, water temperature, amount of chlorine added, the amount of plant material in the water, and a variety of other factors.”
Long-term exposure to chlorine by-products has been linked to serious health issues, including cancer of the colon, stomach, bladder and liver. It is also linked to heart disease, high blood pressure and allergies.
Bathing in chlorinated water also destroys the natural oils from hair and skin, causing them to be extremely dry.
To learn more about the effects of bathing in chlorinated water,see Chlorine in Tap Water - Why Use a Bath and Shower Filter?
We recommend the following bath ball filters because of their filtration media, company reputation and reliability, personal experience, customer reviews, and overall value.
The first bath ball filter I purchased was for a family member who had cancer. Part of his integrative treatment involved taking Epsom salt baths and we definitely did not want him to be bathing in chemicals (chlorine) or other water contaminants.
For expediency, we looked at a few of the local big home improvement stores (Lowes and Home Depot) but they did not carry the bath water filters.
So we went online to do our research and ended up purchasing the Crystal Quest bath ball filter. Even today we believe it is still the best.
We have also personally used the Sprite bath ball filter and like it as well, but it does not have the same level of filtration as the Crystal Quest one.
There are a number of other bath filters on the market but we are not recommending them for a number of reasons, either because of inadequate filtration, inconvenience of use, or just not a good value for what you get.
You can get a high-quality bath ball filter for $30 to $65.
The Crystal Quest bath filter removes a wide range of contaminants including chlorine and Trihalomethanes (THMs), as well as Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs), pesticides, heavy metals, sulfur, rust water (iron oxide), rotten egg odor (hydrogen sulfide), other odors, dirt and sediment.
Water travels through two filtration media in the ball to not only remove chlorine and the other contaminants but also to enhance the pH balance of the water.
This means that when you bathe in this water your skin will most likely feel softer and smoother, and your hair will be less dry.
The bath ball filter will also reduce the amount of residue on the bath tub and result in less cleaning time.
It provides excellent filtration for 12 to 18 months, depending on usage.We believe it is a good value for about $60 retail. It comes in white or chrome (for $5 more).
Sprite Industries offers a bath water filter, which also removes chlorine and improves the pH of the water. Sprite uses their patented Chlorgon media and Kinetic Degradation Fluxion (KDF) media in their bath ball.
We have personally used this ball filter and it works well, but prefer the Crystal Quest one because it has superior filtration and the CQ filter lasts two to three times longer.
The ball also contains mineral balls to reduce water hardness and enhance the water’s pH balance.
The filter is easily attached and removed from the faucet with Velcro tabs. Filter is good for about 6 months.
This filter comes in chrome (retails for about $35), blue ($33) or white ($30)
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