Filtering your tap and drinking water can be very confusing, but it doesn’t have to be and honestly shouldn’t be. Before you get to filtering all the bad things you’ve read about out, chlorine, fluoride, etc. there is one simple question: What is in your water?

Per the Center for Disease Control (CDC) [1], the chemicals used in municipal water to ‘disinfect and kill germs’ are most commonly either Chlorine or Chloramine (a chemical compound incl. Chlorine and Ammonia). Both chemicals are obviously toxic, but they are in our household water because in small amounts they are considered non-hazardous.

Well, they’re still toxic, even if it’s only a little bit. Most have figured out how to get rid of this excess Chlorine/Chloramine in drinking water by installing a tap filter or getting a filter pitcher like Brita.

Drinking water isn’t the only way your body is receiving these harmful chemicals, let’s talk about showers.

Studies show that remaining in the shower for longer than 10 minutes greatly increases your exposure to these harmful chemicals. Just 10 minutes is enough time to allow those toxins to be absorbed through the skin where they will then appear in blood tests and urine samples.

So, you could take showers for half of the time… or you can use a shower filter, which – just like Brita filters and faucet filters – are known to decrease Chlorine levels, leaving water fresher and easier to absorb.

Below you’ll find that there are countless shower filters available. Let’s take a deep dive into the different filters and hopefully by the end you can find the one for you.

What does a shower filter remove?

In a study mentioned by Critical Cactus [2] Biology Professor Norman Pace of the University of Colorado tested 50 showerheads and found that 60% contained bacteria and microorganisms.

If Chlorine or Chloramine were able to do their jobs perfectly (killing off bacteria in our water supply) most of these organisms would already be gone, but sadly that isn’t the case.

The idea with shower filters is that they pick up the slack. What Chlorine can’t find and kill, the shower filter will filter out for you before the water ever gets to you.

But shower filters aren’t only meant for microorganisms and bacteria, most shower filters are there to remove or reduce the chemicals in your water – chlorine, chloramine, magnesium, and calcium – which would help make the water safer, softer, and healthier for showering.

Do Shower Filters Really Work?

Not only do shower filters work, they work for an array of different problems you may be dealing with. If you’re unhappy with your shower now, don’t be dissatisfied any longer… many companies offer satisfaction guarantees – so there’s never any harm in trying.

Will a shower filter help my hair?

A shower filter will rejuvenate your hair in ways you didn’t even know were being caused by damaging water.

There are many reports of hard water, water containing the minerals magnesium and calcium, causing frizziness and dryness in hair and in some instances stripping colors from hair.

To improve on this, shower filters eliminate the unwanted minerals and allow your hair to hydrate properly.

Can shower filters remove chlorine?

Yes, and not only can they remove chlorine. According to the CDC, recently there has been a push to decontaminate water with another chemical, chloramine, a mix of chlorine and ammonia, instead of chlorine. Shower filters reduce chloramine too.

Before purchasing a shower filter, make sure to check your city’s website to learn what chemicals are used to clean your water.

Should you use a shower filter?

If you ever leave the shower with the feeling that you’re drained or not as clean as you wanted to be, consider a shower filter could be ideal for you.

Make sure to first clean your shower head, but use this page as a guide for when you want to purchase a filter. Many have said that they can tell an immediate difference in their hair and skin, their energy, and their mind.

These are ways to improve your life by simply buying an easy-to-install solution to a problem in your daily activities. Most people don’t realize how much showers affect their skin, health and well-being, but new studies show these chemicals don’t need to be ingested to have adverse effects on your health.

To prevent this, you can’t rely on just the standard shower head, you’ll need a shower filter.  Click here to see a list of the top 10 shower filters available now.

Do shower filters work for hard water?

The answer is absolutely. But you have to find one that is meant to reduce the chemicals in hard water and not only meant to reduce Chlorine and Chloramine in the water.

If you aren’t quite sure what ‘hard’ water is, it is basically that due to excessive amounts of magnesium and calcium in the water supply, skin and hair are left feeling extremely dry and brittle. Leaving the shower feeling dry? This is exactly what we’re trying to avoid.

Studies by NY Mag also show that repeatedly showering in hard water leads to lasting frizziness and an inability to soften hair.

So maybe those bad hair days are starting with your shower? Or that dry skin coming from your body absorbing minerals in water instead of the actual water.

Is it bad to shower in hard water?

Bad for you is pretty subjective. The water coming through all of your faucets should be regulated by your city and deemed potable – or drinkable.

But, if you have a filter pitcher, or a filter on your tap system for drinking water, you already know that everything the city deems potable isn’t necessarily what you want in your body. The same thought goes into showering with hard water.

Although probably still potable, there are significant benefits to reducing minerals like calcium and magnesium, which dry out skin and hard, in your water. Reversing this means that instead of your body absorbing calcium and magnesium because it’s in the water, your body will absorb more water.

Can (hard) water affect your hair?

Water, especially hard water, can affect your hair. But let’s not focus on just that it can do it, let’s focus on what’s going on with the chemicals and why this is happening to your hair.

Municipal water systems contain not only chemicals in them to clean them, but also contain minerals and dissolved metals that can have lastly effects on your hair.

The metals in your water, that may not be very harmful to you, produce a chemical reaction when joined with shampoos and soaps that causes soaps to be less effective and especially less hydrating. Some complain that in hard water soap is unable to lather the same, and when applied can strip hair of natural healthy oil.

Would you go to the store and purchase a soap that says it produces dryness? Scalp itchiness? Gets rid of healthy hair oils? I can’t imagine you would, but you are doing just that by showering in hard water. Having a shower filter can improve hair liveliness from the very first one.

*There are no current studies that connect hard water directly to hair loss. But, hard water can affect the healthiness of hair.

How long do shower filters last?

The standard shower filter lasts about 6 months to a year, depending on specifications of how many gallons of water can pass through the filter before it goes bad.

If you want to limit the upkeep, considering buying a longer lasting one – a year to two years. Be sure to check the price of replacement filters to know what you’ll be getting yourself into long term.

How often should a shower head be replaced?

Shower heads need replacing as well, not just the filters. The de facto answer is that with regular cleaning of your shower, and monitoring your shower system you will be able to visually see if bacteria or black mold are developing.

Bacteria and mold buildup is normal. Continue cleaning your shower head regularly, and consider replacing it every 2-5 years to keep your shower pressure high and your showers fresh and relaxing.

If you’re purchasing a new shower filter and you’ve had your shower head for a while, replace it! You’ll see the best results this way. Make sure the shower head and shower filter are compatible with each other.

Is there a shower head that softens water?

Yes, there are also shower heads that can filter some of the unwanted metals in your water out and you wouldn’t need to get a filter system.

Although you’ll still have to purchase a new shower head, you should look for one that is going to reduce calcium and magnesium in the water. Studies have found that removing these two minerals from water has greatly improved water quality, leaving water, skin and hair softer during and after showers.


To wrap things up, I want to leave you wish a few things to consider on your quest to having healthier, more refreshing showers. Fight against the chlorines and chloramines in your water first, because those are researched to have toxic effects on people.

Second, if you’re leaving your showers unhappy and displeased, change something… whether that’s a new shower head, a filter, or a complete makeover, don’t frustrate yourself with poor water quality, this is something you can control.

And don’t forget! It’s not a crime to take advantage of customer-satisfaction policies. Be sure to find the filter you like – and don’t hesitate to send back the one you don’t.

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