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Do I Need a Filter For My Shower?

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Showering is an activity that millions of people around the world enjoy as part of their daily routine. It is the fastest and most effective way to keep yourself clean, and whether it’s after getting home from a long day or helping you wake from your sleep in the morning, a shower is relaxing and refreshing. Are you aware though that the water you are showering in could be having a negative effect on your health?

There are many chemicals and contaminants that could be present in your household water, including chlorine. Chlorine is a strong oxidising agent, which led to the development of commercial bleaches and disinfectants and is used as a common disinfectant in swimming pools to keep them clean and sanitary. In large doses, chlorine has been known to have severe effects on the human body, and although it is uncommon that the chemical is used in high concentration, even a small amount of chlorine can still attack our respiratory systems, eyes, and skin.

When you take a hot shower, the steam that fills up the bathroom has the potential to contain up to 40 times the amount of chlorine found in still tap water. Why? This is largely due to the fact that chlorine and other similar chemicals are known to vaporise at an accelerated rate compared to water, and these chemicals can enter into your body through your skin and lungs.

The steam from a hot shower causes the pores of your skin to open up. This allows a selection of chemicals found in water, including chlorine, to be more easily absorbed into the body. The presence of chlorine in steam can cause the skin to become dry and retract, which can affect existing skin conditions. It can also cause reactions including itchiness, redness, soreness, and mild bumps. These reactions are often attributed to an array of different allergies however they could potentially be the symptoms of irritant contact dermatitis, a type of inflammation of the skin caused by chemicals or other naturally occurring elements. Chlorine not only enters the body through the skin, but it can also be inhaled into the lungs, and ingested. Inhalation can be the most severe form of exposure, because once the vaporised chlorine is inhaled, it then travels directly into the blood stream.

Just like your drinking water, if your shower water has not been filtered using a quality water filter, chlorine and other chemicals and contaminants may still be present. To protect your family and to ensure that your shower water is the cleanest, purest water possible, please see below for our extensive range of filtration products for your shower. For more information or to sign up for our automated renewals service, please email us at customerservice@fridgefilters.com.au or give us a call on 1300 742 249 and one of our dedicated team members will be about to answer any questions.

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