It’s finally spring! That means sprouting grass, budding flowers, warmer weather and – for many of us – spring cleaning. While you’re dusting those shelves and scrubbing those floors (hopefully with chemical-free cleaners!) you may want to take some time to think about making sure your water source is the cleanest it can possibly be, too!
Clear Water Doesn't Always Mean Clean Water
Water quality issues have been in the news a lot recently, with long-term water crises in Flint, Michigan and across many Canadian First Nations communities, as well as recent concerns about traces of pharmaceutical drugs making their way into water supplies. I really hope that you live in a place that isn’t forced to drink bottled water as a matter of safety. But even if the local authority deems your tap water safe to drink, there are ways to make it even safer!
The Environmental Working Group has identified 316 chemicals in American tap waters, 202 of which aren’t regulated. The only “chemicals” you really need in your water are the plain old hydrogen and oxygen you need to make H2O! Lucky for us, there are steps we can take to clean up our water to get at least some of those excess chemicals out of there!
Water Filters: The Easiest Way to Get the Gunk Out
There are so many different types of water filters out there that everyone should be able to find one that suits their needs and budget. A great place to start is one of those water-filtering pitchers you can keep in your fridge, which give you the added bonus of keeping your water refreshingly cold! These systems won’t get everything out of your water, but they’re excellent at removing things like excess chlorine, so not only will your water be cleaner, it’ll also taste better. There are lots of different companies making these sorts of pitchers out there. Just remember to pick one that’s BPA-free and to replace the filter regularly!
If you’re ready to take it to the next level, reverse osmosis filters are the Cadillacs of the home water filtration world. These ones hook up to the plumbing in your house, so the good news is that you’ll always have filtered water straight out of whatever tap you hook the system up to! One caveat that you should keep in mind is that reverse osmosis filters are so good at their jobs that they can even strip out beneficial minerals like calcium and magnesium, so you may want to add remineralizing tablets if you go with this option. Reverse osmosis filters are definitely pricier, but last for years, and are relatively easy to install, even if you’re not a professional plumber. If this is the option for you, have a chat with the staff at your local hardware or home improvement store as they will be able to advise you on all your options.
Don't Stop at the Kitchen Sink!
When we think about water filters, we tend to focus on the kitchen sink and the water we drink, but there’s another source of water in the house that we’re exposed to every day: the bathroom. Don’t worry, I’m not going to ask you to filter the toilet water ;) but you may want to think about cleaning up the water you use to clean your body every day. You can just as easily absorb chemicals through your skin as you can through your digestive tract, but you can make sure your daily showers are squeaky clean by installing a water filter on your shower head. I’ve got a filter in my bathroom at home that is installed on the shower head, but there are plenty of options at your local hardware store.
What’s your spring cleaning project for 2016? Share it with us in the comments below!