The Best Way to Remove Fluoride and Pesticides from Tap Water

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One of our readers asked about a Fluoride Water Filter. She also wanted this filter to remove pesticides.

“I’m trying to upgrade from our Pur faucet mount and want to remove fluoride from our water with a new filter. But your app [Pure Living Space Water Filter Selector App] is pointing me to reverse osmosis, which I’ve read wastes a ton of water, so I’d like to find an alternative. We’re in farm country, so I want to be sure our filter takes out pesticides. Undersink is preferable, but we’ll do counter if it seems a better choice. I’m also interested in seeing the costs for replacement filters and how many gallons they’re good for. Thanks for your help! S.S.”

Best Way to Remove Fluoride & Pesticides from Drinking Water

Here’s our response about how to find and select the best fluoride water filter.

As you probably know, Fluoride is among a group of contaminants that is difficult to remove. Most water filters do not remove Fluoride. In fact, most water filters, especially the name brand water pitchers, only remove a handful of contaminants. If you want to drink the cleanest water, you need to look beyond the big box store brands.

Let’s take a look at several good options to remove fluoride and pesticides.

Reverse Osmosis (RO) and Carbon Water Filter System

Your first option is the Aquasana Reverse Osmosis & Carbon Filter system. A carbon filter alone will not remove fluoride and some other tough to remove contaminants, so you need the RO filter as well. We use this Aquasana system in our home. It’s one of the few that has three NSF certifications.

You may have read on our website that we only recommend water filters that have been tested by a certified third-party lab. This RO and Carbon Water Filter System passes that test with high marks. Remember to always read and compare the test results because even certified water filters perform at different levels.

The Aquasana RO system’s performance is impressive in terms of the % of contaminants removed, especially the % of fluoride it reduces. It compares favorably to other systems that may only reduce 50-70%. See the test results for this Aquasana water filter system.

It’s true that an RO system does waste some water, the equivalent of a couple of extra toilet flushes a day. The other concern many people raise is that an RO system strips out the good water minerals. However, with the Aquasana RO system, it has an added feature that remineralizes your water making that issue less of a concern to most people.

The annual cost of maintaining the RO system averages $177.

Propur Container Filters Remove Fluoride

Since you’re concerned about wasted water, you could choose one of the Propur container filters. These containers sit on your counter top. Just like a water filter pitcher, you fill the container with water and let gravity pull the water through the filter. The Propur container filters come in a variety of sizes from the Propur Water Pitcher Filter to the Propur Stainless Steel Water Filter Containers that range from 55 oz. to 4 gallons.

This is the only proven gravity filter we found that removes fluoride. Although Propur doesn’t have NSF certification, Propur’s filters were tested by a certified lab. They share their results on their site–not all water filter manufacturers choose to publish their test results. See the test results for the Propur Water Filter Containers.

We use the water filter pitcher when we travel and at the office. The only drawback is that it is slow! On the other hand, it’s removing as many contaminants as an RO/Carbon Filter, so it’s all a trade-off.

The other nice feature is that the Propur filter does not strip out healthy water minerals. Each filter lasts up to 6 months, so the annual filter cost is $80.

Propur ProMax Counter Top & Under Counter Water Filters Remove Fluoride – NEW Products!

Recently, Propur released an advanced filter that removes Fluoride and over 200 other contaminants. And, this filter exceeds expectations. It makes the RO and carbon filter systems obsolete.

The Propur ProMax Counter Top Water Filter attaches to any standard faucet without a pull-out sprayer. The Propur ProMax Under Counter Water Filter system installs under the counter taking up a fraction of the space that an RO system would occupy. The filter does not waste water, does not need electricity, and does not remove healthy water minerals.

These water filters reduce/remove a broad range of over 200 contaminants including VOCs, lead, fluoride, heavy metals, pesticides, SVCs, disinfectants, inorganic non-metallics, herbicides, pharmaceuticals, PFOA, PFOS, and micro-organisms.

Tested by a certified third-party lab to meet NSF 42, NSF 53, and NSF P231 standards. See the third-party lab results on this Propur ProMax Water Filter System.

The filters last about 9 months depending on usage, so the annual filter cost is $80.

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How to Choose and Safely Install Wood Flooring

Remodeling? Learn how to choose and safely install wood flooring. Avoid issues with formaldehyde and other indoor air pollutants.

One of our readers recently asked us about how to choose safe wood flooring and how to install it safely.

“We are considering changing the flooring to hardwood instead of carpet. From the little research I did, the cork floor might be more eco-friendly, but I do not like the look and colors of cork. So I have opted for engineered hardwood from an eco-friendly company like Kahr’s or Green building supply. Is that a good choice? Any brands you would recommend?

Also, what should I look for in a safe brand (which would be formaldehyde free?) Some green standard?? For installation of the wood floor, I was considering getting water based glue which has low VOC’s. Is that good? Any safe brand adhesive you suggest?”

We know how difficult it can be during a remodeling project to find safe and healthy materials. Below are our recommendations for purchasing safe wood flooring as well as how to install wood flooring without creating indoor air quality problems.

Safe Wood Flooring

Before we talk about engineered wood flooring, I just want to cover a few topics about cork and laminate wood floors.

Although cork floors are eco-friendly, they do have some drawbacks. Many require glue down applications, and the glues can be a problem. Also, cork is not as durable and can’t be refinished. Based on these considerations and the fact that you didn’t like the look, you’re probably better off with engineered wood floors.

It appears that you are not considering laminate wood floors. As you’re probably aware, some laminate wood floors can be very toxic, but not all are bad. This article gives good advice on how to find safer laminate wood flooring.


What to Look for When Buying Engineered Wood Flooring

Here’s what to look for in engineered wood flooring.

Engineered floors are a combination of a solid hardwood top glued to a plywood base. The thicker the hardwood top, the more time the floor can be sanded and refinished. A thicker hardwood top increases the longevity of the floor.

  • Check a cross section of the engineered floor to ensure that you are getting at least ¼” of solid wood and not a laminated floor
  • Find out what type of glue was used. Water-based, non-toxic glues are best. Kahrs, EcoTimber, and other companies use non-toxic glues
  • Look for the Green Guard certification which ensures that the flooring passes indoor air quality requirements
    • Shaw & Armstrong have some Green Guard certified engineered wood floors


How to Safely Install Engineered Wood Floors

Ideally, you should use nails rather than glue because as you know, glue can release dangerous toxins. If you have to use glue, use Zero VOC adhesives like Bostick’s TKO or EcoTimber Healthy Bond.

If you are installing the floor over concrete, you can float the floor to avoid glue. Check to see if your floor is designed for a floating application.

Always cut the wood floor outside!

Why? Because wood dust can be a carcinogen.

If you need to fill floor cracks, try one of these products:

  • Custom Brand Non-Sanded Grout
  • AFM Brand Caulk
  • Plaster of Paris (100% gypsum)
  • Murco Joint Compound (made of starch)
  • Portland Cement

When installing baseboards and quarter rounds, use nails only without adhesives. If you’re using pine, then paint or seal all sides prior to installation using no VOC paint or no VOC sealant. Using oil based paint? Then you’ll have to use a low VOC paint.


Armed with the facts, you can now purchase safe wood flooring. And, you can install it without worries.

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How to Choose Whole House Water Filters

Do you have questions about buying a whole house water filtration system? Get the info you need to make the right decision. Click to read the full article or PIN to save for later.

One of our Dallas readers sent us this question about how to choose Whole House Water Filters.

“I want to install a whole house water filtration system but not crazy expensive. Are there one of two companies you could recommend? There are tons listed in the area and I’ve heard there are a lot of flaky companies out there.”

Our response – Here’s How to Choose Whole House Water Filters

We know what you mean about purchasing a whole house filter and not knowing who you can trust. Many companies make claims that just aren’t backed up with facts and third-party lab results. These are the steps we recommend to choose whole house water filters.

Do Some Background Reading

If you haven’t yet, please consider reading our article on Whole House Filters – Confused about Whole House Filters? This will give you a good start. In this article, you’ll discover three critical things you should know before purchasing a filter.

Confused About Whole House Water Filters?

Know Your Water Department’s Chemical Disinfectants

You should start by understanding which chemical disinfectant your water department uses. Why? Because it will determine which type of whole house filter you need. You wouldn’t want to purchase a filter that is primarily geared to removing Chlorine if your water department uses Chloramines as a disinfectant.

Since you’re in the Dallas area, I think you probably get your water from Dallas County Park Cities Municipal Utility District and they use Chloramines and not Chlorine as a water disinfectant.

How do you find this information?

Simply google the name of your city including the term “water department” or “water quality”. You should easily be able to find your city’s water quality report. When you read the report, it will be obvious which disinfectant they are using.

We Recommend Austin Springs Whole House Filters

We recommend the Austin Springs Whole House Filter which is third-party tested and NSF certified (#42 & #53) to remove certain water contaminants. Aquasana, a well-known name in water filtration, makes the Austin Springs filters in the USA and supports them with a 3-year warranty.

Whole House Water Filter Austin Springs

Any licensed plumber can install this whole house filter. After installation, you can change the filters without tools or help from a plumber.

If you decide to go with a different system, we recommend only buying filters that are third-party tested and certified by NSF. You’ll want to look for NSF certification #42 & #53 for your whole house filter.

PLUS, you need to ask for the lab report.

Why? Because even certified filters perform at different levels. For instance, the Austin Springs Whole House Filter reduces 90% of chloramines and other filters may only remove 50% of chloramines.

Don’t Buy it without Third-Party Lab Report

We advise people to only buy water filters with a third-party lab report. Trustworthy water filter manufacturers hire a certified third-party lab to test their filters and they publish the results.


Want a Custom Whole House Filtration System?

If you want a custom system (perhaps with a reverse osmosis tank, etc.), then look for certified professionals:

  • Certified Water Specialist (CWS) 
    This designation is best suited for professionals who provide solutions to “problem water” issues and health-related contaminants.
  • Certified Installer (CI) 
    This designation is ideal for professionals who specialize in installing water quality improvement products.

Don’t settle for uncertified businesses because you only want to hire certified professionals.

Armed with the facts, you don’t have to feel overwhelmed when choosing a home water filtration system.

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