8 Powerful But Simple Changes to Make You Healthier

8 Powerful Yet Simple Changes to Make You Healthier at Home

Sometimes it seems that making healthy choices is a burden. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with that healthy choice list that you “should” do, but can’t fit into your life.  Trying to fit more “healthy” into your life can feel like trying to fit into that pencil skirt after the holidays. Fortunately, you can make powerful yet simple changes today that will reduce your exposure to nasty additives, making it easier to live well at home.

8 Simple Changes to Live Healthier at Home

Here’s a list of 8 changes you can make today, with little effort. No shopping needed. In fact, some might actually save you some time.


1. Stop Using Scented Candles


Perfumed candles have a few strikes against them. First, most candle makers use paraffin, a chemically-bleached petroleum by-product. When you burn paraffin, it pollutes your air.

Second, candle makers use synthetic perfumes to scent candles. Neither the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) nor the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) aggressively regulates these synthetic perfumes. As a result, you have no way of knowing what’s being released into your air. Perfumes can contain any one of 3,000 or more ingredients many toxic and unregulated. Some fragrances contain phthalates and other substances known to cause cancer and disrupt hormones.

The third strike against perfumed candles are the wicks. Some manufacturers make candles with wicks that contain lead. By avoiding scented candles, you can improve your indoor air quality and breathe easier. Healthier substitutes are available.


2. Toss Scratched Kitchen Plastic


If you’re still using plastic in your kitchen, take a look at your collection. You probably have more than you think if you include plastic storage containers, drinking cups, water bottles, cooking utensils, and other plastic. Chances are that your kitchen plastic is scratched from use.

Consider tossing your scratched and worn kitchen plastic into the recycling bin. The scratches may make it more likely that plastic toxins can leach into your food and drink. Plus anything hot can also cause a transfer of plastic materials into your food. Not exactly appetizing, or safe.

Plastic has a way of accumulating in a kitchen, so you probably won’t even miss the items you toss, and you’ll be healthier.


3. Avoid the Self-Cleaning Oven Feature


You may think that using the self-cleaning setting on your oven is a brilliant solution because it cleans without oven cleaner.

Unfortunately, the self-cleaning oven can fill your house with pollutants. When your oven reaches over 600 degrees, it can start emitting nasty fumes. These fumes come from your oven’s interior coating off-gassing or residual food burning and releasing carbon monoxide. Neither is good.

While it is well documented that pet birds can succumb to self-cleaning oven fumes, it’s unclear how toxic the fumes are to humans, with the exception of carbon monoxide.

Why risk it?

You know when you use the self-cleaning feature, your house fills with fumes that last for hours. Do you really want to breathe that?

Learn how to safely clean your oven without the dangerous fumes. It won’t consume more time. And, the benefit is much cleaner and healthier indoor air.


4. Open Your Windows


One of the simplest things you can do to make your home healthier is to open your windows.

Why? Because indoor air is dirtier than outdoor air. Airing out your house periodically will improve the air you breathe. EPA studies confirm that indoor air pollutants are typically 2-5 times higher than outdoor air.

How does indoor air get so polluted? It’s pretty simple. Your household furnishings and daily activities release Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). And then to make matters worse, most of the time you’ve got your windows closed trapping pollutants inside.

So, what is to blame for all the VOCs in your bedroom?

Here’s a partial list: carpets, paint, wall coverings, fabrics, scented candles, air fresheners, perfumes, pressed wood furniture, polyurethane foam furniture, adhesives, and showering.

One of the main indoor air polluting culprits is formaldehyde. Tests show formaldehyde in homes is 20-200 times higher than outdoor suburban air.

If it’s not practical to open your windows, you’ve got other options like an air cleaner that will purr gently, cleaning your air while you sleep. The top rated air cleaner is ideal for removing 99.97% of airborne dust, mold, formaldehyde, bacteria, viruses, pet dander, and pollen.


5. Stop Using Air Fresheners


If you only do one thing on this list, stop using air fresheners. Because government regulators like the CPSC have banned only a handful of hazardous chemicals, your air freshener can contain dangerous toxins. For example, the Environmental Working Group tested Febreze Air Effects and found 89 airborne contaminants including acetaldehyde which the EPA considers a likely human carcinogen.

In 2010, a University of Washington study found that eight widely used air fresheners released an average of 18 chemicals into the air. On average, one in five of these chemicals were hazardous substances. In addition, half the air fresheners tested released acetaldehyde, a likely carcinogen.

It’s frightening, isn’t it? By using air fresheners, you are releasing carcinogens and hormone disruptors into your home.


6. Toss Non-Stick Cookware


Non-stick cookware can release dangerous fumes if overheated. There’s actually a name for the flu-like symptoms. It’s called Polymer Fume Fever in humans. Overheated non-stick cookware fumes are sometimes fatal to birds.

You should try to avoid any type of non-stick cookware like pans, pie tins, and cupcake tins. And, don’t forget the cookie sheets. Non-stick pans that are scratched or worn may be more likely to release hazardous fumes and leach into your food, so consider tossing those items now.

Try these other great ways to cook without the worry or risk.

  • Stainless Steel (actually better for cooking than non-stick)
  • Cast Iron
  • Ceramic Baking Dishes
  • Glass Baking and Pie Dishes

7. Don’t Microwave in Plastic


Heating plastic in a microwave may result in more toxins leaching into your food. Find other options for safer microwaving. Use glass or ceramic and cover it with a paper towel rather than plastic.

You also may want to consider warming food on your stove or in the oven.


8. Air Out Dry Cleaning


The last simple change is about reducing your exposure to dry cleaning chemicals. Most dry cleaners use Perchlorethylene (PERC). Did you know that PERC is a suspected carcinogen and neurotoxin?

It’s true. And, a Georgetown University study proved PERC is retained in dry-cleaned clothes. One way to reduce the amount of PERC in your bedroom closet is to remove the dry cleaning bags and air out the clothes in a well-ventilated area before hanging in your closet.

You can also opt for the “press only” option in some cases instead of using full dry cleaning services.


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8 powerful simple changes to make you healthier at home

 

The Complete Beginners Guide to Water Filters

The perfect guide for anyone trying to wade through the process of buying a water filter. This guide has everything you need to know. Click to read more or PIN to save for later.

If you’re like most people, you want to drink clean water but aren’t sure where to start. Or, perhaps you’ve looked into all the different types of water filters and found yourself totally confused. There’s a good reason for this! The information available is complex, sometimes misleading or conflicting and there’s so much to digest. Until now.

You don’t need to become a water quality expert to choose the best water filter. We’ve put together the basics on what you need to know.

Welcome to the Complete Beginners Water Filter Guide. You’ll learn why it’s important to drink filtered water, important considerations for choosing a water filter, and our top picks in our 2016 Water Filter Guide.

In this Guide, we’ll cover the following:

Let’s start with why it’s important to drink filtered water.

Tap Water Contaminants – It’s a Long List


If you think about it, your water department has a big job. Hundreds of contaminants end up in your water supply including:

  • Agriculture pesticides & fertilizers
  • Industrial pollutants
  • Urban runoff chemicals
    • Car emissions
    • Road surfaces
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Personal Care Products
    • Flame Retardants
  • Water treatment chemicals & their byproducts

It’s an overwhelming list especially since well-respected research has linked many of these contaminants to cancer, liver, kidney and nervous system problems.

So, it’s important to understand some of the shortcomings in the system that provides your drinking water. Here are our top 5 concerns about tap water and why it’s important to use water filters.


1. EPA Standards aren’t Stringent Enough


Did you know that the EPA sets two levels for water departments?

You are probably wondering how this works.

The EPA sets two measures; one standard is enforceable while the other is not.

  • The unenforceable standard is the Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG). The EPA sets the MCLG at a level where they expect no adverse health effects
  • The enforceable standard is simply called the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) – this is often set higher than the goal

Think of the MCLG as considering your health and the MCL as considering your health and the costs of removing contaminants.

As a result, your tap water may have unhealthy levels of contaminants (exceeding MCLG), but still be meeting the enforceable standards (meeting MCL).

It’s a troubling thought, isn’t it?

Your water is not meeting the EPA experts’ standards for good health because the EPA also factored in the cost of meeting those safety levels.

To get an understanding of how this works, consider arsenic standards. The EPA classifies arsenic as a known human carcinogen. Its MCLG is 0.00 meaning that to avoid any adverse health effects, water should not contain any arsenic. However, arsenic’s MCL or enforceable level is 0.01 which allows water supplies to contain arsenic and meet standards.

You’re probably not on board with drinking arsenic–didn’t think so.


2. The EPA doesn’t Regulate ALL Pollutants (Not Even Close)


The EPA does not regulate all pollutants. In fact, a 2009 study detected 316 contaminants and a whopping 202 of those contaminants had no safety standards. About 132 million people in the US had unregulated pollutants in their tap water according to the study.

Admit it. You’d rather have safety standards for more contaminants.

You’d like to think that the EPA has selected the most dangerous contaminants to regulate, but there’s a constant stream of new chemicals being developed and an understaffed/underfunded agency trying to keep up.

The EPA is only regulating 1/3 of contaminants. Does that seem like enough to you?


3. Your Water Department isn’t Perfect


It’s possible that your water department is failing on certain regulatory standards.

People make mistakes. Processes fail. Equipment malfunctions. When these mistakes occur, they can negatively affect many people.

For example, from 2004-2009, the Environmental Working Group reports that water departments serving 53 million people failed to meet the goal for Trihalomethanes, a likely carcinogen, according to the EPA.

That’s a lot of imperfection.


4. Bad Stuff Can Happen Between the Water Plant and your Sink


Your water gathers contaminants between the water plant and your house, so even if you’re convinced that your water department is doing a perfect job, your tap water can be contaminated by the pipes that lead to your house or the pipes inside your home. This is precisely what happened in Flint MI and many other cities as well. Lead leached from the pipes and contaminated the water.

Five Things You Don't Want to Hear About Tap Water

You may think that lead pipes are a thing of the past. It’s true that lead water pipes are no longer used today, but many older lead pipes are still in service. And during a repair or change in water chemistry, these pipes can leach lead into tap water.

And, it’s not just lead that could be a problem. Other contaminants can end up in your drinking water as well.

So, as your tap water travels from your water treatment plant into your house, it can pick up contaminants along the way causing unsafe levels of lead and other contaminants.


5. Fluoride Levels May Exceed Healthy Levels


Tap water contains fluoride which can cause adverse health effects. A 2006 study of Fluoride in Drinking Water sponsored by the EPA recommended lowering the MCLG due to concerns about increased bone fracture rates and enamel fluorosis in children 0-8 years old. The committee unanimously recommended that the EPA set fluoride levels lower due to strong health concerns.

The committee also recommended further study about fluoride’s impact on thyroid and brain functioning.

Unfortunately, the MCL and MCLG are still set at 4 mg/L, an unsafe level according to the committee. For a full copy of the report, click here.

Seems hard to believe, right?

A huge study conducted by experts says that the fluoride goal is too high. And, ten years later, the goal still hasn’t been reset?


What Type of Water Filter is Best for You?


Now that you’ve learned about the EPA’s two standards, the burgeoning number of new, unregulated chemicals, the fallibility of your water department, the possibility of unsafe water pipe infrastructure, and the potential of having more fluoride in your water than is healthy, what’s next?

Well, you probably want to know how to get drinking water that you can trust. This next section explains the basics of water filter systems. The last section of the Water Filter Guide provides recommendations.

Water Filter Systems Basics

Almost all drinking water filters use some form of carbon filtration while the best and most effective purifiers use more than one type of filtration media. Why would products have more than one filter type? Because different filter types are effective at removing different types of contaminants.

The most common types of media are carbon and/or activated carbon, ceramic filters, metallic alloy, carbon block resin, and reverse osmosis membranes. Each filter medium has its strengths and weaknesses. For example, carbon filters are excellent at removing a broad range of contaminants but are completely ineffective at removing contaminants like Fluoride.

Water Purifier Product Types Explained – Gravity, Faucet, Counter Top, Under Counter & Whole House

There are many types of water purifiers to choose from. Let’s start with the Point of Use (POU) filter types. The simplest POU filters are Gravity-fed Pitchers or larger dispensers that you fill manually.

Then there are Faucet Filters that attach to your water spout and Counter Top Filters with a free-standing water filter unit that sits next to your sink and attaches to the end of your faucet via hoses. Both faucet and counter top filters have a diverter valve that engages the filter when you want filtered water. All of these filters are easy DIY solutions.

The next level in terms of installation difficulty is Under Counter Filters. These filters attach to your cold water line and provide filtered water to a separate, dedicated drinking water faucet (included with your filter). Under Counter Filters come with and without Reverse Osmosis (RO) filters. The RO filters need a separate holding tank for filtered water as well as a connection to your water waste line. These systems can either be installed by a handy homeowner, or by a plumber. Keep in mind that when you install a separate water faucet, you’ll need a hole cut in your countertop. A plumber can handle this for you.

A Point of Entry (POE) or Whole House System connects directly to your incoming water line and filters all the water to your home. A Whole House Filters has a high water flow rate, so it can’t filter out as many contaminants as a POU system. You’ll need a licensed plumber to install your Whole House Filter.

If you install a Whole House System, you’ll still need drinking water filter. Read How to Select a Whole House Filter for more information on why you need two systems.

Determining Effectiveness

How do you know which products are effective? The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) with the National Science Foundation (NSF) have contaminant reduction standards for drinking water treatment units. When buying your filter, look for these NSF standards:

    • NSF Standard 42-Aesthetic Effects. This standard covers Chlorine, Taste and Odor, and Particulates.
    • NSF Standard 53-Health Effects. This standard applies to hazardous contaminants including microbiological (harmful cysts), chemical (disinfection byproducts, pesticides and herbicides, VOC’s, and MTBE’s), and particulate matter (lead, mercury, etc.).
    • NSF Standard 58-Reverse Osmosis. This standard applies only to RO systems and addresses Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) and other hazardous contaminants.
    • NSF Standard 401-Emerging Compounds/Incidental Contaminants. This standard covers up to 15 contaminants found at trace levels in public drinking water. These include certain prescription drugs as well as over the counter pain medications, pesticides, and herbicides not before targeted, and some new chemical compounds used in flame retardants, plastics, and detergents. All good things to remove from your drinking water!

It is important to note that although these standards cover many contaminants and set up MINIMUM reduction requirements, a product does not have to remove ALL of the contaminants to earn NSF certification. The filter only has to reach the minimum requirement for the contaminants claimed by the manufacturer to receive certification.

You Must Read the Fine Print, Really!

To compare filters you have to look not only for the NSF certification, but you need to check each filter’s Performance Data Sheet to find (1) the number of contaminants removed, and (2) the real level of reduction achieved. So while it is true that ALL CERTIFIED products meet minimum reduction requirements, some will perform better than others at removing contaminants.

This is where we come in.

We can help you make the best choices for you and your family. We’ve already read the performance results and performed the side by side comparisons, so you don’t have to. All you need to know is that all products that are certified to an NSF standard are not created equal, so you aren’t confused by marketing claims. Our Water Filter Guide will make your decisions much easier!

Choosing the Right Filtration Product Type For You

How do you choose the right type of filter? Here’s a quick outline of the options.

Pitchers and Gravity Fed Dispensers:

These filters are not connected to your plumbing, are free-standing and portable.
Pluses:

  • Easy set-up and operation, no installation necessary
  • Great to use at the office, in dorm rooms or in temporary living situations

Minuses:

  • Only filters small amounts at a time
  • Performance varies widely among pitchers; name brand pitchers only filter a handful of contaminants. However, we did find one brand that filtered as well as an installed water filter system.

Faucet Filters:

Faucet filters attach to the end of a standard kitchen or bathroom faucet and use a diverter for filtered water.
Pluses:

  • Easy to install and move, good for renters
  • Low cost

Minuses:

  • Will not work with many specialty faucets such as pull-out sprayers
  • Limited contaminant reduction; all the faucet filters we researched had the same limited performance much like the big name water pitcher filters

Counter Top:

These filters sit on the counter next to the kitchen or bathroom sink and connect via a small hose to the faucet.
Pluses:

  • Easy to install and move, good for renters
  • Easiest way to install a high capability filter

Minuses:

  • Aesthetics may not appeal to everyone
  • Will not work with many specialty faucets such as pull-out sprayers

Under the Counter Filters:

These are plumbed-in systems that connect to your cold water line under your sink and dispense filtered water through a second small faucet rather than the main faucet. You can install yours at your main kitchen sink or at a secondary sink like a wet bar.
Pluses:

  • High capability filter, installs under the sink and out-of-the-way
  • Dedicated drinking water faucet

Minuses:

  • Requires space under the kitchen sink
  • Requires a plumber or someone with basic plumbing skills to install

Reverse Osmosis Filters:

These are plumbed-in systems that connect to your cold water line and dispense filtered water through a second small faucet rather than the main faucet. Can be located at the main kitchen sink or at a secondary sink like a wet bar. Requires more space than just an under the counter filter to accommodate a separate filtered water holding tank.
Pluses:

  • High degree of filtration
  • Dedicated drinking water faucet

Minuses:

  • Cost – more expensive than other water filter systems
  • Space requirement due to separate holding tank

Whole House

These are systems that are plumbed-in through your main water line to reduce chlorine. With the addition of a water softening component, they will also reduce barium and radium typically.
Pluses:

  • Filters all the water coming into your house
  • Can soften hard water

Minuses:

  • Requires a plumber
  • Very limited capacity to remove other contaminants so a drinking water filter solution is typically needed/required

Our 2017 Recommended Water Filter Guide

Here’s our short list of the water filters we recommend. We’ve read the third-party lab reports and researched these products.

See why this high-tech brand of water pitchers and containers from the US-based company Propur comes so highly recommended. These pitchers and container water filters are so effective, they remove fluoride, lead, and other hard to remove contaminants. Find out more about these outstanding water filters and why they remove 10-20 times more contaminants than the big brands.

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Propur Water Pitcher Filter

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Propur Gravity Water Filters – Available in multiple sizes

The Propur Promax, Austin Springs and WaterChef counter top water filters are excellent choices. Portable, highly effective, certified to remove 50+ contaminants. See why the Propur PromaxAustin Springs and WaterChef filters are so highly recommended.

Our favorite Counter Top Water Filter is the new Propur Promax. It uses groundbreaking filtration technology that makes this filter as effective as a four stage Reverse Osmosis Filter! There is nothing else like this available. Learn more about the Propur Promax Counter Top Filter.

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Propur Promax Counter Top

Austin Springs Counter Top Excellent Value

Austin Springs Counter Top Excellent Value

 WaterChef Counter Top


WaterChef Counter Top

Propur Promax and Austin Springs under counter water filters tested the best of all the under counter filters certified. See why the Propur Promax and Austin Springs filters are an excellent choice. Looking for a good value? Austin Springs is specially-priced at $94.99, over 50% off the regular price of $199.99.

Our favorite Undercounter Water Filter is the new Propur Promax. It uses groundbreaking filtration technology that makes this filter as effective as a four stage Reverse Osmosis Filter! Plus, it’s so much smaller than a Reverse Osmosis system that you’ll still have space under your kitchen sink for your all natural cleaning products. There is nothing else like this available.

Nothing else on the market compares to this filter.  Learn more about the Propur Promax Under Counter Filter.

 

Propur Promax Under Counter Water Filter System

Propur Promax Under Counter Water Filter System

Austin Springs Under Counter Water Filter System

Austin Springs Under Counter Water Filter System

 

If you’re looking for a Reverse Osmosis & Carbon Water Filter system, Aquasana’s reverse osmosis under counter water filter is in a class by itself. No other reverse osmosis and carbon filter system has three certifications, so you can trust it’s delivering clean water to your tap. It has a 4 stage filtration process and removes fluoride and other hard to remove contaminants. And, it comes with a remineralizer to replace the minerals removed by the RO filter.

With the introduction of the new Propur Promax Under Counter water filter, you no longer need to install these Reverse Osmosis multiple stage filter!  The Propur Promax is as effective as a four-stage filter and it’s less expensive to purchase and maintain. Plus, it’s so much smaller and won’t remove the minerals from your water like a Reverse Osmosis system.

Aquasana Reverse Osmosis & Carbon Water Filter System

Aquasana Reverse Osmosis & Carbon Water Filter System

If you still have questions after reading this Water Filter Guide, contact us. We’re happy to help you select the best water filter for your needs.

 

The Best Way to Remove Fluoride and Pesticides from Tap Water

Want to remove fluoride? You've got 3 great options. Get the details by clicking to read the article or PIN to save for later.

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.


Have a question for us? Contact us and Ask Pure Living Space. We’ll help research and provide answers.

How to Choose the Best Shower Filter for Good Health

Most shower filters aren't worth it. Discover how to choose the best shower filters that are good for your health. Click to learn more or PIN to save for later.

Most shower filters are not worth it. It’s a bold statement. But, it’s true. The reason is pretty simple.

Most shower filter manufacturers use outdated filter technology. These outdated shower filters primarily remove Chlorine and a handful of other contaminants.

So, what about the other 200+ contaminants in your water? The best shower filters use advanced technology that reduces more contaminants like VOCs, lead, heavy metals, pesticides, and herbicides.

You won’t find that kind of performance with most shower filters.


Why are Most Shower Filters Ineffective?


Why is the effectiveness of most shower filters so limited?

The older filter technology is limited by water flow rate. For a shower, you need a water flow rate of 2.0-2.5 gallons per minute. If the rate is any lower, you’ll have to dance around in the shower to get clean. Most manufacturers use filter materials that allow for a fast flow with the downside of limited contaminant reduction. The older technology is only capable of removing Chlorine, rust and the rotten egg smell at that flow rate.

Sure, the shower filters worked great for people who simply wanted to remove Chlorine. But, what if your water department used Chloramines and not Chlorine to disinfect your water?

These filters are not designed to remove Chloramines or most other contaminants. And, more water departments are switching to Chloramines as a water disinfectant. An estimated 20% of water departments use Chloramines now as a water disinfectant.


Why a Shower Filter Matters


So, why bother with filtering your shower water? It matters because your shower produces significant amounts of airborne contaminants.

How does this happen? The heat and water spray from your shower creates airborne contaminants. These airborne contaminants create indoor air pollution. Studies show that inhaling these airborne chemicals is more dangerous than drinking the chemicals in unfiltered tap water.

These contaminants can increase your cancer risk, cause birth defects and adverse pregnancy outcomes.

It’s a troubling thought, isn’t it?


How to Choose the Best Shower Filters


To choose the best shower filters, look for advanced filter technology.

The best shower filters use advanced technology like the Propur Promax shower filter. It has a good flow rate (2.0 gallons/min) and removes over 200 contaminants. That’s 40-50 times more contaminants than most shower filters remove. It also helps improve odor and taste.

This filter is high-efficiency. It uses a proprietary filter media that targets specific contaminants.

The Propur Promax shower filters reduce contaminants like VOC’s, lead, fluoride, heavy metals, pesticides, SVC’s, disinfectants (Chloramines & Chlorine), inorganic non-metallics, herbicides, pharmaceuticals, PFOA, PFOS, and micro-organisms.

When choosing the best shower filters, you should also look for third-party testing. It’s easy for water filter manufacturers to make claims, so you want to see the third-party lab results from a certified lab. If the test results aren’t published, then don’t buy the filter.

The advanced filter technology has opened the door for healthier showers.

8 Reasons to Love Your Home Air Cleaner

Is a Home Air Cleaner right for you? Check out these 8 reasons to own and love your home air cleaner. Click to read more or Pin to save for later.

Several years ago, I bought a home air cleaner. I put it in my bedroom and loved it. Then, I bought more. In fact, now I have six home air cleaners scattered throughout the house.

I placed air purifiers in the bedrooms, my office, the room with the kitty litter box, and the kitchen/dining area.

Why do I need so many? The air cleaner in the bedroom removes airborne allergens like mold, pollens, and dust.

Yes, dust!

It also removes VOCs generated from the shower and bath. These VOCs are created when the water chemicals used to disinfect water are heated and sprayed. The right kind of air cleaner can absorb these VOCs for cleaner, healthier air.

The one in the kitchen and dining area removes cooking odors, reduces VOCs from cooking on the gas stove, absorbs fireplace smoke particles, and reduces airborne dust. It also cleans up formaldehyde, benzene and other VOCs from new products we bring into our home. Finally, it clears the air when you’ve burned food while cooking.

At first, I was nervous about the background noise, but I find I can sleep soundly with the air cleaner purring quietly. It makes enough sound so I no longer hear the house’s creaks or the cat meowing outside my bedroom door.

Reasons to Own and Love Your Home Air Cleaner


Here’s a list of eight reasons to own and love your home air cleaner.

1. Ditch unhealthy air fresheners.

Why? Because the best air cleaners remove odors. As a result, you won’t need air fresheners. It’s better to avoid air fresheners because so many brands contain harmful substances that simply aren’t good for you.

2. Stop worrying about how your house smells.

You will never have to worry about your home smelling odd to guests because your air cleaner will reduce pet, cooking, fireplace, and moldy odors.

3. Dust less often.

While you’ll still have to do some dusting, you will discover that you won’t have to dust as often because a good air cleaner reduces the amount of airborne dust.

4. Live healthier.

Your air will have less mold, pet dander, bacteria, and viruses making it easier for you to live healthier.

5. Sneeze fewer times.

With fewer allergens in your house, you may have fewer allergy symptoms. A good air cleaner removes 99.97% of airborne allergens.

6. Help your immune system by reducing inflammation.

If you buy an air cleaner that removes chemical irritants, you will help your immune system by reducing inflammation. According to Dr. Mimi Guarneri, the body sees polluted air, chemical irritants, second-hand smoke and pesticides as foreign invaders. These “foreign invaders” turn on our immune system which can lead to chronic inflammation. Read more about VOCs and how they impact your health.

7. Remove neighboring odors.

Living in tight spaces typically means that you are more aware of your neighbors than you’d like. A home air cleaner can remove odors from cigarette smoke or cooking fumes, or whatever else your neighbors might be up to.

8. Reduce pet odors.

Let’s face it, pet odors caused by litter boxes or damp fur can make your place smell bad. An air cleaner can reduce dander and pet odor.

How to Choose the Best Air Cleaner

To get the benefits, you must choose the best home air cleaner designed to reduce allergens and VOCs. The best air cleaners have true medical HEPA filters combined with a special carbon filter. Check out the air cleaners we use in our home and our unbiased air purifier ratings and reviews.

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