5 Ways Dirty Water Can Deflate Your Summer Plans

Dirty or Chlorinated Water Can Impact PlantsSchool buses are boarding up.

Birds are chirping as early as 4am.

And even in our Minnesota-based headquarters, we can finally safely say that there isn’t a speck of snow mixed into all that lush grass and healthy dirt.

While not official until later this month, the summer season has arrived, and with it, the near daily reminders of the importance of good hydration. Continue reading

April Showers Bring Shower Filters Savings

[While we are always happy toApril Showers Bring Shower Filters Discounts offer discounts to our customers, oftentimes that tie playfully into weather and seasonality, we want to be sensitive to those in the southern United States – including hundreds of our customers – that are dealing with the aftermath of this weekend’s tornadoes.]

If you are able, we encourage you to make a donation to one or more of the rescue organizations linked to by The Weather Channel, here.]

As we hit the last few days of the month, April showers have settled over our Minnesota headquarters – and are in no hurry to leave anytime soon.   While we can’t do a lot to change the showers outside, we can say happily that there is quite a bit we can do to change your shower inside.

Rainshowr CQ-1000-NH Shower Filter System
Rainshow’r CQ-1000-NH Shower Filter

If you are still showering without a shower filter, you have no idea what you are missing.  If you use water from your own private well, there’s a very good chance that you’ve come to terms with the scale or smell of sulfur that envelop you when you try to relax.  Municipal or city water customers, on the other hand, have an entirely different problem as the chlorine used to treat their water can lead to dry skin and split ends.

Shower filters offered on our site will filter contaminants ranging from city dwelling chlorine to his country cousin sulfur out of your shower water, leaving you feeling truly cleaner and more energized.

Better yet, most shower filters on our site are less than $50 – and through Monday, May 5th – one of our more popular systems from Rainshow’r and its corresponding replacement cartridges are 10% off!

When buying the system or filters below, simply enter the discount code ‘showers’ at checkout and we’ll automatically take 10% off your order!

Rainshow’r RCCQ-A Replacement Cartridge
Rainshow’r RCCQ-A Replacement Cartridge

Rainshow’r CQ-1000-NH Shower Filter System – within minutes, and without the use of tools, this filter system will easily attach to your existing shower.  For 6 to 7 months afterwards, specially formulated filter media within this system will reduce up to 90% or more of chlorine leading to noticeable changes to your hair and skin.  This system also comes complete with a sediment pre-filter that enhances performance by reducing dirt, rust and scale.  Proudly made in the USA!

Rainshow’r RCCQ-A Replacement Cartridge – built to fit the system above, this cartridge is the secret to chlorine reduction.  Throughout its lifespan, this filter will be responsible for the reduction of chlorine in your shower, which of course means that it deserves the kudos for your softer skin and more manageable hair!

Rainshow’r RCCQ-PC Replacement Cartridge – a clear polycarbonate version of the filter above, the RCCQ-PC offers the same powerful ability to reduce chlorine and sediment while letting you get a good look at its inner workings.  Like the filter and system above, this version is also proudly made in the USA!

To take 10% off any of the shower filter systems or replacement cartridges above, simply enter the code ‘showers’ at checkout.  For any questions or help in finding an alternate shower filter system, please call our customer service team at 1-800-277-3458.

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5 Scary Contaminants Easy & Affordable To Filter From Your Drinking Water

Scared of Drinking Water ContaminantsWhether you live in a larger city and pull your drinking water from a municipal source, or further out in well water country, you are undoubtedly being exposed to some form of contaminants.

Some of these contaminants are mad-made, such as chlorine, and are designed to clean and disinfect your drinking water.  Other contaminants, including rust and iron, are naturally occurring in the environment.  These contaminants are clever enough to sneak themselves into your drinking water before you turn on your faucet.

Bottom-line, many of these contaminants will make your water taste awful.  If these contaminants occur in heavy enough levels, they can pose significant risk for both short- and long-term health issues.

Fortunately, the most common drinking water contaminants are also among the easiest and most affordable to reduce, including:

ZD-010 ZeroWater Water Pitcher
ZeroWater Filtered Water Pitcher – reduces chlorine, lead and more for $34

1. Chlorine – perhaps the most common contaminant for those that live in the city and the most common reason many will complain that their water tastes ‘like a swimming pool.’  Livestrong quotes research indicating that most cities within the US treat their water with two to four parts per million to kill off any pesky bacteria.

While we can’t argue with chlorine’s ability to kill bacteria, we do take issue with some of the harmful effects of both short-term and long-term exposure, from dry skin and split ends from shower water at best, to risk of cancer and premature aging at worst.

Fortunately, most water filters are designed to reduce chlorine, including our new line of Tier1 refrigerator water filters – built for all major refrigerator brands – and as low as $20 per filter, dependent on your needs.  And if you have a fridge without a water dispenser, an affordable water filter pitcher from ZeroWater or faucet filter from Instapure will do the trick, without forcing you to exceed a $20-30 budget.

One more point on chlorine – as 50% of chlorine exposure comes from bathing – a good shower filter also makes for a wise investment.

F8-CHROME Instapure Ultra Faucet Filter System - Chrome
Instapure F8 Faucet Filter – reduces chlorine, lead and more for $27

2. Lead – Lead must have seemed like a really good idea at one time, as most lead in tap water comes from the corrosion of older pipes and fixtures, per the CDC.  Today, congress’s involvement is needed to keep this junk out of our water, via the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act that went into play earlier this month.

Lead cannot be smelled, tasted or boiled out of water, and the only way to know for sure if your drinking water supply contains this contaminant is with a water test kit.  Higher levels of lead can cause health risks including elevated blood levels, and these risks are significantly enhanced for the sick, young or vulnerable.

Like chlorine, many refrigerator water filters will help to reduce lead, including our Tier1 line.  More advanced faucet filters, including the Instapure F8 pictured, will also help to reduce lead while running just slightly higher in cost than entry level models.

Maytag UKF8001 Refrigerator Water Filter
Maytag UKF8001 Refrigerator Water Filter – reduces asbestos, lead, chlorine and more for as low as $36

3. Asbestos – while naturally occurring, the unique ability of asbestos to be resistant to heat and most other chemicals has historically led to its use in thousands of products, including cement pipe used to distribute drinking water.  Asbestos also has the unique ability to, over time, increase someone’s risk for developing intestinal polyps per the EPA.

As frightening as asbestos can be, it is also a fairly straight-forward contaminant to reduce.  One of the most popular refrigerator water filters on the market, the Maytag UKF8001, has been shown to reduce up to 99% of asbestos while setting you back just over $35 per filter.  And for those without refrigerator water dispensers, several undersink water filter systems, including the Pentek US-1000 system pictured, have been shown to reduce this contaminant before it makes it anywhere near your glass.

4. Iron – iron is naturally occurring in both groundwater and oxygen free reservoirs.  When exposed to oxygen, it is commonly responsible for drinking water discoloration.

Per the EPA, iron is not directly associated with adverse health effects.  That said, it will lead to water quality effects, from the aforementioned discoloration to an unpleasant metallic taste.

US-1000 Pentek Undersink Filter System
Pentek US-1000 Pentek Undersink Filter System – reduces asbestos, Cryptosporidium, Giardia and lead for $128

If you have heavy doses of iron in your water, chances are, you are already well aware.  Fortunately, a small investment in a countertop water filter system by Doulton, including their W9331032 UltraCarb, can get the taste and coloring of your water back on track.

5. Sulfur – rotten eggs.  If you smell it or taste it in your water, you’ve got sulfur.  Common in well water, the smell of sulfur does not always indicate a problem with the sanitation of your water. If left unchecked, however, sulfur can cause all manner of issues, including promoting the growth of other types of bacteria in your water supply.

Dealing with sulfur is a little bit trickier and pricier, so before making a filter decision, determine first where you are experiencing the biggest issues.  Because so much of the unpleasantness inherent with sulfur is with the smell, many are satisfied if the smell is reduced in their shower or bath.  If you fall into this category, a Culligan shower filter will meet most of your needs.  The shower filter pictured to the left is hand-held and even includes a massage feature!

Culligan Handheld Filtered Shower Head with Massage
Culligan HSH-C135 Handheld Filtered Shower Head with Massage – reduces sulfur odor and chlorine for $48

On the other hand, if you have sulfur issues throughout your home, you may be looking at an investment in a new system set-up.  If you fall into this category, take care to ensure that your new system will accommodate filters built for sulfur, like the HydroLogic Big Boy.  We would also recommend that you call our customer service department at 1-800-277-3458 to ensure you get the most affordable custom set-up possible.

What other contaminants have you dealt with in your drinking water, and more importantly, how did you handle them?  We invite you to leave a comment below.

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How Often Should I Change My Shower Filter?

GXSM01HWW GE Shower Filter System
GE GXSM01HWW Shower Filter

Over the last several years, DiscountFilterStore.com customers have confidently evolved from one-time seekers of traditional air filters and water filters to masters of holistically healthy homes.  With this evolution, we’ve seen the market for shower filters absolutely explode.

Consider this: your skin is your largest organ.  Shower water – or bath water, if so inclined – is the one thing that you can definitively say will come into the most consistent contact with this organ.  If the water in your home is swimming in impurities, these contaminants will pour over your body every time you step into your shower.

Even if you pull from municipal or city water sources lower in contaminants, you will likely still be exposing the outside of your body to chlorine.  Most cities will use chlorine to sanitize the drinking water supply, in concentrations of two to four parts per million.  Short-term exposure to this level of chlorine can cause everything from dry skin and acne to split ends and premature aging, while some evidence links long term exposure to cancer and premature aging.

Shower water will also make its way to the inside of your body – whether by soaking in through your pores, being inhaled as vapors – or in the case of some, especially children and animals – accidentally swallowed.

Bottom-line, any shower faucet not equipped with a shower filter will be pouring the same level of impurities and contaminants that you work hard to keep out of the water your family drinks.

HO2-WH Sprite High Output2 Shower Filter
Sprite HO2-WH Shower Filter – 12 Month Average Lifespan

So how often should your shower filter system have its filter cartridge changed, once installed?  Pages on our site offering shower filter systems, and corresponding shower filter replacement cartridges, are equipped with information sharing how long a cartridge will last when it comes to ‘average’ use.  Average use when it comes to a shower filter is most commonly six months or 10,000 gallons of water usage – though we do offer some systems, including the popular Sprite High Output HO2 and Omnifilter SF100 pictured – that can last twelve months or more.

Unfortunately, the answer to how often you need to replace your shower filter cartridge is not quite as easy as saying ‘every six months’ or ‘every 12 months.’  The reason being is that ‘average’ use when it comes to a shower filter is better defined as ‘best case scenario’ use.

For instance, ‘average’ use typically refers to four people showering once per day in normal city water with very little in the way of impurities outside of chlorine or other chemicals used to clean the water supply.  On the other hand, if you live in a home with more significant water quality issues, including heavier amounts of sediment, hard water or limescale, your shower filter will last a considerably shorter amount of time.  The same would hold true if, instead of a family of four using city water, your home is a family of six using well water.

SF100 OmniFilter Shower-Soft Inline Shower Filter
OmniFilter SF100 Shower Filter – 12 Month Average Lifespan

So if you are one of the many living in an atypical home – or if you live in a typical home and have simply lost track of the last time you swapped out your shower filter cartridge – how can you tell when it’s time for a change?

As a general rule, you should be able to tell when it’s time to change your shower filter cartridge when your flow rate and water pressure begin to decrease dramatically.  This is a sure indication that your filter has captured nearly all of the impurities that it has been built to reduce and is unlikely to provide the benefits you deserve.  If you wait longer to swap out your cartridge after experiencing flow or pressure decreases, you will likely once again be showering in a steady stream of impurities – subjecting yourself to dry skin, split ends – and just plain unpleasant showers.


WSH-C125 Culligan Filtered Shower Head with Massage Feature
Culligan WSH-C125 Filtered Shower Head with Massage Feature

While rules of thumb are harder to come by when it comes to determining when to replace shower filter cartridges, our customer service team is staffed with experts – including several certified by the Water Quality Association (WQA) – that can help you determine if it’s time to change your filter cartridge – based on just a little bit of information from you regarding performance and usage.

If you have a question about installing a new shower filter system, or if you already have a system and have a question related to the installation or replacement of your cartridge, you can reach our customer service team directly at 1-800-277-3458.  We also invite you to share any of your own personal experiences with shower filters with our audience by submitting a comment below.

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